A multinational F&B company is seeking innovative and cost-effective cooling technologies for products at retail environments. Such products, particularly chocolates, require temperature control in order to maintain their quality, product characteristics and eat experience, especially in high tropical conditions (+40°C). At present, glass-panelled cooling equipment (visicoolers) of various capacities and configurations, ranging from counter-top to bigger models are used. The countertop models are the most often used as they are easy to adapt to smaller stores (15-60L).
The company is seeking innovative cooling technologies and design solutions that can maintain temperature of 18-22°C in ambient temperatures of +40°C and with pull down time* < 4 hours. The current solution of visicoolers are subjected to stringent retail conditions like frequent opening and closing, heat loss through the glass doors, exposure to higher ambient temperature vs domestic refrigeration systems, so these must be kept in mind while designing any solution.
Solutions must be amenable to trade conditions, more specifically:
*Time taken to bring load to specified temperature