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Myaree Supa IGA (WA)

03 January 2020

Just across from Marmion Reserve at Myaree Supa IGA in WA, we supplied and installed our exclusive Criocabin Enixe100 lounge serve-over delis with Enixe400 lounge serve-over hot bain-marie to replace existing old deli cases. New deli cases connected to existing compressor rack plant.

We have also provided and installed a Bonnet Névé RockN20 LF P upright dairy showcase at front of shop, connected to new roof-top refrigeration plant.

The new cases along with new signage/décor has given the store a fresh new look and customer experience.

Myaree Supa IGA (WA)

Partons IGA (WA)

27 December 2019

Harvey is a town located in the South West of Western Australia along the South Western Highway, 140 km south of #Perth, between Pinjarra and Bunbury. It contains an agricultural college and the headquarters of both the Harvey Fresh (1986) and Harvey Beef (1919) brand names, and each year in April hosts an agricultural show. It is also home to Partons IGA along the main street, Uduc Road.

This long time customer of AJ Baker & Sons, Partons IGA have recently purchased a run of Self Contained 3 Door Iarp ASIA 165 Freezer Cases to replace their ageing Iarp Gamma Chest Freezers. Streamlined, meticulous design and outstanding performance levels turn this display upright freezer into a presentation tool suitable for pre-packed food, ice-creams and frozen items.

We also provided and installed our exclusive Criocabin Enixe EI100 serve-over delis, Enixe EI400 serve-over hot bain-marie and Bonnet Névé model Rock L 20 upright fresh produce showcase connected to remote plant.

Our installation team did a great job and the customer is really happy with the cases and the new look of his store.

Partons IGA (WA)

ALDI Tweed Mall (NSW)

17 December 2019

More than 250 customers patiently waited for the new ALDI Tweed Mall (NSW) to open its doors at 8.30 am on the recent grand opening morning.

This was a large project which involved a complete refrigeration fit-out. We lifted the plant equipment on to the roof, a unique dome-like structure and made for an interesting project. Once again we terminated final stages of completion and handover perfectly in time.

The store features a modern design with redesigned shelving, expanded wooden produce bays, LED lighting and improved point-of-sale displays and store signage. AJ Baker supplies ALDI Stores Australia with energy-efficient chest and top freezers which utilise HC refrigerants and VSD compressor control. The main refrigeration plant operates with an EPTA Cascade Pack utilising CO₂ R744 (GWP=1) and R134a (for the medium temperature display cases).

Other energy saving initiatives within the plant design are electronic expansion valves, variable speed drives on the condenser fans and capacity control for the lead compressors. The store manager can monitor the case temperatures and plant operation via a centralised CAREL Boss control panel.

 

ALDI Tweed Mall (NSW)

APCO IGA X-press Newcomb (VIC)

10 December 2019

Our customer APCO Service Stations is a proud family business which have developed a strong relationships with their network of retail partners over more than 25 years. Founded in the late 1970’s by Ron and Margaret Anderson as an independent distributor, Anderson Petroleum Company (APCO) opened its first retail site in 1980: Victoria’s first APCO Easy Shop. With 24 sites and more on the way, today APCO is thriving! It is specialised in petrol, convenience, café 24/7 and foodservice facilities including barista style coffee, breakfast and “fresh on the go” food.

Have a look to APCO IGA X-press Newcomb (VIC), the newly refurbished facility where our partner Flexikitch installed our Enixe and Enixe Self by CRIOCABIN with in a nice 90° angle layout: it takes modern convenience and foodservice to new heights! You can also find our Stella chest freezer by EPTA GROUP and Ethos D low height multi-deck chiller.

Apco IGA X-press Newcomb features an extended foodservice offer with Café 24-7 and an IGA X-press supermarket that comprises a modern fuel forecourt featuring Hi-Flow Diesel operating 24 hours / 7 days.

 

APCO IGA X-press Newcomb (VIC)

AJ Baker heads for a cool Centenary

04 December 2019

Launched in Perth in 1920, AJ Baker & Sons began as a trading company, then, in 1931, enlarged its business activities to encompass its present operation as a refrigeration and air-conditioning service provider and contractor.

“We’re a fourth-generation family business, with both third and fourth generation members actively involved,” Managing Director Mike Baker said. “The business will celebrate its 100th anniversary in May 2020, beating Qantas to this milestone by a few months.”

After initially serving a customer base comprising hotels, retail and institutions across WA, AJ Baker turned its focus to retail stores and the emerging supermarket industry from the 1960s. Business expanded rapidly, according to the company, with its association with national chains (Coles and Woolworths) and developing independent operators.

In 1999, AJ Baker opened a satellite branch in Bunbury, in WA’s south-west, to provide ongoing service and installation opportunities to its customers.

In 2003, the company began to expand interstate, first opening operations in Brisbane, then adding Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide to the network following growth in its customer base.

AJ Baker now employs more than 240 people across six branches, making it one of the largest privately owned refrigeration contractor businesses in Australia. Mr Baker says his company believes in providing the best available refrigerated display cases and technology to customers.

“This has seen us provide state-of-the-art assembly line-produced HFC [hydrofluorocarbon], and now, since 2009, CO2 compressor systems to the Australian market,” he said. “This Brings repeatability of design and quality, as well as still providing bespoke designs.

“The ability to bring the latest European technology, which is seen as world class, provides benefits to our customers of not only having the latest in-vogue looks, but also the latest engineering standards in refrigerants and system design combined with the highest levels of energy efficiency.”

This desire for the best doesn’t stop at AJ Baker’s products, though, Mr Baker says, adding that it is reflected in its employees. “We honestly believe that our employees are our best asset, and with them on the frontline, they’re the face of the business,” he said. He adds that treating its employees fairly allows them to feel part of the family business and “invest themselves in the success of the business”.

Mr Baker pinpoints time zones and distance as challenges for AJ Baker. But he also believes that WA offers his company many benefits. “Being in the most remote capital city in the world has taught us to be self-sufficient,” he said. “It has also meant that the WA market can be insulated to major change driven from the east, allowing people’s own flair to come to the fore.

“New technology concepts from other parts of the world are more readily adopted in WA, seemingly due to this isolation from eastern Australia.

“[In addition,] the immense size of our mining industry within our economy and the challenges that this industry has overcome in developing a world dominance in ore exports has created a can-do attitude throughout WA businesses.”


(RETAIL WORLD. NOV, 2019)

 

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