Storage & Handling Equipment

Browse our articles on storage and handling equipment and find primers on a wide variety of specific product categories, including articles on how to specify, when to replace products and much more. 

Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for Heated Display Merchandisers

The condition of front-of-house equipment visible to customers, such as heated display merchandisers, is a reflection of an operation. Keeping this equipment clean and properly maintained plays a critical role in the success of any retail operation, as the appearance of food displays will draw customers’ attention.

Product Knowledge Guide: Underbar and Undercounter Refrigeration

While operators typically use undercounter refrigerators, also known as lowboys, in a kitchen’s prep area, the underbar type is most often used in the front-of-the-house bar area. Undercounter models have greater depths for accommodating full-size sheet pans, while underbar coolers are designed for bottled beverages.

Product Knowledge Guide: Rethermalizers

A rethermalizer works to heat up pre-packed foods from a chilled or frozen state of less than 40 degrees F to a temperature of more than 165 degrees F safely and quickly. This equipment, which encompasses water baths, combi ovens and cook-and-hold ovens, can heat a variety of food items, including soup, gravy, sauces, pasta, meats and vegetables.

Product Knowledge Guide: Reach-In Refrigerators

Reach-in refrigerators or uprights, which keep food temperatures between 36 degrees F and 38 degrees F, can store a variety of perishable food. Glass door models can help foodservice operators merchandise packaged sandwiches, beverages and impulse food purchases, while custom models can store temperature-sensitive items such as wine and chocolate.

Product Knowledge Guide: Underbar Equipment

Underbar equipment needs vary depending on the operation. In general, key pieces form a lineup to create a complete workstation. This typically consists of a countertop or work surface with a backsplash. Cabinet-style underbar equipment has a floor and an open front or hinged front access doors that allow storage below the work surface.