Types of Commercial Refrigeration Systems


Published Date : Jul 16, 2014

Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Industry

A commercial refrigeration system is a free-standing piece of equipment which provides cold storage for a commercial kitchen. There is a variety of commercial refrigeration equipment available in the market, both freezers and refrigerators which range from reach-in coolers to walk-in freezers. There is a growing demand by consumers for commercial refrigeration equipment Market [http://www.marketresearchreports.biz/analysis/163977]for food and beverage storage. There is also an ongoing trend of people dining out for meals. Consumers are also buying frozen food items which they want to store and keep for future use. 

These two major factors contribute to the growth of this market. Other factors which drive the growth of this market are the increase in consumption of processed food, boom in horticulture around the world, and growing sea food exports. Refrigerators are an important item in every household. Refrigerators market is one of the fastest growing sectors of consumer home appliances today. There is also positive growth in the food industry, which has fuelled the growth of the commercial refrigeration market.

Product Segmentation

Although, residential refrigeration systems are less expensive, they are smaller and less powerful. The small size tends to compromise the space which might be required in a commercial kitchen. Also, these systems are less powerful which limit the chilling power of the refrigerator. Commercial refrigerator systems have interior corners which allow easy cleaning and meet the design and health code requirements.

Reach-in type of refrigerators and freezers are upright, cold-storage systems which are perfect for back of the house operations. They come in glass or solid reach-in units. Some are available in full length, while some are Dutch-style, half-doors. Another type is the refrigerated prep table which is used in the preparation area of a commercial kitchen. These come in two main versions which are sandwich/salad tables or pizza tables. These units are conventionally thirty-six inches high, as they are designed to serve as a worktop.

Walk-in refrigerators and freezers are useful for restaurants which need large amount of cold storage space for the back of the house or outside the restaurant operations. These units are set up with commercial shelving systems and have a walk-in unit for better organization. They are used to store boxed or bulk items such as juices or alcohol. Undercounter refrigerators and freezers look similar to upright reach-in units, but they are much shorter in size. They are used to fit in smaller spaces in a commercial kitchen.

Bar refrigeration is another type of commercial refrigeration equipment which includes keg coolers, back bar refrigerators, and plate chillers. These systems often come with a stainless steel or black vinyl exterior to maintain the look and feel of a bar area. Refrigerated merchandisers are display refrigerators that allow people to view the products which are on display inside the refrigerator. These units have a glass door or an open front. They are used to promote quick sales of perishable goods.

Although, there are many factors which stimulate the growth of the commercial refrigeration equipment market, there are some factors which restrain the growth of this market. Issues such as protocols from Montreal and Kyoto and unavailability of more energy-proficient commercial refrigerator equipment tend to constrain the market. Also, there is a likely risk of electromagnetic radiation exposure to users and exposure to chlorofluorocarbons in refrigerants.

Companies such as Videocon Industries Ltd., Godrej Appliances, and LG Electronics Pvt. Ltd. are concentrating on developing more energy-efficient commercial refrigeration systems to meet the demand for more eco-friendly refrigeration equipment.

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