Plano, Texas-based beverage manufacturer Dr Pepper Snapple Group will begin purchasing vending machines and coolers that use propane (R290) as the refrigerant, according to spokesman Chris Barnes.
“We will move to R290 units as they become more widely available,” he said. “By the middle of this year we will start purchasing them.”
Dr Pepper Snapple, which in recent years has been purchasing Energy Star-rated equipment, “recognises the benefits of R290 in terms of the ozone layer and climate, and that it has excellent thermodynamic properties,” added Barnes. “It will give us a more environmental fleet of equipment.”
The company, which also markets such major beverage brands as 7 Up, Canada Dry and Hawaiian Punch, replaced 60,000 vending machines and coolers in 2013 with equipment meeting the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star requirements. It replaced an additional 20,000 in 2014.
“Each unit represents an energy savings of up to 30%,” the company reported.