Award winning bakery and Cornish pasty producer, Prima Bakeries has increased its frozen capacity through acquisition of a portable cold store from Blue Cube Portable Cold Stores.
The bakery, based at Redruth in the heart of Cornwall took delivery of the cold store in June following a requirement for additional frozen capacity. Using a portable cold store meant capacity could be increased quickly and within budget.
Prima Bakeries has been baking delicious Cornish Pasties, bread, cake, confectionery and savoury products in the heart of Cornwall for over thirty years. The bakery has a retail range for shops and convenience stores and a foodservice range for cafes, hotels and restaurants. The bakery is also well known for its ‘Pasties by Post’ service, delivering direct to consumers.
Blue Cube – one of the UK’s leading providers of rental temperature controlled storage solutions for the food and logistics industries – has supplied Prima Bakeries with the largest unit from the portable range. This gave the site an additional frozen capacity of 37 pallets to cope with 20% growth.
Blue Cube worked closely with Mark Norton, Managing Director of Prima Bakeries to find the best possible solution for the site. From the initial enquiry in November 2017 right through to delivery in June 2018 all options were considered to ensure we supplied the right product. Although Blue Cube’s core business is rental, a unit was sold from the fleet to support the customer’s requirements.
It was a challenging site due to ground levels so Blue Cube offered a full package deal. This included provision for groundwork’s and levelling as part of the sale.
To ensure the unit was future proofed, Blue Cube went one step further and replaced the refrigerant from R404A to R452A. R452A has a GWP of 2140 – a little over half that of R404A.
Mark Norton, Managing Director said “Blue Cube have delivered consistently good service, right from the start of this process through to procurement of equipment, delivery and aftercare”
“To ensure Prima Bakeries kept in line with ever changing F-Gas regulations it was important that we considered the GWP impact of the cold store. Blue Cube were on hand to offer advice and replaced the refrigerant which will keep us compliant for years to come”
Blue Cube’s portable cold stores are available in 14, 22, 31 and 37 pallet capacities. The units have an operating temperature range from -26°C to +26°C. This permits frozen, chilled and ambient storage applications. They can be ground based or elevated to a loading dock.
The latest generation refrigeration systems ensure greater efficiencies and lower operating costs for customers. Plus LED lighting provides up to 300 lux of light meeting the standard required for loading and unloading.
Each portable cold store is fitted with impact bars, lockable doors and locking door bars. Emergency lighting, externally mounted audible and visible man trap and temperature alarms provide all the necessary safety features.
In addition, side doors, ramps, dock level platforms and racking are available as optional features. The units can be linked to either a building or each other in order to help improve workflow.
View the full portable cold store range here.
With the UK in the midst of a fantastic heatwave we’ve got a few pointers to keep your cold store at the right temperature.
It was the hottest day of the year in the UK last week and temperatures are expected to remain in the high twenties. It’s great weather for a barbeque but not so good for portable cold stores or blast units sitting out in the sun.
All our units are fitted with PVC strip curtains. These are across the door aperture to create an effective barrier against the warm air outside. This allows the user to regulate the temperature more effectively.
You can see temperature spikes every time a cold store or blast unit door is opened. This can be massively improved by using PVC strip curtains and ensuring they are covering the entire door aperture. Especially during loading and unloading product.
As well as keeping your unit cold, air curtains can greatly reduce energy loss by keeping the cold air in and the warm air out. This will effectively reduce operating costs as the unit won’t be working so hard.
The lack of rain and warm weather also brings more insects and dust. So as well as keeping the cold in, PVC strip curtains have the added benefit of keeping the dust and little critters out! This in turn can avoid product losses through contamination.
So, to keep your cold store cold make sure daily checks are carried out;
- Check all PVC strip curtains are fitted & covering the door width. If they have been removed please get in touch with us to order replacements,
- Keep the doors closed whenever possible using the shoot bolts to secure the doors,
- Check the temperature set-point is correctly set for its operation,
- Periodically check the running temperature is within 2°C of the set-point,
- Check there are no obstructions to the condenser,
- Minimise door openings and make sure doors are not left open for any longer than necessary. Ideally no more than a maximum of 15 minutes in an hour.
For more information on how to reduce heat gain for cold stores this handy guide from the Carbon Trust highlights a few options > https://www.carbontrust.com/media/147201/j7981_ctl137_reduce_heat_gain_aw.pdf
If you experience any issues with your unit during this warm weather please call the service department on 01785 221721.