If you could combine high energy efficiency; better food preservation with extremely low maintenance cost and space optimization, would you consider changing your refrigeration system? Josué Cesar Miguel, partner of the Mig Atacarejo Group, a family-owned supermarket chain with seven stores and four distribution centers, made that decision this year and since then has been reaping positive results both for his bottom line as well as for the satisfaction of the supermarket's consumers.
The Mig group replaced the refrigeration system in one of the 1,600 m2 stores with the Embraco Plug n´ Cool solution, a sealed refrigeration unit offered by Embraco focused on vertical coolers. Modular in design, the equipment can be used in different store formats, from small family businesses to large wholesalers, which increases in-store design flexibility.
As Plug n´ Cool is more compact and doesn’t require a machine room, this has provided our customer further display space gains: about 15m2, or 21% more for product display and merchandising.
One of the noticeable key impacts during the Mig supermarket case study was the reduction in the electricity bill. With the new solution, energy consumption fell from 425 kWh/day to 270 kWh/day. This represents a 37% decrease in energy consumption. The investment will return in four years and the total cost of ownership (energy expenses and system maintenance) is reduced by 35%.
Another advantage is the solution's sustainable appeal, which uses the R290 (propane) natural refrigerant, reducing CO2 emissions to nature by 97%, according to TEWI (Total Equivalent Warming Impact), which measures the equipment’s emissions during its lifespan.
“When you install a solution like this, greener, it impacts the environment less and this can also be reflected in the consumers’ perception, generating better business results", states Josué Miguel. The improvement on food preservation inside the displays was another important point perceived by the supermarket. “We are now using this self-contained refrigeration system, and also doors. So, we perceived a significant increase in the quality of the cold inside the cabinet”, adds. Consequently, not only do the products last longer within the exhibitors, but the store also provides a better experience for its end users. Because it is a Plug-in system, the installation time of the refrigeration cabinets is 70% faster, and it is easier to maintain and clean.