Aggreko warns of expected surge in demand for cold storage solutions26 May 2020

Higher seasonal temperatures and reduced product demand stemming from the Covid-19 crisis will result in cold storage spaces exceeding capacity, according to temporary power and temperature solutions company Aggreko.

With long range weather forecasts predicting high temperatures throughout an already challenging summer, the firm is encouraging food and beverage companies to plan ahead and prevent a situation where cooling systems may struggle to meet rising demand.

“Ensuring enough cold storage space remains a concern, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic,” says Matt Watson, temperature control specialist at Aggreko. “Restaurant and hotel closures have resulted in less demand for certain food products, so these goods are remaining in rapidly filling chill/cold stores. As such, more temporary chill/cold storage capacity may be required at a national level if we are to ensure the country’s infrastructure is not overwhelmed.”

He continues: “I believe top-up or add-in solutions that provide additional cooling capacity will be increasingly in demand in the coming months. Also, companies are going to need solutions that can work alongside existing installed infrastructure to reduce temperature back to required store temperatures. With the likes of Make UK recently advising that the situation is only likely to get worse before it gets better, we’d encourage companies to start procuring these solutions sooner rather than later.”

The company says that its rapid response team enables equipment to be delivered and set up within hours. Additionally, its engineering team can visit locations to design and install bespoke packages.

Adam Offord

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