TECHNOLOGY | Staff Reporter, UK

Le Pain Quotidien introduces refrigerated Grab & Go cabinet in Soho site

The cabinet has completed a successful field trial in the UK fast food outlet.

The prototype ‘Crivat’ model, with unique and patented Aircell technology, provides a range of food to go focused features. With reduced energy consumption of over 30% and tighter holding temperature, brands save costs and food stays fresh. The ‘Crivat’ Aircell cabinet reportedly has a larger shelf display area than display cases with similar footprints, ensuring that there is more product on the shelves. This reduces the potential for shelf stock being exhausted and consequent lost sales, especially during periods of peak trading. It also reduces the frequency of shelf restocking.

As part of the development of the ‘Crivat’ Aircell cabinet, a unit was installed at Le Pain Quotidien food to go outlet in Soho, London, for the display of sandwiches, baguettes, salads and soft drinks. Over a three week test period, energy consumption of the Grab & Go cabinet was measured as 33% less than the store’s existing open front multi deck display. This reduction in energy consumption would represent an annual saving in electricity costs of £365.

Following the trials, Le Pain Quotidien has purchased the prototype ‘Crivat’ Aircell cabinet.

Le Pain Quotidien’s estate manager Steve Howard said, “I am pleased with the performance of the trial cabinet in terms of consistent temperature and lower energy consumption. We have enjoyed positive feedback from guests, regarding product presentation.”

Applied Design & Engineering’s managing director Ian Wood added, “We are delighted with the results of the UK field trials, which have demonstrated that the ‘Crivat’ Aircell® cabinet offers tangible benefits for food to go operators. We are currently conducting further field trials in the UK and mainland Europe to gather further performance data. We are expecting our Grab & Go cabinets to be available commercially in the first quarter of 2018.”

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