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How Retailers Can Take Advantage of the Surge in Demand for Alcoholic Beverages

The pandemic has caused a lot of disruption and change in the consumers’ minds and behaviors in the food retail industry. One prevalent trend that has sprung throughout the coronavirus pandemic is the surge in demand for alcoholic beverages. Though the increase in alcohol sales was unexpected by some retailers, consumers are clearing out shelves buying beer, wine, and spirits throughout the lockdown period. According to Nielsen’s market data, total alcohol sales outside bars and restaurants increased about 24% during the pandemic. Several factors have come into play supporting an increase in demand for alcoholic drinks, including a shift in

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New CARB Regulations Push Rise in Demand for Natural Refrigerants

The new California Air Resources Board (CARB) refrigerant regulations approved in December 2020 are expected to lead to increased adoption of natural refrigerants in the industry. Given the nature of the new regulations, which encourage the use of refrigerants with a low Global Warming Potential (GWP), natural refrigerants fit the bill. The new CARB regulation is in accordance with CARB’s goal to reduce HFC emissions by 40% below 2013 levels by 2030. This will affect the industrial refrigeration and food retail industry, especially supermarkets and grocery stores. Likewise, the new regulation will also put limitations on GWP use on ice rinks

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Why Using Propane as a Refrigerant in the Food Retail Industry is a Way Forward

As the food retail industry seeks alternative refrigerants beyond HFC’s due to environmental concerns, it is sensible to focus our attention on the increasingly viable alternative which is R290, or commonly called Propane. As a refrigerant, R290 has not caught on as quickly in North America, but it is frequently used in other parts of the world. For example, in Europe, they have been widely using R-290 as a refrigerant since the 1990s and are continuing to do so.  Because of its proven environmental and business bottom-line impact around Europe, food retailers here in the US have started considering using

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