Every Australian has a horror story about their food going off in the fridge or freezer. Prawns might expire prematurely on Boxing Day thanks to a malfunctioning fridge, or a bottle of milk could go sour when the door is left open overnight.
To make matters worse, there are all the health risks associated with improper refrigeration. Chicken, vegetables and seafood are all notorious culprits of food poisoning, never more so than at the height of a brutal Australian summer. The issue is exacerbated if you’re running a business in the hospitality industry. The sharp, existential pain of throwing out barely-refrigerated chicken just in case it’s gone off is multiplied tenfold when that means throwing a night’s revenue in the bin, but even that’s nowhere near as bad as a case of salmonella being traced back to your restaurant. That’s why it’s so important to use a good freezer for your business.
Starting a business is never cheap, and the hospitality industry is infamously fickle. Whether you’re opening up a new restaurant or looking to expand the business you already have, you want to minimise expenses to the best of your ability, and buying a new, fully operational commercial fridge or freezer is an enormous expense. On top of that, commercial fridges and freezers need to adhere to strict regulations regarding their maintenance and reliability, which adds to the initial cost of purchase. That is without considering what might happen if your freezer dies overnight. Not only would you have to throw out all of your perishable (or, more likely, perished) stock, but you’d need to buy another freezer.
That is why commercial fridge hire companies exist. The best of these regularly maintain and clean their units so that you don’t have to endure that particular headache. The units for hire have to extremely reliable. Otherwise, the business wouldn’t be able to stay afloat. Nobody would hire their fridges. In the event that your hired fridge does give up on you, however, you wouldn’t need to pay for another one. For example, if you were using a Bromic Rentals commercial fridge freezer, you could simply contact the company to hire another refrigerator and not have to worry about the extravagant expense of purchasing an entire unit to replace the one that broke down.
It is more important than ever to be able to check out your business options online. A good refrigerator hire company will have an easily navigable website that lists the types of units they have available with photos and the cost of hire clearly displayed along with the unit’s recommended retail price. Your best bet is to find a commercial fridge hire company that caters to recognisable names in the Australian food industry. Keep an eye out when using the website for a list of clients. If a big client such as a large supermarket chain or well-known ice cream franchise allows the hire company to display their logo, odds are the business is reliable and worth the investment.