Produce cooling

We feel that produce cooling is a very important factor within a cold store and placing the produce in a room, which has been equipped with fully functional refrigeration units ensures that the room is kept cool. Produce cooling will ensure longer shelf life for the items you wish to keep in them. There are methods such as blast cooling which can cool a large batch of produce quickly and efficiently.


UK Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Ltd have been installing refrigeration systems of all sizes from smaller walk in units to large scale industrial systems in Peterborough and throughout the UK for many years. It is our belief that your refrigeration system is an investment to your company and that's why we take great care in the early stages of design to ensure that we fully understand your requirements. It is easy to install a cheap quick fix system, but refrigeration units are normally installed for life so it's worth spending a short time considering all the factures, such as:
  • Energy efficiency
  • Running costs
  • Correct servicing
  • Electronic expansion valves
  • Inverter driven compressors
  • Speed controlled condenser fans
  • Speed controlled evaporator fans
  • Defrost on demand
  • Two smaller systems rather than one larger unit
  • Cold room insulation (is it up to the job?)
All the above factures will have an effect on business running costs and should be considered when thinking of a new system.

UK Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Ltd is more than happy to visit your site to establish the correct equipment for your application and submit a free no obligation quotation. Contact our team in Peterborough for more information.

High humidity cooling systems

High humidity cooling systems
Our high humidity cooling systems are ideally suited for cooling most vegetables, fruits and flowers with very high humidity levels reaching around 98%. Most produce can be cooled this way, cabbage, cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips, turnips, broccoli, tomatoes and mushrooms, also fruits including apples, pears, grapes and peaches.

Our high humidity cooling systems can achieve outstanding cooling results and are particularly good for the rapid pre-cooling of the produce especially post-harvest; we can remove field heat within one to two hours.

For 1 hour lost in the pre-cooling stage, the shelf life of the product is reduced significantly.
Conventional refrigeration may dehydrate the produce in the cooling process, whilst a high humidity cooler will reduce your product weight loss.

  • Rapid cooling capabilities
  • Reduced product weight loss
  • Longer shelf life
  • No high energy defrost cycles
  • Rapid pressure cooling capabilities
  • Low temperatures and high humidity

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Hydro cooling system

This system gives you direct contact between water and the product being cooled, this rapidly reduces the product surface temperature followed then by the core. This cooling technique is ideal for most root based crops, typically carrots, parsnips, potatoes. Ideally these conveyor systems are used for bulk produce pre-chilling, weighed, bagged and then dispatched.
Over the years UK Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Ltd have made technical advances to the hydro cooler by means of evaporator coil design water distribution and energy efficiency of the equipment.

These systems can be manufactured in a variety of ways to suit your requirements. Sizes can range from 1000kg - 20,000kg per hour.

  • Direct produce cooling by water saturation
  • Instant cooling effect
  • Extended shelf life
  • Rapid cooling up to 5 times faster than conventional air
  • Hydration of produce whilst cooling
  • Automatic variable speed conveying belts for increased product volume
  • Automatic water cleaning capability
  • Stainless steel or copper evaporator design
  • Stainless steel or steel hydro cooler construction
Hydro cooling system
hydro cooler for your items
Conventional cooling

Conventional cooling

DX Systems (Dry Evaporation Systems): A choice of floor mounted product coolers, or ceiling mounted if preferred. These cooling systems are capable of achieving 85 - 90% humidity, particularly popular with potato growers and dispatch areas of a cold store environment. Again these systems can be sized to suit any of your requirements.

Vacuum cooling

Vacuum cooling within the food industry is usually used for: Iceberg lettuce, spring onions, sweet corn, broccoli, celery, mushrooms, etc, normally removing the fields heat from the produce from anywhere between 25 to 40 minutes down to 2 to 4 degrees. Most of these machines are bespoke designed and built to your product volume.

  • Rapid temperature removal of field heat
  • Mass produce cooling
  • Minimal produce weight loss
  • 30 to 40 minute cooling cycles
  • Product freshness
  • Greater shelf life
Vacuum cooling
Get expert refrigeration units manufactured and installed for commercial and industrial requirements in the UK.

Call UK Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Ltd in Peterborough on 01733 240 369

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