In Part 2 of this article, leading technologies including ice makers, watercoolers and commercial refrigeration equipment using hydrocarbons and CO2 are explored at HOST Milano 2015. Manufacturers such as Dorin, Blupura, Hoshizaki and Rivacold comment on industry trends for natural refrigerants in the Ho.Re.Ca. sector. +PHOTOS
The future is clear, it will be natural refrigerants, but the intermediate solution is not that clear,” said Francesca Giombini, Marketing Manager. “Italy has been a bit slow in adopting natural solutions, but in EU the Ho.Re.Ca industry is demanding CO2 and hydrocarbons,” Giombini added, with regards to Rivacold’s strongest growth markets being the UK, Germany and Spain, and Ho.Re.Ca making up approximately 40% of that business.
In the UK, some hydrocarbon machines are the same price,” said Lee Tekell, Sales Manager, Hoshizaki UK, “but it differs from market to market.” In the UK Sainsbury’s was the first retailer to switch over to hydrocarbon ice makers for their new stores, and in Germany hydrocarbons have become the standard, while HFC machines are upon request.