Projects & News

Nikos Cakes Fairfield (VIC)

21 May 2019

It's fair to say that something big is happening in Fairfield (Vic). In the space of a few weeks, this leafy yet semi-industrial suburb in Melbourne's north-east will have gained at least four cafes and restaurants. Leading the charge is our friends Nikos Cakes, which opened on May 13 opposite Fairfield Station.

Originally seeking a commercial kitchen and bakery, the Poupouzas family thought the opportunity to bring more than their fudge-filled mudcakes northside was too good to pass up. Their new cafe, restaurant and bakery will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with a Greek twist (think eggs with tsoureki, or Easter bread).

For this magnificently designed shop they have chosen our Elisir 200, the square pastry counter by Criocabin featuring flat downward glass (15° opening), rear glass doors, refrigerated shelves and base, internal and external stainless steel AISI 304, LED canopy lighting including switch, evaporator with anti-corrosion treatment, and internal air flow controller with fan speed regulator.

Nikos Cakes Fairfield (VIC)

In-house TC CO2 training facility announced

19 May 2019

Baker Refrigeration, one of Australia’s leading commercial refrigeration contractors, is stepping up efforts to train its staff to use CO2 refrigeration systems, heard participants in this year's ATMOsphere Australia conference, held on 8-9 May in Melbourne.

“We’re going to make a transcritical CO2 training facility that we are going to build ourselves in-house,” said Mike Baker, managing director at Baker Refrigeration.

Baker said the new facility was being built in the context of relocating the company’s technical training centre to Melbourne from the company's headquarters in Perth. “This is so we’ll be able to train our own people in a more central location from Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.”

Baker stressed that the CO2 training is urgently needed, because the company has another four transcritical CO2 systems scheduled to be commissioned this year.

“We need to be there now,” he said. “We need to train our guys — both tradesmen as well as apprentices — in [CO2] today.”

The company has already completed 20 transcritical CO2 system installations at local retail chains such as Aldi, Ritchies, Drakes, and others. Baker Refrigeration also installed and commissioned the world’s first CO2 water-loop system at an Aldi store in central Melbourne in September last year.

The CO2 water-loop system was supplied by Italian multinational manufacturer Epta, which Baker Refrigeration represents in Australia.
Baker reiterated his company’s commitment to a future with more and more natural refrigerant technology during his presentation at ATMOsphere Australia.

“In the future we aren’t going to use HFCs,” Baker said. “They’ll be too expensive. So we’ve got to use some sort of gas to cool our food but it’s got to be natural. Not only with CO2 but hydrocarbons as well.”

Reacting to the news about the IEC charge limit increase to 500g in self-contained commercial refrigeration units announced earlier that morning, Baker said, “we’re seeing that great news that we can now use more than 150 grams in something so that [hydrocarbon] technology will come very quickly from Europe and again, our people, our tradesmen, will need to know that”.

“It’s safety and understanding of technology that we’ve got to be at the forefront of.”

(By Devin Yoshimoto,

In-house TC CO2 training facility announced

We are Criocabin’s 2018 Best Dealer

16 May 2019

Mr. Stefano Fraticelli, Chief Commercial Officer at our exclusive Italian partner Criocabin SpA, was in our head office in Perth yesterday to award our Company as Criocabin’s 2018 Best Dealer. The picture shows the moment of the meeting with our Chairman, Peter Baker.

We are proud of such an important cooperation and grateful for Criocabin’s support in bringing the Italian quality to our customers.

We are Criocabin’s 2018 Best Dealer

Mike Baker at ATMO Australia 2019

08 May 2019

ATMO Australia 2019 day one today, in Melbourne. This important workshop by Shecco brings together decision makers from industry and government to change the future of natural refrigerants.

Our Managing Director, Mike Baker, will hold the keynote presentation for the Contractor panel today. Discussion will involve Shaun Davis (MB Refrigeration), Ricky Gatti (Coolphase), Pieter Boon (Degree C), and Simon Lovich (Air Engineers).

Tomorrow, leading experts and end users will discuss the current and future natural refrigerants-based training opportunities and experiences they gained in terms of safety in Australia & New Zealand.

Once again this year we are proud sponsor of this ambitious and compelling workshop, the largest Australian conference about natural refrigerant-based technologies and the future of the industry worldwide. The program of this edition will include the following key sessions:

- Policy & Energy Panel Discussion
- Contractors Panel
- Industrial Refrigeration Technologies Round Table
- Commercial Refrigeration Technologies Round Table
- End User Panel
- Training & Safety Session


Mike Baker at ATMO Australia 2019

IGA Marulan plus Liquor, Marulan Village Centre (NSW)

17 April 2019

Our partner IGA Supermarkets had its latest store grand opening on Saturday, 23 March 2019: IGA Marulan + Liquor, located at Marulan Village Centre (NSW). This is the most recent addition to the nationwide IGA network.

Here we have supplied and installed a CO2/R134a cascade refrigeration plant servicing our Rock Eco dairy and Rock Eco meat (vertical cabinets with glass doors), and Enixe deli square fronted counters, perfectly matching an Enixe 400 hot .

"The opening of IGA Marulan is going to be a huge benefit to the local community by creating new jobs and offering an easy, local location to get their weekly groceries" said Lorraine Hill, the Store Manager.

The new supermarket is the first of its kind in the Marulan area and will be a big boost to the local community, with residents previously having to travel over 60km round-trip to their nearest supermarket. It is also anticipated that IGA Marulan will draw in people from the surrounding rural areas, generating additional business for itself and other local businesses.

IGA is a chain of independently operated supermarkets with more than 1,400 stores nationwide. They understand that a business is part of the community it serves, and each community is unique, for this reason every one of the stores have unique products and services to offer their customers. They are proud to support Australia's farmers and producers by stocking locally made products whenever possible. They also take an active role in the communities they serve, helping to support local schools, clubs, and community events.

IGA Marulan plus Liquor, Marulan Village Centre (NSW)
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