GVR Report cover Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Refrigerators & Freezers, Beverage Refrigeration), By Application, By System Type, By Capacity, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-531-1
  • Number of Pages: 127
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2021
  • Industry: Technology

Report Overview

The global commercial refrigeration equipment market size was valued at USD 39.31 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2% from 2023 to 2030. The rapid expansion of the hospitality and tourism sector and the growing preference among end-consumers for takeaway meals are expected to drive market growth over the forecast period. In addition, increasing regulatory pressures resulting in the adoption of lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants coupled with the ongoing technological breakthroughs will also provide positive growth prospects for the market.

U.S. Commercial Refrigeration Equipment market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

A considerable rise in the international food trade has also instigated the demand for the refrigeration of frozen foods, processed foods, and seafood. The continual innovations and rapid improvements in technologies, including liquid-vapor compression and ammonia absorption systems, are driving the product demand further. Various leading manufacturers are focusing on R&D activities to enhance the design and temperature control of their products to gain a competitive edge in the industry. The increasing need to control and monitor the environment of a commercial kitchen is expected to provide ample growth opportunities for the market over the foreseeable future.

Products equipped with automated or smart refrigeration controls are gaining massive traction in the market. As per the Federal Energy Management Program, commercial refrigerators with ENERGY STAR certification consume 1.89 kWh energy per day on an average, while refrigerators with lesser efficiency consume energy of around 4.44 kWh per day. The increasing demand for energy-efficient commercial refrigerators driven by the rising awareness about their environment-friendly and cost-effective nature is encouraging the market players to develop innovative designs.

Climate concerns related to high GWP refrigerants, such as global warming and ozone depletion, are urging the manufacturers to produce alternatives. The rising demand for technologies that can address hazardous gas emissions has urged market participants to equip their products with advanced magnetic refrigeration systems. These systems also improve the energy efficiency of refrigeration equipment, thereby minimizing operational costs. As per the U.S. Department of Energy statistics, these systems are highly energy-efficient and can help in energy saving of up to 30%.

The worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis led to the establishment of stringent containment measures, resulting in a temporary halt in the manufacturing and shipment of commercial refrigeration equipment. However, the pandemic created a strong demand for vaccine production and storage, which triggered the demand for cold storage solutions to support the mass immunization program against the coronavirus. The accelerating usage of vaccine storage units is likely to propel the demand for transportation refrigeration equipment in the subsequent years.

Product Insights

The refrigerators and freezers segment accounted for a revenue share of around 23.0% in 2022 across the market. This can be attributed to the worldwide expansion of the travel and tourism industry, leading to the opening of various food joints and restaurants. The segment also covers blast chillers that are mainly used for prompt freezing or cooling of items at lower temperatures and stopping bacteria growth in the stored item. Besides, the wide adoption of chillers by healthcare professionals, to store tissue samples of vaccines, controlled tests, and critical medicines, is also contributing to the segment growth.

The beverage refrigeration segment is expected to record a CAGR of more than 6.0% over the forecast period owing to the increased deployment of medium-capacity beverage coolers for travelers and vacationers. Moreover, the emerging trend of ‘grab and go’ and ‘sip and shop’ across the retail chains to offer a better shopping experience to their consumers is expected to drive the demand for beverage refrigeration equipment in the forthcoming years.

System Type Insights

The self-contained segment held over 85.0% share of commercial refrigeration equipment market in 2022 on account of the rising product demand owing to easy and cost-effective installation and low maintenance and relocation costs of the appliances. As per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) statistics, in 2020, self-contained commercial refrigeration equipment produced around 26% of the overall HFC emissions globally. The stringent HFC emission norms are compelling the manufacturers to replace R-404A refrigerant with R-448A, minimizing the GWP of refrigeration equipment by around 70%.

Remotely operated refrigerators segment is expected to register a CAGR of close to 4% by 2030 with increasing adoption across the restaurants with limited kitchen space to reduce the heat produced by the refrigerators. These refrigerators offer less resonating noise than the self-contained refrigerator as the compressor unit is deployed outside the kitchen. However, they are less energy-efficient, and their installation requires professionals, which further increases the already high installation cost.

Capacity Insights

The 51 cu. Ft. to 100 cu. Ft. segment held a notable revenue share of more than 48.0% in 2022, owing to the rising number of specialty food stores, hypermarkets, and supermarkets across the globe. These retails chains have a wide range of products that require ample refrigeration, such as fresh produce to dairy, meat, and frozen foods. Their expansion is impelling the demand for commercial refrigerators in this capacity range to accommodate their growing inventory. Moreover, they are also required to comply with the regulations pertaining to food quality which, in turn, leads to the increased product demand.

The less than 50 cu. Ft. segment is estimated to record a growth rate of over 4.0% from 2023 to 2030. This can be majorly credited to the increasing need for various refrigeration equipment in this capacity range for highly concentrated application areas such as cold channel logistics and food service. Moreover, they are also in high demand across smaller businesses with limited space as they are more compact, energy efficient, and cost-effective, and can store perishable items without taking extra space. They are commonly used in convenience stores, cafes, smaller restaurants, etc.

Application Insights

The food & beverage distribution segment is estimated to record a substantial CAGR of over 6.0% from 2023 to 2030. The ongoing developments in cold channel logistics for transporting temperature-sensitive items are positively impacting segmental growth. Moreover, the demand for high-end temperature-controlled refrigerators for various transport vehicles for reliable distribution of beverages, liquor, fish, biopharmaceutical, and other perishable products is also favoring the business growth. Besides, the growing proclivity of capital-intensive customers in the food & beverage distribution industry toward the sectional refrigerated trailers will drive the segment’s growth in the upcoming years.

Global Commercial Refrigeration Equipment market share and size, 2022

The food service segment captured a revenue share of around 32.0% of the overall market in 2022. The sizable revenue share can be credited to the increasing trend of quick-service restaurants (QSRs) and food trucks in the food service industry. According to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), there were more than 1 million restaurant locations in the U.S. in 2022, including QSRs, FSRs, bars, and taverns, which have a considerable demand for refrigeration equipment. Furthermore, the expansion of various prominent food and beverage chains, such as McDonald's, Subway IP LLC, and Starbucks Coffee Company is expected to impel the demand for commercial refrigeration equipment further.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the global market in 2022 and is anticipated to account for over 32.0% of the revenue share by 2030. The significant growth can be attributed to the mature retail industry and availability of major supermarket chains such as Walmart, Costco, Kroger, Publix, etc. in the region. Besides, the strong presence of various leading manufacturers of commercial refrigeration equipment coupled with the early adoption of smart equipment across the commercial kitchens is favoring the expansion of the regional market further.

Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

Asia Pacific is anticipated to observe a CAGR of more than 6.0% by the end of 2030, owing to increasing product demand driven by the improving economic conditions, steady employment rates, growing gross disposable income, and rising expenditure on leisure activities, including traveling and dining out. The flourishing travel & tourism industry in the countries, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore, is further contributing to the segmental growth. Moreover, developing economies such as China and India offer lucrative opportunities for the market due to the high adoption rate of vaccine storage units across research institutions and biopharmaceutical companies.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market players are focusing on implementing various strategic initiatives such as capacity expansion, collaborations, mergers, and acquisitions to strengthen their foothold in the market. For instance, in June 2023, Johnson Controls acquired M&M Carnot, a prominent company involved in the development of natural refrigeration solutions with ultra-low global warming potential. This strategic initiative is aimed at broadening the former’s portfolio of sustainable solutions to help customers achieve net zero emissions.  

The increased adoption of sustainable technology equipment has urged the major market players to launch new and enhanced product offerings to effectively cater to consumer demands. For instance, in January 2022, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration installed its PowerCO2OL refrigeration system at a COVID-19 vaccine storage warehouse in Spain. This system uses carbon dioxide, a natural refrigerant, and serves as a sustainable and low global warming potential refrigerant to help preserve critical vaccines in Spain. Some of the prominent players operating in the global commercial refrigeration equipment market are:

  • AHT Cooling Systems GmbH

  • Ali Group S.r.l. a Socio Unico

  • Carrier

  • Daikin Industries Ltd.

  • Dover Corporation

  • Electrolux AB

  • Hussmann Corporation

  • Illinois Tool Works Inc.

  • Johnson Control

  • Lennox International Inc.

  • Panasonic Corporation

  • Whirlpool Corporation

Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 40.8 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 58.3 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 5.2% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Report updated

September 2023

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, system type, capacity, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; China; India; Japan; Brazil; Mexico

Key companies profiled

AHT Cooling Systems GmbH; Ali Group S.r.l. a Socio Unico; Carrier; Dover Corporation; DAIKIN Industries, Ltd.; Carrier; Electrolux AB; Hussmann Corporation; Illinois Tool Works Inc.; Johnson Control; Lennox International Inc.; Panasonic Corporation, Whirlpool Corporation

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Global Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global commercial refrigeration equipment market report on the basis of product, application, system type, capacity, and region:

Global Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Market Report Segmentation

  • Product (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Transportation Refrigeration Equipment

    • Refrigerators & Freezers

    • Beverage Refrigeration

    • Display Showcases

    • Ice Merchandisers & Ice Vending Equipment 

    • Other Equipment

  • Application (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Food Service

    • Food & Beverage Retail

      • Hypermarkets

      • Supermarkets

      • Convenience Store

      • Specialty Food Store

      • Others

    • Food & Beverage Distribution

    • Food & Beverage Production

    • Others

  • System Type (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Self-contained

    • Remotely Operated

  • Capacity (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Less than 50 cu. Ft

    • 50 to 100 cu. Ft

    • More than 100 cu. Ft

  • Regional Scope (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • Middle East & Africa

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