Commercial vs Non-Commercial for Foodservice Operators
People dine away from home or on-the-go for several reasons, generating traffic in both commercial and non-commercial foodservice operations.
Whether you’re working in a restaurant, supermarket, cafeteria, convenience store, or any foodservice operation in between, having the right commercial refrigerators is key to running a successful business.
Choosing a commercial refrigeration system is no small task, because the last thing you want is to discover that you have faulty equipment or spoiled food. An experienced vendor knows the ins and outs of both commercial and non-commercial foodservice markets, and can help you choose the best commercial refrigerators for your business or organization.
Refrigeration Needs for Commercial Operations
Making up about 80% of the foodservice industry, the commercial foodservice market’s primary goal is to profit from the sale of food and beverage to customers. This operator includes many types of market segments, including restaurants, retail, catering & banquets, bars & nightclubs, and recreation and leisure operations.
As micro-markets and unattended locations grow in consumer popularity, food service operators should look to commercial refrigerators with advanced technology to keep food safe and secure, even in the absence of staff.
Commercial foodservice markets can protect customer safety by using stainless steel refrigeration, which prevents contamination and helps maintain a safe kitchen environment.
Grocery stores see a large percentage of their energy costs go to commercial refrigeration, but technology like LED lighting and electronic temperature controls are cost-saving options that keep food fresh and safe.
Refrigeration Needs for Non-Commercial Operations
Non-commercial foodservice, on the other hand, exists within a larger institution, and comprises about 20% of the foodservice industry. These operators prepare and serve food in the support of the establishment’s main purpose or function.
A hospital, for instance, may feature dining areas as an auxiliary service, but food and beverage sales are not the driving force of the operation. Corporations, healthcare facilities, schools, and military and government offices are all examples of industries with non-commercial foodservice operators.
Places like schools and medical facilities benefit from stainless steel commercial refrigeration, which will protect the food from dirt and bacteria while preventing contamination.
Non-commercial foodservice operations often rely on self-serve or cafeteria-style dining, so easily-accessible food equipment helps customers see and select the items they want. Milk coolers are a good choice for cafeteria use, while countertop refrigerators make the most use of small space.
Energy-efficient refrigeration systems make the most use of a non-commercial operation’s budget, which is often subsidized by the organization they’re a part of. Features like electric fan motors and LED lighting use less energy while maximizing refrigeration performance.
Imbera Foodservice carries a complete line of commercial refrigerators that are suitable for commercial and non-commercial foodservice operations. Whether you’re running a small restaurant, high school cafeteria, or high-volume supermarket, we have equipment that will suit your needs. Contact us today at 678-504-6835 to learn about the best commercial refrigeration systems for your operation.