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Food Service Displays2023-10-17T21:45:43+00:00

Specialty Lighting Solutions for Food Service and Catering Displays

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The takeout market is a growing segment of the food service industry, involving food service professionals from restaurants and fast food outlets to supermarket food service departments. Turnover of merchandise can be very high especially for hot food displays, but this can be alleviated by using display case lighting that is safe for food and will extend the holding time or shelf life of the food.

Promolux balanced spectrum fluorescent lamps and LEDs emit lower levels of heat and ultraviolet radiation than regular supermarket fluorescent lamps, prolonging the shelf life of food service and convenience food items. Compared to other fluorescent and LED lighting, Promolux lamps emit 86% lower UVB radiation, a shorter wavelength that penetrates and causes heating, and 52% lower UVA radiation, a longer wavelength that tends to affect surfaces.

Promolux lamps have a balanced spectrum because Promolux lamps and LEDs are designed for true color definition, they have a more balanced visible spectrum than other fluorescent and LED lamps. The yellow and green wavelengths that are predominant in regular fluorescent lighting are the most damaging wavelengths in the visible spectrum. Promolux lighting emits a more balanced range of wavelengths, including more of the red and blue wavelengths and more moderate levels of the yellow and green wavelengths, which results in greater sales through better eye appeal and increased consumer impulse shopping.

Food Service Retail Displays

The takeout market is a growing segment of the food service industry, involving foodservice professionals from restaurants and fast food outlets to supermarket food service departments. Turnover of merchandise can be very high especially for hot food displays, but this can be alleviated by using display case lighting that is safe for food and will extend the holding time or shelf life of the food.

Promolux True Color Definition Lamps and LEDs

Promolux balanced spectrum lamps and LEDs emit lower levels of heat and ultraviolet radiation than regular supermarket fluorescent lamps, prolonging the shelf life of food service and convenience food items. Compared to other fluorescent and LED lighting, Promolux lamps emit 86% lower UV B radiation, a shorter wavelength that penetrates and causes heating, and 52% lower UV A radiation, a longer wavelength that tends to affect surfaces.

Because Promolux lamps and LEDs are designed for true color definition, they have a more balanced visible spectrum than other fluorescent and LED lamps. The yellow and green wavelengths that are predominant in regular fluorescent lighting are the most damaging wavelengths in the visible spectrum. Promolux lamps and LEDs emit a more balanced range of wavelengths, including more of the red and blue wavelengths and more moderate levels of the yellow and green wavelengths, which results in greater sales through better eye appeal and increased consumer impulse shopping.

Hot Food Buffets

Successful hot food buffets are visually appealing. Display lighting is critical because the wrong lighting can cause food to dry out and toughen, making it less appealing to customers.

Promolux fluorescent lamps and LEDs emit a balanced spectrum and lower levels of ultraviolet light which really accentuates foods natural colors, textures and flavors safely for a truly mouth-watering selection.

Holding Time of Hot Food Buffets

Most buffet display case lighting shortens the holding time of hot buffet food to thirty minutes or less. While the heat produced by incandescent and halogen buffet display lamps is certainly a factor, the ultraviolet and visible spectrum radiation emitted by these lamps and by regular fluorescent lighting causes even more damage to hot buffet food. Radiation is absorbed by the food as heat which causes hot food displays to cook even further, drying it out and weakening the flavors.

Display lighting triggers chemical changes in a foods ingredients which causes discoloration, loss of moisture and flavor.

When items in a hot food buffet do not appear fresh, customers will not be tempted to eat it. And continuously replacing light-damaged food with fresh food can quickly become very costly to a business. Retailers also lose money when buffet items that are sold by weight become dehydrated under the buffets lights.

Promolux true full spectrum lamps and LEDs reduce shrinkage in hot buffet displays because they emit much lower levels of ultraviolet radiation than most other supermarket display lamps. Prepared meals maintain their moisture, flavor and freshness, longer under Promolux lamps. Ideal for hot buffets and food service stations, Promolux lights are the preferred lighting choice among many food service and food retail businesses world-wide.

Refrigerated Home Meal Replacements in Supermarket Showcases

Retailers who offer convenient meal solutions such as refrigerated home meal replacements rely heavily on impulse sales. Display lighting on steam tables and in retail showcases is critical as the wrong lighting can damage food and distort its appearance, creating unappetizing displays.

Promolux fluorescent lamps and LEDs emit a balanced spectrum and lower levels of ultraviolet light to provide true color definition and safely display beautiful, deliciously tempting home meal replacements.

Spoilage and Holding Time of Retail Home Meal Replacements

Home meal replacements are affected by display case lighting regardless of whether they are stored in refrigerated food service display cases or in hot steam trays. UV and visible spectrum radiation from retail lighting can raise the surface temperature of refrigerated home meals enough to increase bacterial growth, cause premature spoilage, and accelerate the dehydration already caused by dry refrigerated air.

In hot food displays, the holding time can be shortened by display lighting that continues to dry out the food on display, or spoil sauces and harden vegetables and side for a very unappetizing meal package.

If take home meal options do not look fresh, customers will not be tempted to buy them and they will sit on the shelf until they are thrown out.

Impulse Buying of Supermarket Home Meal Replacements

Impulse buying accounts for a large proportion of home meal replacement sales, so it is important that HMR’s are visually appealing. Regular supermarket fluorescent lighting tends to be very strong in the yellow and green wavelengths of the visible spectrum, which can make gourmet entrees look stale and unappealing.

Under regular fluorescent lamps, food that is naturally red, such as rare roast beef, tends to look brownish, while food that is white, such as steamed rice or potato salad, can take on an unappetizing greenish or yellowish tinge. To maximize the convenient meal solution so shoppers will buy it, the selection must look as fresh and appealing as possible.

Promolux True Color Definition Lamps

Promolux balanced spectrum lamps and LEDs are your answer in prolonging the shelf life of delicatessen foods including take home meals. If you are looking to boost sales in your take home menu department, then you need the power of Promolux in capturing consumers attention through visual presentation and freshness.

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