Refrigeration, Storage & Handling

Check out vendor-neutral guides to specific product types below.


Soft-serve ice cream machines are a staple of quick-service restaurants and the source of a favorite treat, especially during the summer months. Here are some tips to keep these units working properly.

While refrigeration equipment is designed to keep menu items at food-safe temperatures, blast chillers quickly draw down the temperature of menu items to food-safe temperatures.

Maintaining blast chillers is important from a safety standpoint since temperature consistency is key for HACCP reporting. Operators can take specific steps to prolong the service life of these units and keep systems in safe operating condition.

Cleaning and maintenance needs for reach-in refrigerators may be overlooked since these units don’t require much interaction other than opening and closing doors.

Blast-chilling food reduces the temperature of cooked product quickly, but this process also helps maintain safe product temperatures throughout the preparation cycle. In addition, this quick-chilling method maintains product temperature, minimizes the potential of overcooking and extends product life.

Reach-in refrigerators have become standard in the fast-casual and quick-service segments for grab-and-go items.