The global commercial refrigeration market is poised to grow over the forecast period owing to the changing food consumption trends, the emergence of supermarkets and fast-food chains, and rising international trade. Furthermore, increasing exports of seafood and processed food across the globe provide ample growth opportunities for the market.
The market is primarily driven by the significant increase in the number of supermarkets, hypermarkets, and organized retail chains that have opened around the globe. In developing countries where the concept of supermarkets, hypermarkets, and organized retail chains is relatively new and upcoming, the demand for energy-efficient commercial refrigeration is highly essential. Due to high energy requirements, continuous innovation in terms of energy optimization is a major concern for leading supermarkets and hypermarkets.
The commercial refrigeration market is expected to witness significant growth on account of the increasing consumption of frozen and processed foods. The average floor space of major hypermarkets and supermarkets has grown manifolds in developed countries in recent times, with more space in the outlets comes the opportunity to install bigger commercial refrigerators. Moreover, the replacement of commercial refrigerant systems is expected to drive the growth of the overall industry during the forecast period.
Increasing international food trade across the globe has led to an increase in the use of commercial refrigeration in transportation refrigeration and is expected to show phenomenal growth during the forecast period. However, the fluctuating fuel prices may be a hindrance to market growth as fuel is required in transport refrigeration. Moreover, the high price of commercial refrigeration is expected to negatively impact the market over the next few years.
The market is segmented on the basis of applications such as food service, food and beverage retail, and distribution of food and beverages. Foodservice includes establishments such as restaurants where food is prepared. Commercial refrigeration is used in such establishments to store and preserve raw materials for cooking food. In addition, it finds use in the food and beverage retail industry where frozen and processed foods and beverages are stored for sales later.
The food and beverage distribution industry also use commercial refrigeration on a large scale to transport frozen, processed foods across the globe, with the rise in import and export of packaged foods, commercial refrigeration is being used excessively. Furthermore, it can be segmented on the basis of product into transportation refrigeration equipment, refrigerators and freezers, beverage refrigerator, and refrigerator parts. The transportation refrigerator category is expected to grow extensively during the forecast period owing to the growth of food and beverage transport across the globe.
The market is segmented on the basis of equipment types such as walk-in coolers, beverage cooling, ice-making machinery, and display cases. The growth of the commercial refrigeration market in North America is likely to grow extensively during the forecast period, this growth can be attributed to the repair and replacement of the commercial refrigeration equipment. Moreover, the increasing floor space of supermarket and hypermarket which give an opportunity for these hypermarkets to install more refrigerator with larger capacities. Moreover, the growth of the food and beverage industry in North America augments the use of the technology, thus increasing demand over the forecast period.
The Asia Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth among other regions in 2014. Growth in the Asia Pacific region would be led by China followed by India. The emerging middle class and growing GDP in a number of developing economies in the Asia Pacific have contributed to the growth of consumption of frozen and processed foods in the region. Moreover, the rising prosperity in Asia Pacific i.e. increase in disposable income has also contributed to increasing the consumption of imported foods. An increase in the consumption of frozen and processed foods in the region and also an increase in consumption of imported foods have led to the rise in demand for commercial refrigeration in order to store, preserve and transport these food items. Moreover, the growing seafood industry in the region would help in augmenting the market growth.
Some of the major players in the industry are United Technologies Corporation, also known as a Carrier, Frigoglass S.A.I.C, Dover Corporation, Daikin Industries, Johnson Controls Inc., AB Electrolux, Ali group SPA, AHT Cooling Systems GmbH, and Illinois Tool Works Inc.
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