Refrigeration Design Technologies designs and manufactures refrigeration systems for food service operations. RDT has equipment in many restaurants, hotels, casinos, universities, hospitals, prisons, corporate dining facilities, sporting stadiums and theme parks.
Refrigeration systems are a vital part of the modern world, used everywhere from industrial manufacturing to food processing to residential and commercial air-conditioning. Today, the world of refrigeration systems is becoming more and more tightly regulated. Such regulations ultimately act to increase sustainability, while lowering energy consumption, and this has enormous impacts on those of us in the foodservice industry.
Restaurants have notoriously high overhead and correspondingly small profit margins, meaning owners must do everything they can to eliminate unwanted inefficiency and waste. Historically, fresh produce has been one of the largest single sources of waste for restaurants. Now. many chefs are taking extra measures to ensure they get the most from their fruits and vegetables.
Up until a few decades ago, the dry method was, as it always had been, the only method of aging meat. Things changed in the 1960s. When vacuum packaging was invented, wet aging became the preferred method. In spite of the difference in taste of wet aged meat, the process causes much less shrinkage, making meat more profitable for retailers.
Here’s a definition of refrigeration systems we hear very often: It's a technology to store food. That's correct, for sure, but we have a better one. It's a technology to control temperature and humidity.
Food waste in the U.S. has long passed an alarming threshold. In 2012, research undertaken by the Natural Resources Defense Council revealed that up to 40% of food goes uneaten. While an outrageous, quantity of food is wasted, 12% of American households lacked access to enough food in 2017 (USDA research).
To cook great food, chefs use two elements: heat and time. To get the best results, quite often heat is used in moderate quantity and at a slow pace. In the oven and on the stove, slowness can be a virtue. This isn't always the case, though.
The Department of Energy and other organizations have new sets of standards for walk-in coolers and freezers. These changing energy regulations are impacting commercial refrigeration choices across the foodservice industry, so we'd like to take a few minutes to walk you through what they are and how they will impact your operation.
We all know about farm-to-table, the idea of going out in our local communities and sourcing ingredients as close-to-home as possible. In fact, in last year's What's Hot Trends Report, the National Restaurant Association listed hyper-local sourcing as their top trend of 2018.