Commercial Food Refrigeration Equipment Market Fueled by Changing Food Consumption Patterns

The increased demand for frozen foods and the growing number of food products that require refrigeration are expected to positively influence the growth of the commercial food refrigeration equipment market. This has led to the need for commercial food refrigeration equipment being used to minimize food wastage at both, production and distribution levels.

Commercial food refrigeration equipment has various end users such as hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, warehouses, and food service industries, and demand is continuing to rise. Furthermore, with the rise in the number of restaurants and other food service outlets triggered by the heightened interest in indulgence, the rapid shift in food consumption patterns are also expected to have a positive impact on the development and evolution of the commercial food refrigeration equipment market.

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Push to Reduce Greenhouse Gases Causes Increased Acceptance of Natural Refrigerants

Rising global concerns about global warming caused by the emission of greenhouse gases have pushed for a global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol came into effect in Jan 2019, encouraging both, developing and developed counties to reduce the emission of man-made greenhouse gases. This has had a direct impact on the global refrigeration market, where the use of natural refrigerants is being encouraged in place of HFCs.

Natural refrigerants, which occur naturally in nature, are seen as an alternative to the synthetic refrigerants already in the market. The underlying trend of using these gases so as to employ lower climate impact solutions has already had an impact on the commercial food refrigeration equipment market as well, with manufacturers looking to develop newer solutions for reduced environment impact.

For instance, in December 2018, Carrier, a global leader in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration solutions, launched Puron Advance – a refrigerant for light commercial products, as its primary lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) solution, replacing R-410A to minimize environment impact. The product has been marketed as a next-generation refrigerant, to surpass all the requirements of anticipated future regulations. It is set to be offered in all carrier products by the beginning of 2023.

Stringent Food Safety Protocols to Positively Impact Market

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 10 people fall sick from eating contaminated food, and food safety is considered a public health priority. At the storage level, prevention of an outbreak of food-borne diseases happens with the storage of food at wrong temperatures. Food Codes set forth by regulatory bodies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) that monitor the retail and food service industries require food to be stored at optimal temperatures prior to use and serving. Commercial food refrigeration is a critical aspect of ensuring the safety of food products and public health safety.

Commercial food refrigeration equipment plays a very important role in the preservation of perishable and semi-perishable foods, and the increasing stringency of these regulations is likely to have a positive impact on the growth of the commercial food refrigeration equipment market.

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Development of Equipment Powered by Renewable Sources of Energy

Appliance manufacturers around the world are increasingly focusing on the reduction of energy consumption and shifting towards appliances that run on renewable energy. Manufacturers in the commercial food refrigeration equipment market looking at equipment powered by solar thermal energy, which is also a strategy that is gaining traction.

Appliances that run solely on solar thermal power eliminate the carbon footprint of the appliance, making it an environment-friendly alternative to conventional commercial refrigerators. Companies such as SunDanzer Refrigeration Inc are involved in the production of efficient solar powered commercial refrigerators.

Penetration of Smart Refrigerators

The current trend of smart appliances, connected by the Internet of Things, has reached the refrigeration industry as well. This has resulted in the development of smart refrigerators for the residential sector becoming popular in recent times, with manufacturers such as Samsung, Haier, and Danfoss already at the forefront. However, the use of smart refrigerators in the commercial sector is low, which is suggestive of opportunities for manufacturers in the commercial food refrigeration equipment landscape.

Analysis of the Competitive landscape

The commercial food refrigeration equipment market is fragmented and highly competitive, with major players being established appliance manufacturers. Newer players are ushering in innovation and research & development for energy-efficient and environment-friendly appliances, shaping the landscape of the commercial food refrigeration equipment market. The market is continuing to evolve rapidly, even as it incorporates environmental concerns in the manufacture of commercial food refrigeration equipment.

From a geographical standpoint, Asia Pacific held the largest share of the global market with a third of the market share in 2018, closely followed by North America and Europe, a trend that is unlikely to change over the forecast period. Players in the region are looking to consolidate their geographical presence and addressing the increasing demand for commercial food refrigeration equipment in the region through mergers and acquisitions. Some of the key developments in the landscape include:

  • In November 2018, Danfoss, a market leader in refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, motor control, and off-highway machinery manufacturing and distribution, announced its acquisition of AAIM Controls Inc, a leader in the industrial refrigeration market. This moves propelled Danfoss into a strong position in the commercial food refrigeration equipment market.
  • In April 2019, Standex International Corporation, a multinational manufacturer of food service equipment, announced the acquisition of Genius Solutions Engineering Company, a market leader in the manufacture of highly specialized ‘soft surface’ skin texturized tooling, a move that strengthens Standex’s global presence.

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