The Christmas period is hectic for producers, restaurateurs and retailers alike. The demand for high-quality products in large volume is unfounded, and each year it seems to grow.
With this in mind, you must safeguard your business against any issues that could affect it over winter.
As we dive head-on into the winter months, spare a thought for the engines that drive your business. If your business relies on effective cold storage all year round, you must take precautionary steps to protect the business from potential hazards, such as defective storage or a breakdown.
This article looks at some of the pitfalls of cold storage in peak times and offers fantastic advice on getting the best from CRS cold storage solutions. We also highlight a solution that will protect your cold store and business operations.
Cold Storage Inefficiencies
At peak times, it's vital to ensure you are getting the best from your cold storage solution. Poor operation and management can lead to high running costs and produce spoil.
Here are our top tips for maintaining effective cold storage:
- Keep general hygiene to an exemplary level.
- Practice effective stock rotation.
- Avoid cross-contamination by keeping the unit clean and tidy.
- Enforce best storage practices, such as keeping raw and cooked produce separately.
Meeting High Demand
During the festive season, the demand increases rapidly for local services as they are expected to provide high-quality products to end customers. It is crucial to ensure your business has enough storage capacity to see you through busy periods. Fulfilling your customers' demands and expectations can lead to excellent profits during times of increased spending.
Tight on space? Fret not because there is a solution for you. Talk to CRS about upgrading your Cold Storage to provide the extra space you require. If you're not ready to increase your stock holding permanently, we also provide fantastic first-use units for hire or lease.
We also offer hire agreements that will see you through the Christmas period. With 24hr Maintenance included, hiring Cold Storage with CRS is a very reliable option.
Benefits of hiring commercial refrigeration:
• No Long Term Contract
• Flexible Hire Contracts
• On-Site Delivery
• 24hr Maintenance
Feeding the Masses
Cold storage is highly beneficial if you're in the catering business, as it can allow you to deliver the highest quality dishes to your customer. The reliable solution needs to offer good storage capacity while adhering to stringent Health and Safety regulations for food storage and preparation.
Our most popular solution around this time of year must be the range of Blast Freezers. Our Blast Freezers offer quick and efficient freezing of vast quantities of produce, locking in the freshness and reducing the risk of bacterial growth. Blast Freezers provide many benefits for commercial food preparation, the main one being safety as it helps reduce risks of bacteria for the end customer.
With these solutions, we offer flexible hire agreements, as now is the time to enquire about bringing a unit on-site to see you through the festive period.
Cold Store Breakdown
A breakdown over Christmas can be devastating and carry huge cost implications. Yet, there are ways that you can reduce the risk of expensive breakdowns resulting in downtime and spoilage.
The first step is to ensure you are using your Cold Store effectively and abiding by the provider's recommendations on the correct use. Following basic practices will reduce the chances of running into service issues.
Here are our Top Tips when using Blast Freezers:
- Organise the contents in your Cold Store.
- Clean the Cold Store regularly and implement a checklist/rota.
- Check the condition of mechanical parts such as Motors, Fans and Filters.
- Keep doors closed and sealed as much as possible.
Although maintaining your unit is a significant preventative step, there isn't much you can do when a mechanical failure occurs. This is why you must implement a maintenance plan for your cold storage solution.
When cold storage units malfunction, it takes a certain amount of time before the temperatures rise and the produce stored begins to spoil. Therefore, here at CRS, we offer a Service and Maintenance plan, so when breakdowns occur, you don't have much to worry about with a 24hr Maintenance team on call throughout the peak of the Christmas period.
CRS Service and Maintenance plan offers routine servicing throughout the year to ensure optimum performance. Our highly skilled engineers are adept at solving issues and getting cold stores back to normal. We boast the largest service and maintenance team in the UK, so no matter where you are, we'll get to you and help to resolve any issues.
Peace of mind, matched by a premium service and high-quality hire units. What's not to love about CRS Hire? Complete our enquiry form, and one of our team members will be in touch to provide you with a no-obligation quote or answer any of your questions.