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Temperature Guide

Our temperature guide

Recommended Temperature Guide
Please note apart from Blast Chillers & Freezers, all refrigerated storage and display cabinets are holding cabinets, i.e. designed to store or display pre-chilled or pre-frozen foods only. Heated display cabinets are designed to hold pre-heated foods.
Display cabinets are designed for short-term display of foods, after service, chilled food should be moved to a chilled storage cabinet.

Category Temperature
HOT FOODS 65°C (minimum 63°C)
CHILLED FOODS 3 / 5C (maximum 8°C)
FRESH MEAT -2 / +2°C
FRESH FISH -1 / +1°C *
FROZEN FOODS -18 / -22°C
SOFT SCOOP ICE CREAM -12 / -18°C (depends on type of ice cream)
WRAPPED ICE CREAM -20 / -24°C
CANS & BOTTLED BEVERAGES Personal choice (generally 1 / 10°C)
WHITE WINE Personal choice (generally 4 / 12°C)
RED WINE Personal choice (generally 14 / 20°C)

* Only specific cabinets control humidity and are designed to resist corrosion

The above are given for guidance only. For further details contact the Food Standards Agency

All fridges have a climate class, this tells you the range of room temperature within it can cope.
Climate Class 3 – ambient of 25 °C with 60% RH
Climate Class 4 – ambient of 30 °C with 55% RH
Climate Class 5 – ambient of 40 °C with 40% RHand

N Class (temperature class) – ambient of +16 °C and +32 °C.
SN Class (extended temperature class) – ambient of +10 °C and +32 °C.
ST Class (sub-tropical class) -ambient of +18 °C and +38 °C.
T Class (Tropical class) – ambient of +18 °C and +43 °C.

Case Studies

Ambala
Manchester, M14 5AG
Esposito’s Ice Cream
Widnes, WA8 7SU
The Cocoabean Company
Renfrew, PA4 8XQ
NC Meats
Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1PP
Ron Reddy Butchers
Blackpool, FY1 3AX
Black of Dunoon Bakers
Dunoon, PA23 8BS
The Pasty Bar
Newquay, TR7 1EU
Deli Cymreig
Swansea, SA1 3PQ
Mandeville Bakery
Crewe, CW4 7NE