How Aircell works for a retailer 

Chilled display cabinets that are manufactured with Aircell technology enable retailers to sell more, spend and waste less, and meet their environmental goals.

Experience shows that the best way to maximise retail sales is to stock chilled food in open shelf displays. Historically this has come at a cost to retailers and the environment as they are very inefficient. 

Aircell technology enables manufacturers to dramatically improve the energy usage and temperature control of the open display cabinets they sell. Aircell shelf sets are available for OEMs to purchase and fit into approved open multideck chiller cabinets during manufacturing.

As the EU and UK governments use the energy labelling tool to drive out the least efficient cabinets by prohibiting their sale, Aircell offers retailers the opportunity to continue to source open display cabinets from their chosen cabinet manufacturers and achieve a carbon footprint they can be proud of. Cabinets fitted with Aircell can achieve far better Energy Class ratings than the same open cabinets without it.

Integral and remote open cabinets fitted with Aircell perform to levels that are unmatched by any other open displays and are similar to cabinets with doors. Further savings can also be achieved by deploying a night blind during non-trading hours.

Using Aircell powered cabinets will allow retailers to meet environmental targets and save operating costs. Over £600 a year can be saved on energy, and COemissions can be lowered by over a tonne for every 2.5m Aircell cabinet installed in place of a standard open cabinet.  

Typical 1.25m integral food-to-go cabinet 

Typical 2.5m remote cabinet used in larger retailers 

Aircell® preserves food quality, retaining freshness for longer, extending shelf life and reducing food waste

A report for the Courtauld Commitment 2025 showed retail waste increased by 6% between 2015 and 2018, to 280,000 tonnes. That is equivalent to 190 million meals a year. 

Wrap (Waste and Resources Action Programme) said the increase was in part due to retailers’ efforts to reduce waste across the supply chain, including relaxing specification on fresh produce allowing the reduction of plastic packaging. It was said that providing more fresh, loose produce had led to ‘operational challenges’ given the items perished in a shorter time frame without protective wrapping.  

Imperative then to ensure the freshness of produce is maximised. A key factor in ensuring this is the level and stability of the temperature at which the produce is held in the retailer’s display cabinets. 

 

Aircell preserves food quality, retaining freshness for longer, extending shelf life and reducing food waste

A report for the Courtauld Commitment 2025 showed retail waste increased by 6% between 2015 and 2018, to 280,000 tonnes. That is equivalent to 190 million meals a year. 

Wrap (Waste and Resources Action Programme) said the increase was in part due to retailers’ efforts to reduce waste across the supply chain, including relaxing specification on fresh produce allowing the reduction of plastic packaging. It was said that providing more fresh, loose produce had led to ‘operational challenges’ given the items perished in a shorter time frame without protective wrapping.  

Imperative then to ensure the freshness of produce is maximised. A key factor in ensuring this is the level and stability of the temperature at which the produce is held in the retailer’s display cabinets. 

 
 

As shown in the diagram, Aircell maintains the optimum food temperature throughout the whole cabinet keeping food fresh and extending shelf life. Warmer temperatures accelerate bacterial proliferation and the development of dangerous toxins. Colder temperatures may cause unpalatable ice crystal formation, changing the look, taste and texture of food. 
Using chilled cabinets powered by Aircell can help retailers reduce wastage.

Protecting the community

Managing the risk of spreading diseases is of paramount importance today. By not using doors in chilled retail refrigeration, supermarkets and food-to-go outlets are able to reduce the potential for contaminated touch points.

Enhancing the bottom line

Open-front cabinets powered by Aircell enable retailers to avoid the expense of cleaning and maintaining glass doors and their components.

The combination of reduced energy bills, less waste, less cleaning, and happier shoppers leads to more profitable retailers.

Purchasing cabinets

Retailers can buy cabinets powered by Aircell from approved manufacturers. Adande Refrigeration’s Sarma cabinets have been granted approval and the company now supplies well-known brands.

If you would like more information on Sarma cabinets, Adande Refrigeration can be contacted here.

Alternatively, feel free to contact us directly and we can answer any questions you may have. 

How do temperature sensitive foodstuffs react to Aircell technology?

David Vagg finds out 

Sarma Refrigerated Cabinet
Powered by Aircell

“The Sarma cabinet with Aircell is helping us maintain fresh product at optimum quality for longer, reducing food wastage. The cabinet’s energy saving characteristics are also helping us meet our commitment to sustainable business practice.”

Mike Bonaker, Facilities Manager, YO! Sushi

Dot the Lions Café at Leeds University reviews an Adande Sarma cabinet

Powered by Aircell

Dot the Lions Café at Leeds University reviews an Adande Sarma cabinet

Powered by Aircell

Remote refrigerated cabinets in TESCO, Lincoln
Powered by Aircell

“We view Aircell technology as a good fit with our environmental and customer focused objectives. It affords shoppers unhindered access to merchandise for ease of shopping.”

 Joe Gomez
Head of Property Engineering and Maintenance –
Refrigeration and HVAC systems
June 2011-May 2018
Tesco Supermarkets

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Research has shown Aircell can pay for itself in less than 24 months