During ATMOsphere Europe 2019, Poland, Biedronka, a retailer and part of the Jeronimo Martins group, won the Accelerate Europe Award for ‘Best in Sector or Food Retail’. Biedronka won the award for having believed and invested in natural refrigerants through an ambitious and visionary plan that started back in 2017. The Biedronka project has already seen the conversion of 600 existing stores and 350 new openings with transcritical CO2 systems. For next year, 300 more stores will be retrofitted shops and 150 new stores are expected to open.

“I am very pleased that the Accelerate Europe Award went to Biedronka, for their pioneering vision in the choice of natural refrigerants,” commented Matteo Dal Corso, CAREL Application Manager – Food Retail. “It is very gratifying to know that thanks to the CAREL control technology, the solutions installed are both highly efficient and friendly to our planet. Furthermore, with DC inverter technology and the monitoring systems used, we can reduce energy consumption by up to 15 per cent and optimise maintenance on the systems.”

Further satisfaction for CAREL came from the Best in Sector/Industrial award given to Bofrost, for having installed a transcritical CO2 system supplied by Crea using CAREL technology. “Both awards confirm that having invested for some time now in the intelligent use of natural refrigerants is bringing the results we had hoped for in terms of market penetration and reduction in energy consumption,” concluded Diego Malimpensa, Group Head of Sales – OEMs Food Retail.