Hot boxes or ‘heated containers’ offer long term temperature controlled environments for a range of products but are they right for your business?
Many industries already take advantage of benefits that cold storage and mobile cooling units bring and when it comes to heated containers, it’s no different. From pharmaceuticals and botanicals to retail and bakery, temperature sensitive products make up a large part of many businesses.
Whilst most hot boxes are designed to work in a wide variety of industries, some can be customised to fulfil a specific industry need. This is particularly beneficial in the pharmaceutical industry, where very precise storage environments are needed.
You’ll generally find that hot boxes come in a range of sizes. So whether you’re a larger organisation or a small, family run business there should be something you can benefit from.
Typical products stored in hot boxes and heated containers
Much like cold storage, hot boxes are typically used to store produce or products at a controlled temperature – the only difference being one cools whilst the other heats. Nowadays, many companies are starting to use heated containers to warm through and even cook particular products before they reach the shelves.
With all that versatility, you will not be surprised to hear that there are a huge number of products that can be stored in hot boxes.
Below, we list some of the most popular.
- Baked goods – Such as sausage rolls, bread loaves, pastries and cakes.
- Hot counter foods – Ready cooked chicken, meats, pastries etc. such as those in retail supermarkets.
- Ready meals – Ready to eat hot meals for non-profit organisations or catering businesses.
- Botanicals – Specialist plants and flowers requiring warmer climates.
- Pharmaceuticals – Temperature sensitive solutions used in the medical industry.
Why do I need a climate controlled hot box?
There are actually a number of ways businesses can utilise hot boxes, many of which improve efficiency and cut costs.
The biggest benefit to hiring or purchasing hot boxes is that they allow you to move your heated storage in-house. You might already have an external solution for your heated goods but bringing it in-house can cut out the middle-man, saving you serious time and money in the long term.
Most importantly, hot boxes do not require planning permission and can be stored both indoors and outside. This makes them the perfect solution for business looking to test out in-house heated storage, without the commitment of a permanent structure.
If you’re interested in what hot boxes can do for your business, get in touch with CRS today on 0800 085 2298. Alternatively, leave us a message and we’ll get back to you.