Welcome to a new installment in the Miller NAFEM blog series! This time around the factory we’re focusing on is actually five different factories combined into one! The five factories Randell, Groen, Avtec, Power Soak, and A la Carte all work under the Unified Brands umbrella.
One of the big new things that UB had to show at this year’s NAFEM convention was their new line of refrigeration systems, which all models are switching to either a 290 or a 513 model number. All of their refrigeration systems are now snap compliant and are using all-natural refrigerants. They also all feature new electronic controls and new drain systems for easier and more precise use and control as well as better energy efficiency across the board. Another new thing this year is their new blast chillers, which now include touch screen controls. In the age of iPads and smartphones, Unified Brands is moving in the innovative direction of touch screen controls for fast and easy use.
While we were at the UB booth, we took some time to speak with Refrigeration Specialist for Randell Dave Rademacher about the upcoming year’s sales and what they are doing to ensure a successful 2019 for UB.
“We’re getting heavier into the retail side of the business with more focus in the retail market, but as far as solidifying ourselves in the markets we’re already in we’re doing that through being prepared for the new regulations that are being put in place with the refrigeration systems, stuff like that. So, just trying to be ahead of the curve and, you know, be leaders in that side of the market.”
Rademacher went on the describe the NAFEM convention as a great way for people to get a real hands on experience with all of the new and exciting products being introduced as well as existing products that they might not have gotten to get that kind of experience with before. At NAFEM, people have the opportunity to look at more than just a spec sheet or watching a webinar, they are getting to learn and mess around with these products first hand.
When you buy Unified Brands, whether that be Groen, Randell, A la Carte, Power Soak, or Avtec, the teams at Miller and UB would like you think of a quality, dependable product. Something that you will be able to rely on for a long time and a customer service team that will take your needs seriously.
While Arctic Air did not have anything brand new per se at this year’s NAFEM convention, Director of Sales & Marketing for Arctic Air Jerry LaMere was able to give us an insight on some things that have been released or updated in the past year; citing their new direct draw cabinets and upgraded version two chef bases. These souped-up chef bases have a new internal ceramic heat shield as well as improved drawers and mounting points as well as a few other features that are considered the best in the industry. LaMere also made mention of new five and ten-pound blast chillers set to come out later this year. When asked about any new markets that Arctic Air might have their sights set on in 2019, LaMere talked about their success in e-commerce and how the goal is to see that level of success elsewhere as well.
“I would say that Arctic Air already has a firm grip on e-commerce business: internet,” LaMere said. “Arctic Air has a very popular name and some good equipment, and we sell a lot of it on the internet. I would say our next growth vehicle is going to be with what you would consider the top 50 dealer crowd out there. [They are] probably commanding in the neighborhood of 80 percent of the food service equipment volume in business in North America, and Arctic Air is trying to become the low-cost value provider in refrigerated cabinetry to that particular dealer crowd.”
In our interview, LaMere went on to point out how the best part of Arctic Air is when the product gets out of the packaging and into use. NAFEM provides them with the opportunity to show said equipment to a large crowd of the top industry professionals and more. Arctic Air is value economy and LaMere challenged any dealer at the show to walk the floor and find a better solution than the one Arctic Air is providing in the industry today.
You can watch the companion video to this blog on our YouTube channel at the link below!
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