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. 

Product Knowledge Guide: Food Wells

Long a staple piece of equipment for operators of all shapes and sizes, food wells keep menu items hot or cold, depending on the unit and application. Foodservice operators can use these units in either the back or front of house.

Product Knowledge Guide: Blast Chillers

Foodservice operators most commonly use blast chillers to chill food prior to storing it as part of a cook-chill process. By halting the cooking cycle, blast chilling helps retain food quality, appearance, nutritional value and flavor.

Product Knowledge Guide: Beer Dispensing Equipment

While draft beer has been a constant fixture at most bars and restaurants, the craft beer renaissance is placing a greater emphasis on this equipment.

Product Knowledge Guide: Refrigerated Display Cases

The popularity of grab-and-go items has more foodservice operators looking to refrigerated display cases to help meet customer demand. This equipment includes enclosed and open displays designed for bakery, deli and packaged food applications. A variety of operators, including restaurants, schools, businesses and airports, use refrigerated display cases.

Product Knowledge Guide: Shelving

The basic design of commercial shelving used in the foodservice industry has essentially remained unchanged since the mid 1960s. This consists of round posts and a wire-based system.

Spec Check: Undercounter Refrigeration Units

For operators seeking to save space while creating convenient cold storage options, undercounter refrigeration represents a viable alternative for preparation and cooking lines. Also known as a lowboy, this equipment’s smaller size makes it suitable for kitchens with smaller footprints or for operators looking to keep valuable worktop space clear.

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.