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What to Consider when Purchasing an Ice Cream Display…

Ice Cream Displays

Ice cream displays can be a great addition to shops, cafes and restaurants. Selling ice cream can generate excellent profit margins and increase footfalls.

There are three main types of ice cream displays – budget, mid-range and premium, The one that you purchase will depend on various things, the main being your budget, requirements and type of ice cream that you wish to sell.

Here at Acme we have ice cream displays to suit every need and budget with 15% off all accessories and first years free maintenance on all ice cream display cabinets, you can well and truly be ready for summer in no time.

Fit your shop, café or restaurant out with high quality ice cream display freezers from Acme. All of our freezers are designed specifically for the storage and display of ice cream in an aesthetically pleasing manner with value for money and the very best of after sales service in mind.

It is estimated that the ice cream market is worth well over one billion pounds in the UK and profit margins are high, so adding one of our ice cream freezers to your business is a sure fire way to boost your profits.

Choose from a superb range of high quality brands including Blizzard, Infrico and Mondial Elite.

Budget

Budget ice cream displays are essentially chest freezers converted into ice cream displays. Budget displays achieve a temperature of between -14°C and -18°C which is essential to make ice cream easy to scoop.

They have what is called a skin evaporator (this is the part of the refrigeration system that gets cold) – this is where the refrigeration system is built into the wall of the freezer – it is a simple, reliable yet very cost effective way of keeping products frozen.

These cabinets are a great entry level unit into the world of ice cream sales.

Mid-Range

These are specifically designed for the display of ice cream and generally accept 4.5 – 5 litre Napoli tubs. They will have a rear shelf to aid serving and will come with an internal light within in the glass canopy or at the back of the unit to illuminate the ice cream and help to create a mouth-watering display.

Commonly, they have a light yet effective hinged rear lid to help insulate the unit, yet allow quick access for serving customers.

Premium

At the higher end of the market you move into ventilated (sometimes called fan-assisted) ice cream scooping cabinets.

The cost increases for this type of cabinet but so do the benefits. The temperature is more consistent over the whole display and the unit will be able to deal with high volume of ice cream being served. Also, with ventilated cooling enabling more consistent temperature they are ideal for gelato which is more temperature sensitive.

Things to Consider when Buying an Ice Cream Display;

  • How much space do you have for a display?
  • If you do not have much space then you should consider purchasing a budget display unit such as the Mondial Elite BRIO or for very limited space the Mondial Elite ICE2V.
  • How many flavours do you want to showcase?
  • If you are looking to show off a couple of flavours then the Mondial Elite J7 or J9 would do the trick allowing you to display 7-9 different flavours. If you are looking to display a wide range of flavours take a look at the Mondial Elite NICEPRO18, this allows you to show 18 different flavours at once.
  • Are you happy to have extra stock that you have to access from the top. Or do you want under storage accessed from the rear. You need to make sure you have sufficient back up stock especially if the weather is fine and sales increase. If you have a high end ventilated scooping unit, do you need an extra storage freezer (upright or chest freezer) to keep extra stock in?
  • Do you have a suitable power supply for the unit you are buying? The smaller ones just tend to run off a 13amp 3 pin plug. Larger more premium units are sometimes 20amp, 32amp or some of the really big display units are 3 phase supply.

Here at Acme we have ice cream displays to suit every need and budget with 15% off all accessories and one year free maintenance on all Ice Cream Displays you can well and truly be ready for summer in no time and for a limited time only we are offering 10% off our brand new Crystal Ice Cream Range.

For more information about the range of ice cream displays we sell take a look at our website.

 Or for more information give a member of our sales team a call today on 01254 277999, special prices are available on request.

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Are Blast Chillers and Blast Freezers suitable for your business?

Food legislation now requires that all food must be chilled as quickly as possible and kept between temperatures of +68°C and +8°C for as little time as possible in order to decrease the risk of bacteria multiplying. This is where blast chillers and freezers come in, they are the best remedy to ensure the legislation is complied with.

Acme offer a comprehensive range of blast chillers/freezers from some of the biggest names in the industry such as Blizzard, Infrico and Williams at the most competitive prices. We supply these to a wide range of industries, are they something your company should be considering? This blog post will outline what blast chillers and freezers are, the benefits and how our customers are using them to their advantage.

So what are blast chillers and freezers?

The main aim of blast chillers and freezers is to rapidly drop the temperature of food within them. They are the most effective way of chilling food safely and quickly, preventing the spread of nasty bacteria.

Blast chillers and freezers are the perfect addition to any commercial catering establishment particularly restaurants, hotels, cafes and school canteens where food is pre-prepared and re-heated at a later date.

In addition to the essential food safety reassurances that blast chillers/ freezers offer, used as part of a well-planned and managed process, a blast chiller/ freezer will also significantly improve service, optimize the preparation process and cooking timescales, while reducing overall production time, food waste and food production costs.

Benefits of a Blast Chiller

Maintains Food Quality

  • Natural bacterial growth during the cooling process means that once cooked, food loses many of its appealing characteristics. In order to maintain food quality it is important to reduce any form of food deterioration by taking control of humidity, time and temperature. Choosing the right blast chiller / freezer will enable you to do this.

Prevents Food Shrinkage

  • Depending on the food type, ambient temperature, humidity and time scales, food can quickly reduce in size and weight through moisture loss. Using the correct chilling programme, a blast chiller can significantly reduce the level of dehydration of products by preventing the natural evaporation that takes place when food is left to cool in a normal environment.

Achieve Food Safety Standards

  • Using a blast chiller / freezer ensures that food items are handled in line with Government Food Standards Agency regulations.
  • Food legislation now requires that all food must be cooled as quickly as possible and kept between temperatures of +68°C and +8°C for as little time as possible in order to decrease the risk of bacteria multiplying.

Improves Shelf Life

  • By reducing the period of time when food temperature naturally accelerates the rate at which harmful bacteria grows, you are able to increase the shelf life of products.

Increase Menu Choice and Service

  • Blast chillers / freezers enable you to prepare food ahead of busy periods, which means that it is more feasible to increase menu choices.
  • Service will also improve, you team will be able to focus on consistently providing a full menu along with carefully presented dishes at all times.

Benefits of Blast Freezers

The benefits of using a blast freezer are the same as those for a blast chiller. There are also some additional benefits to using a blast freezer.

For example, due to the speed of the freezing process small ice crystals form in the food product, this reduces any damage to the structure of the food that can occur during a standard freezing process.

Benefits of Blast Freezers

By using a normal commercial freezer water within the product freezes slowing and transforms into large crystals that expands and tears the structure of the food.

Most frozen food products can then be immediately stored in a freezer for a period of 3 to 18 month depending on the food product.

What range can Acme offer me?

Acme blast chillers are able to chill food from cooking temperatures at approximately +70°C, to +3°C within 90 minutes. The blast freezers can also bring down cooking temperatures of +70°C down to -18°C within 240 minutes. Due to this quick temperature drop the blast chillers and freezers are able to allow you to freeze food items with smaller ice crystals than if done without, thus causing less damage. After the item is frozen you are then able to move it to a more conventional freezer to keep the food frozen.

As well as the preservation of the food quality, the blast freezer will be able to keep contamination of your food incredibly low. This is if you immediately place the food in to the freezer after safely handling it there will not be any spread of contamination throughout.

Take a look at our Blast Chillers and Freezers Brochure for more information.

So what type of blast chiller is for me?

Blast chillers and freezers are essential pieces of equipment for any commercial food operation that requires food to be kept cold or frozen quickly and efficiently after cooking.

The type of blast chiller or freezer suitable for your business depends on various things such as the size of your commercial kitchen, quantity of food to be chilled and the sophistication of your operation.

Smaller kitchens such as café’s, takeaways and bakeries will require less complex chillers such as Blizzard BCS20,this product ensures that 15kg of food can be chilled within 90mins.

On the other hand, larger kitchens such as large restaurants, school kitchens and hotels will need a more complex chiller such as the Infrico ABT7M, this product is designed to blast chill up to 30kgs of food from +70°C to +3°C within 90 minutes.

For more information about blast chillers give a member of our sales team a call today on 01254 277999.