J. Peter Clark

The food industry relies heavily on refrigeration in manufacturing, distribution, and retail sales. In spite of this reliance, refrigeration has often been taken for granted as a usually reliable utility or service. In some segments of the food industry, refrigeration may be a major consumer of energy, and more recently, it has become a target of regulation because of its potential impact on the environment. To understand these developments, we will briefly review some refrigeration basics.Many large supermarkets install centralized refrigeration systems, distributing cold liquid refrigerants to the various use points.


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  1. Food Processing & Packaging