Storage & Handling Equipment

Browse our articles on storage and handling equipment and find primers on a wide variety of specific product categories, including articles on how to specify, when to replace products and much more. 

Combination Walk-in Refrigerators and Freezers

For operators looking to cut costs and consolidate storage, combination walk-in refrigerator freezers may be a viable option to consider as an alternative to two separate units. Like single-unit walk-ins, combination models are typically custom-made, so these units come in virtually any shape and size.

Product Knowledge Guide: Shelving

Operators can choose from a variety of shelving unit types, including standalone stationary, multiple units mounted on track systems, wall-mounted or mobile, such as those configured as utility carts.

Product Knowledge Guide: Work Tables

Foodservice operators generally use commercial work tables for food preparation and packing.

Product Knowledge Guide: Ice Makers

In the foodservice industry ice comes in three main forms: cubed, including small and medium versions; flake and nugget ice, which are small bits of ice completely different from their cubed siblings; and various other shapes that vary by manufacturer. Some ice machines form other cube types, including gourmet square cubes, octagon and crushed.

Product Knowledge Guide: Walk-in Refrigerators

Walk-in refrigerators and freezers are available in virtually any shape and size. These units can be as small as 15 cubic feet and as large as 400,000 square feet. Multilevel walk-ins also are available. Coolers are more likely to be larger than freezers.

Product Knowledge Guide: Reach-in Refrigeration and Freezers

The reach-in category encompasses refrigerators and freezers but also includes pass-thrus, roll-ins and even under counter units. Refrigerators keep food temperatures at between 36 degrees F and 38 degrees F, while freezers hold food between -10 degrees F and 0 degrees F. Foodservice operators can also choose combination refrigerator-freezers that feature separate temperature readouts.

Spec Check: Roll-in Refrigerators

Part of the reach-in category, roll-in refrigerators provide enhanced versatility in the kitchen. In most cases, these units are designed to accommodate carts containing food pans.


Spec Check: Blast Chillers

Using a blast chiller represents one of the safest ways to quickly reduce the temperature of hot food. That's because blast chillers pull down the temperature of hot food from 160 degrees F to 38 degrees F in 90 minutes or less.

Spec Check: Shelving

Most foodservice operators struggle with correlating menu size with storage areas. The fact that kitchen layouts vary and extra space typically comes at a premium only makes this more challenging.

Spec Check: Ice Machine Applications

It's a cold, hard fact: specifying the right ice machine requires careful consideration of a number of critical factors ranging from service style to menu to peak demand periods to space available for the unit.

Spec Check: Heated Merchandisers

Whereas hot wells were popular for holding food for front of house self-service in the past, more operators continue to look for heat and display alternatives. Heated merchandisers are a fixture in retail settings, including supermarkets and convenience stores, holding hot food that is either in pans for portioning or pre-packaged for grab-and-go applications.