How to prevent wasting stock in your commercial refrigerator

How to prevent wasting stock in your commercial refrigerator

When you initially stock your commercial refrigerator, we’ll bet that you do so with the intention of using it all, which – in an ideal world – is fantastic. But it’s rare that this happens and, unfortunately, you may have to throw some products away.

There are a number of reasons why this might be the case. For example, products could have gone past their sell-by date having been left in your refrigerator for too long, which could be due to neglect or sheer forgetfulness. They could also spoil if they are left in less than ideal temperatures, or you may not have a large enough storage facility!

Here at J&M Refrigeration, that is the last thing we want to happen to our customers, so we thought we would give you some tips on how to maximise the output of your refrigerated products.

Organise efficiently

In a larger supermarket setting, there is likely to be many commercial refrigerators lining the isles that contain a very specific group of organised products. If this is the case, and you have done your thorough research on what products need to be kept at a certain temperature, then you should be able to get the most shelf life out of them.

However, if you are limited to a smaller display fridge or this is the most convenient option, then it may be worth being a little more tactical as to how you place your delicacies. Be sure to study both your commercial refrigeration unit and products carefully to find out where exactly they should be organised. It may feel like a tedious job at the time, but it will definitely save you stock and money in the long term!

Is the temperature correct?

Forgive us if this is a silly question, but it may be a worthwhile one you should ask yourself if you notice that your products don’t look or feel as cold as they should be. It is a common occurrence that the thermostat can accidentally be turned up or down a few tenths of a degree, which may not seem like a big difference, but can prove costly when keeping your products in optimum conditions!

Thermostats can also reset if the refrigerator has been unplugged and plugged back in again, so if you have done this recently it may be worth double-checking that your system is at the desired temperature. We recommend that you check your thermostat regularly. Perhaps every time you do a thorough clean, so you can be sure your refrigerator is performing as it should be, and no products go to waste.

Avoid overcrowding

We’re not saying all of your products should be maintaining a social distance here, but make sure you use common sense to detect whether you might have a little too much stock in your refrigerator. If so, then you might have to use some items much earlier than planned or even throw them away, wasting both money and resources.

Overcrowding is dangerous for your system, as it can lead to blocked airways meaning that the correct temperature doesn’t reach every area of your refrigerator. As a result of this, your refrigerator has to work harder than it needs to and stock could quickly deteriorate in condition and spoil, leaving them unsafe. Is this really what you want to happen just because you tried to cram too much stock in your refrigerator?

If you find yourself encountering this issue all too often, it may be time to upgrade the size of your commercial refrigerator to one that can easily fit the number of products you need. If you feel like you may be due an upgrade, then the team at J&M Refrigeration can help. We specialise in every part of the process, from design all the way through to maintaining your current system with our refrigeration service.

Get in touch

Has this blog post helped you save on stock and to maximise the potential of your refrigeration unit? If so, we would love to hear from you. Or if you think you need the most optimal system for your facilities, then the experts at J&M Refrigeration can happily be of assistance.

To get in touch with us today, call us with your cooling needs on 0121 544 0555 or contact us via email at You can also fill out our online enquiry form and we will respond as soon as possible.

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