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A 2018 Update on Food Waste

Posted by RDT on Jan 17, 2018 8:30:00 AM

We waste a lot of food. In fact, close to a third of the world's food production is wasted each year, accounting for roughly 1.3 billion tons and nearly $990 billion dollars. In the United States alone, Americans waste $160 billion of that total, which is nearly 30 to 40 percent of the entire U.S. food supply.

But are we making progress? What is being done to prevent food waste? Where are we at in 2018?

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Topics: refrigeration, sustainability, food waste, commercial refrigeration, Eco-Cool, redundancy, Environment

Why Remote Refrigeration Monitoring Makes Life Easier for Operators

Posted by RDT on Jan 12, 2018 10:22:21 AM

In all walks of life, we’re always looking for that “easy button” – that one solution that solves our most pressing challenges without causing us worry, stress, or financial burden. While the real “easy button” is just for show, remote refrigeration monitoring is one solution that’s making life easier for foodservice operators.

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Topics: food safety, freezer, refrigeration, food waste, commercial refrigeration, Walk-Ins, commercial freezer, remote monitoring, temperature monitoring

What is the Ideal Temperature for Commercial Freezers?

Posted by RDT on Dec 14, 2017 7:56:42 AM

Just a few degrees can separate food waste from profitable food. Store food in temperatures that are too warm and it will spoil. Store food in frozen conditions for too long and you run the risk of freezer burn. However, all that costly food waste can be eliminated through proper storing conditions in a commercial freezer. Which begs the question, are you saving money by maintaining the quality of the food in your walk-in freezer?

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Topics: food safety, freezer, freezer burn, refrigeration, food waste, commercial refrigeration, Walk-Ins, commercial freezer

Why Moisture Goes to the Coldest Spot and What It Means for Commercial Freezers

Posted by RDT on Oct 17, 2017 5:12:28 PM

Every time a freezer door is opened, moisture enters the conditioned space. If that air is humid, even more moisture enters. But once humid air is inside a walk-in freezer, what happens to that moisture, and how does it impact the overall refrigeration program?

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Topics: refrigeration, food waste, commercial refrigeration, Walk-Ins, Eco-Smart, humidity

How to Eliminate Frost in Your Walk-In with Eco-Smart

Posted by RDT on Aug 18, 2017 5:08:51 PM

 

Many people look at frost in a walk-in as a good thing. It means it’s properly cooling, right? Wrong. Frost in a walk-in can have detrimental effects on your commercial kitchen. 

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Topics: food safety, freezer, freezer burn, food waste, energy efficiency, Walk-Ins, Ingredients

Food Storage Tips for Improving Food Safety in Your Commercial Kitchen

Posted by RDT on Jul 28, 2017 7:25:07 AM

One of the most important things in a commercial foodservice operation is food safety. When most people think of food safety, they think of proper food handling. However, proper storage of food is also extremely important to the integrity of your food. Consider these tips when storing food and organizing your walk-in.

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Topics: food safety, refrigeration, food waste, commercial refrigeration, HACCP, food storage

The Beginner's Guide to Digital Scroll Compressors

Posted by RDT on Jul 26, 2017 4:33:58 PM

 

What do foodservice operations like restaurants, schools, or hospital cafeterias have in common? The need for commercial refrigeration that is efficient, cost-effective, and reliable. One way all these refrigeration challenges can be answered starts with a small but powerful piece of equipment – a digital scroll compressor.

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Topics: refrigeration, food waste, commercial refrigeration, Eco-Cool, Digital Scroll Compressor, redundancy

A Quick Look at Retrofitting a Commercial Refrigeration System

Posted by RDT on Jul 13, 2017 2:53:24 PM

 

Because commercial refrigeration is one of the biggest drains on energy consumption in foodservice, it goes without saying commercial refrigeration can also become an operation's biggest savings opportunity. But how, and what about new properties versus existing ones?

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Topics: remote refrigeration, refrigeration, food waste, commercial refrigeration, energy efficiency, Walk-Ins, HACCP, school, Eco-Smart, Retrofitting, Chain Restaurants

Why Frost In Your Walk-In Freezer Is Bad

Posted by RDT on Jun 12, 2017 5:09:34 PM

 

One way of thinking is to see the frost in your commercial walk-in freezer as a good thing. It's cold. It's icy. Therefore, it must be holding ingredients at the right temperature. In reality, though, frost in your walk-in freezer is bad.

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Topics: food safety, freezer, freezer burn, food waste, energy efficiency, Walk-Ins, Ingredients

Why Redundancy for Commercial Refrigeration Is Important

Posted by RDT on May 10, 2017 9:20:39 PM

  

Let's say you operate a large hospital in Nevada. Maybe you're a facility manager or a food and beverage director who's responsible for the operation and upkeep of all the heavy foodservice equipment on campus. Now let's say it's the middle of summer. It's 105 degrees in the shade, and your walk-in freezer is about to crash. Are you ready to hear why redundancy is important for commercial refrigeration?

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Topics: bacteria, refrigeration, sustainability, Foodservice Director, food waste, commercial refrigeration, Walk-Ins, hospitals, Eco-Cool, Facility Manager, Digital Scroll Compressor