Emerson Climate Technologies recently held its most recent E360 Forum in Anaheim, Calif. More than 100 participants were in attendance for a day filled with two keynote addresses and eight breakout sessions. Taking place one day prior to the start of the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) show, the event attracted both foodservice and food retail professionals seeking insights into the dynamic regulatory landscape and the many refrigeration challenges we face today.
In the feature story of our second edition of E360 Outlook magazine, we talked about how the Department of Energy (DOE) has mandated significant energy consumption reductions for walk-ins, reach-ins and ice machines by 2017. Complying with these new regulations will require equipment changes that utilize new technologies and innovative refrigeration strategies in each application.
Increasing consumer demand for fresh, high-quality food options is permeating food retail delivery strategies and increasing competition within the market segments of supermarket, fast food and convenience stores. Case in point: the convenience store segment is expanding foodservice operations in an attempt to provide quality fresh foods that rival, and at times exceed, their fast food competitors.