Auchan, the second largest French food retailer in the world, has recently embarked on an energy initiative for all their hypermarkets throughout France.
The aim is to close all open vertical chillers in a bid to massively reduce energy wastage. Perfino LED refrigeration luminaires from Nualight add to the gained energy savings and help eradicate the dull displays typical of closed door cases.
Closing chiller displays is a bold step from the traditional and many supermarkets and hypermarkets have feared that the action will result in a drop in chilled sales. It is well known that the addition of doors can create dark spots across the face of the products on display.
Auchan saw their refrigeration refurbishment as an opportunity to install LED lighting to their vertical chillers. After extensive testing, trials and a competitive tender period they chose the Perfino range from Nualight to add sparkle and interest to their new low energy closed refrigerators. For the glass doors, they chose Schott who worked closely with Nualight to execute the roll-out.
Edwige Guillon, Schott, Sales Director Food Display comments, “Schott Termofrost is proud to integrate Perfino with their new insulated transparent doors. Consumers can now enjoy an enhanced presentation of the food, thanks to the total transparency of the doors and a nice illumination. Auchan have found the ideal solution for saving energy and magnifying their food presentation.”
After the high impact results of the first Auchan hypermarkets were witnessed, Nualight were awarded preferred supplier status allowing over 50 French hypermarkets to use the Perfino solution for their chiller and freezer cases. This equates to over 20km of LED in one year. With low energy costs and minimal maintenance, Auchan will see a return on their initial investment within 2 years.
Following the successful roll-out to over 50 hypermarkets, Auchan are now looking at their LED retrofit requirements across Europe where Nualight is the preferred supplier.