Cooling Helps Keeps Cookies Iced
A typical problem for many food warehouses is keeping products cooled adequately throughout the hot summer months. The management at one major sweets warehouse in New Jersey faced just such a problem earlier this year and decided to look at ways to preserve its fresh chocolate-coated cookies.
Temperatures in the cookie-maker's poorly insulated building often climb significantly during the summer, causing the chocolate to melt off the products. In previous years, the company has sent its products to a cold storage facility. While that solution maintain product freshness, management hoped to eliminate the logistical problems associated with storing the product as well as find a more economical solution.
John Tracey, plant manager at the sweets warehouse, called NuTemp/ Longville, Marietta, Ga., in February 2003. What Tracey needed was a chiller and air handlers that would keep the warehouse temperature below 75oF (24oC) from June to October. Planning for the project began immediately in February, and by June, a 100-ton air-cooled chiller and two air-handlers were installed and running at the warehouse. The equipment stayed on site until the end of October.
NuTemp says that the sweets manufacturer was pleased with the rental and will consider this same solution for next summer.