North America Blast Chillers Market share was estimated to be over USD 475 million in 2019 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 6% from 2020 to 2026.
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The North America market will witness a high growth owing to the increasing awareness about the adoption of eco-friendly and sustainable refrigeration products. The major focus of blast chiller manufacturers is on introducing environmentally friendly blast chillers that can be adopted in domestic as well as international market. For instance, in June 2020, Everidge introduced a new model of eco-friendly blast chiller in North America. The PBF 4.0 blast chiller and shock freezer has a 4/5 pan undercounter and is equipped with no ozone depleting properties. This aided the company to enhance its product portfolio and gain a competitive edge in the market.
The emergence of covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted the HVAC & construction industry. The refrigeration & chilling industry has witnessed a rapid decline in sales during the first two quarters of 2020. Blast chiller manufacturers are facing shortage of raw materials and labor. International trade activities are also impacted during the pandemic. However, with leniency in lockdown measures and with gradual economic revival, the market will witness a slow growth post the pandemic.
The increasing adoption of blast chillers in the meat & fish processing industry is generating lucrative growth opportunities for manufacturers to expand their business in North America. Fish and meat require proper temperature to maintain the quality and preserve for a long time without getting spoilt. Sea food deteriorates fast if it is not preserved properly. The increasing demand for storage and supply of raw sea food without compromising on its quality is accelerating the blast chillers market growth.
The blast chillers industry in Canada is anticipated to witness a rapid growth owing to the increasing number of restaurants & hotels in the country. According to the International Hotels & Restaurants Association, the hotel occupancy in Canada increased from 65.7% in 2017 to 66.3% in 2018. Various hotel chains including Hilton Group and Marriot Group are expanding their businesses in the North America region. The adoption of blast chillers will witness a significant growth in hotels & restaurants to keep the food safe and maintain its quality.
The below 50kg reach in the blast chillers segment is anticipated to drive the market during the forecast timeline. The rapid adoption of these chillers in hotel chains and restaurants is expected to contribute to the growing market size. These chillers have more operational capacity with enhanced storage. Reach-in models are equipped with accessibly located shelves and require minimum installation changes. Reach-in chillers also require less maintenance cost owing to the compact size and convenient features. These are majorly adopted in the areas where there is a lack of space such as small restaurants, marts, and hotels. The load carrying capacity of these blast chillers is the prime factor that drives the segment growth.
Key players in the market are Alto Shaam Inc., American Panel Corporation, Traulsen & Co., Inc., and Victory refrigeration LLC. The companies are focused on new product launches and innovations in order to expand their share in the North America market. For instance, in June 2018, Alto-Shaam Inc. announced the launch of its new QC3 quick chiller model. This new chiller is equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen, programmed upto 120 chilling setting. This aided the company to gain a competitive edge and expand its product line in the regional as well as global market.