When looking at traditional bar operations, meaning those that primarily serve liquor to customers, refrigeration generally comes in three basic forms: back bar, bottle coolers and mug chillers.
Ice machines are part of most foodservice operations, helping staff keep food at safe temperatures, and cooling drinks. And recently ice has renewed its appeal as operators are using it as an ingredient to expand their beverage programs to include smoothies, iced coffee drinks and more.
Refrigerated display cases are available in a variety of configurations with a wide range of options and refrigeration system choices.
Refrigerated display cases can last for many years when properly maintained. Yet, there are signs that signify a unit needs to be replaced.
Although maintaining refrigerated display cases is not complicated, there are a number of cleaning and maintenance protocols that can help extend the unit's service life and ensure maximum energy efficiency.
Refrigerated display cases offer both closed and open air units for a variety of uses. Operators need to weigh the energy usage versus the convenience factor when deciding on which type is best. Here are a number of factors foodservice operators and their supply chain partners should consider when specifying these units.
Closed refrigerated display cases are Energy Star rated, and all units offer a number of options that can help increase energy efficiency.
Foodservice operators use open refrigerated display cases to sell a variety of food and beverage items that must remain cool but not frozen. Examples of products these display cases can house include pre-packaged items such as salads and sandwiches and beverages.
If treated well, it is not uncommon for a piece of hot food holding equipment to last for a very long time. More often than not, foodservice operators tend to replace their hot food holding equipment based on aesthetics rather than the item's wearing out. Also, some operators may identify the need to add a few more pieces of hot food holding equipment to help smooth production and provide better customer service.
Unlike other pieces of foodservice equipment, which can be more involved, maintaining a piece of hot food holding equipment is rather straightforward.