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Self-contained, Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers

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Several Canadian manufacturers make self-contained, commercial refrigerators and freezers. Table 1 lists and describes the models they manufacture.

Table 1: Canadian Manufacturers of Self-Contained, Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers
Company Location Equipment Types
Canadian Curtis Refrigeration Inc.
Stoney Creek ON Commercial refrigerators, freezers (also walk-ins)
Coldmatic Refrigeration of Canada Ltd.
Concord ON Refrigerated cabinets, merchandisers, (also walk-ins)
Coldstream Products Corp
(a Coldmatic Group company)
Winnipeg MB Refrigerated cabinets, merchandisers, pass-throughs, counter-tops
Diamond Group, The (Foodservice Products)
Laval QC Refrigerated counters, showcases, ovens, custom stainless steel fabricators
Foster Refrigerator of Canada
Drummondville QC Merchandisers, roll-ins, wine chillers, etc
Habco Beverage Systems Inc.
Toronto ON Bev coolers, food service refrigerators & freezers
M K E Industries (1984) Inc.
Candiac QC Pizza & sandwich prep, refrigerated display cases, commercial ref. & freezers
Marquis Products Inc.
Tel: 905-738-2082
Concord ON Commercial refrigeration products, etc
McKinley & Taylor Ltd
Edmonton AB Restaurant & kitchen equipment fabricators (custom)
Q B D Modular Systems Inc.
Brampton ON Refrigerated food service displays
Rapid Refrigeration Mfg Co Ltd
Scarborough ON Walk-ins, commercial refrigerators, freezers, meat counters

Several Canadian distributors offer commercial refrigerators and freezers imported from the USA and from other countries. Table 2 lists the largest Canadian distributors showing some of the brands of commercial refrigerators and freezers that they carry.

Table 2: Canadian Distributors of Self-contained, Commercial Refrigeration Products
Distributor or Dealer Location Product Brands
Abcco Products
Burnaby BC Beverage-Air, Celcold, Coldstream, General, Hoshizaki, Kelvinator, Master Bilt, MKE, Silver King, Universal Nolin
Canadist International
Montreal QC Arctic-Air, Jet-Tech, Sharp, Spring USA, Advance Tabgo, Oceana, Marsal, Norlake, Steelcor, Sunkist
Cool King Refrigeration Ltd
Vancouver BC Victory, also used equipment
Distex M&M, Inc. Montreal QC Canadian Curtis, Beverage Air, Turbo-Air
Garland Canada
Mississauga ON Delfield
Hobart Food Equip Group Canada
North York ON Hobart
Mayrand, Raymond
Tel: 550-451-5941
Rigaud QC Coldstream, Traulsen
Rabco Foodservices Ltd
Toronto ON Beverage Air, Kelvinator
Russell Food Equipment
Vancouver BC Coldstream (re-branded as Dependable series); Beverage-Air
W.D. Colledge
Mississauga ON Randell Refrigeration

Largest U.S. Manufacturers:

Company Web Site URL
Arctic Air
Beverage Air
Continental Refrigerator
Delfield Company
Hobart Corporation
McCall Refrigeration
Nor-Lake Incorporated
Silver King
Traulsen & Co., Inc.
True Manufacturing
Turbo Air Inc.
Victory Refrigeration

Other Useful Links

ENERGY STAR® qualifying criteria for commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers

Specification information, sample procurement language and resource information for commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers.

ENERGY STAR simple savings calculator for volume purchases, designed to show an estimate of potential savings of ENERGY STAR qualified products.

A Commercial Refrigeration Incentive Program with Manitoba Hydro, for retail stores and for restaurants, which is unique in Canada. Some of the rebates, described in the Eligibility criteria for rebates in commercial refrigeration, apply to self-contained refrigerated cases.

No-cost refrigeration tips from Manitoba Hydro, offers information on setting up, stocking, operating and maintenance, controls and features to consider, employee education and training.

A Commercial Refrigeration Case Study of the Calgary Co-op is offered by Natural Resources Canada's Energy Innovators, a retail cooperative that upgraded many refrigerator and lighting systems, saving 20 percent in energy. Among other measures, they replaced open freezers and refrigerated display cabinets with glass-door cabinets.

Federal Energy Management Program with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) describes how to buy an energy efficient refrigerator or freezer. And it discusses the economics of efficient commercial refrigerators and freezers.

The United States ENERGY STAR Web site describes the benefits of ENERGY STAR commercial refrigerators and freezers and it describes how manufacturers saved much energy. It also has several useful links such as a complete list of ENERGY STAR refrigerators and freezers as an Excel spreadsheet or as an Adobe Acrobat document.

The US-based Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) recommends high efficiency levels for commercial refrigerators and freezers. The Web site also contains other interesting links to incentive programs in the USA and to technical reports.

Technical Reports

"Energy Savings Potential for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment" Arthur D. Little, Inc., June, 1996. This technical report describes and evaluates energy-saving measures for commercial refrigerators and freezers and estimates the payback periods and energy savings.

Steven Nadel, "Packaged Commercial Refrigeration Equipment: a Briefing Report for Program Planners and Implementers", ACEEE, December 2002. This report describes the recommended minimum efficiency levels for commercial refrigerators and freezers. And it also describes an interesting add-on feature for refrigerators that turns down the refrigerator compressor and lights when no one is in front of it.

The US-based Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) provides an up to date listing of commercial refrigerators and freezers in the USA meeting the California Energy Commission's Tier 2 levels. These resemble the Jan. 1, 2008 regulations for Canada. You may buy some of these models in Canada.

The CEE also provides a technical paper by TIAX LLC (purchaser of AD Little): "Application of Best Industry Practices to the Design of Commercial Refrigerators – Development of a High Efficiency Reach-In Refrigerator", Final Report to: National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, June 2002. The paper describes the design of a very efficient commercial refrigerator.

Southern California Edison (SCE) provides a case study describing how aluminum covers in supermarkets use less energy and heat than open refrigerated display cabinets. Edison's Refrigeration Technology and Test Center (RTTC) in southern California tested the display case in a controlled environment chamber.