Tesco and Aerofoil Energy to revolutionise supermarket refrigeration

Tesco is joining forces with UK technology company Aerofoil Energy to transform the performance of refrigeration cabinets in its stores...


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Aerofoil Energy announces results for the year to Nov 2018

2018 was a year of exceptional achievement for Aerofoil Energy, operationally and financially, and provides a springboard for our continued rapid growth in the current year...


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Financial Highlights:

• Turnover increased from £0.6m to £8.9m
• Net assets over £3m and debt-free
• Strong operating cashflow

Operational Highlights:

• Over half-a-million Aerofoil sales in the year
• Aerofoils now installed in over 2,500 UK stores
• First nationwide roll-out completed for Sainsbury’s
• Now engaged with over 20 retailers internationally
• New products from Vortex development pipeline

Our client list now includes many of the UK’s largest grocers and retail chains...

The roll-out of Aerofoil and Vortex technology to nearly 1,400 Sainsbury’s stores commenced in February 2018, and completed successfully in March 2019. Other substantial orders followed including from Asda, several Cooperative societies, Boots, SSP and WH Smiths. More recently, M&S and its franchisors commenced a programme to install our technology in some 800 stores. We also launched trials with Tesco and other UK grocers, as well as Walmart in the USA and Canada. In total, Aerofoils are now installed in over 2,500 stores across the UK.

Major roll-out contracts resulted in rapid sales growth...

In the year to 30 November 2018 we sold over 500,000 Aerofoils and recorded turnover of £8.9m.† Our net assets now exceed £3m and we are debt-free, having funded our growth organically and with the support of shareholders. Our financial stability gives us freedom to accelerate our product development pipeline, expand our client base, and finance major roll-out projects from internal resources. With such agility, we can move quickly and our clients can take every confidence in our operational and financial capacity to deliver.

We continued to innovate and enhance our suite of energy-saving technologies...

Approximately 70% of a multi-deck’s energy consumption is influenced by the effectiveness of the air curtain. This has therefore been the focus of our attention, recognising that this is where the major gains in energy efficiency are achieved. On this front, Aerofoils are just one of a suite of energy-saving Vortex technologies that we developed in 2018. All are designed with merchandising a priority: they look great, are easy to install, perform exceptionally well, and have a positive impact on store colleagues and customers.

Our team demonstrated class-leading experience in design, operations and logistics...

We leveraged our technical partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering by adding in-house design and engineering expertise with specific industry relevance. We have also bolstered our project management and logistics capacity, enabling us to deliver major client contracts whilst maintaining hands-on control over the quality of materials and integrity of installations. Through our contracting partners, we now have Aerofoil-trained technicians distributed throughout the UK. This attention to detail enabled us to complete the Sainsbury’s roll-out with flawless results.

Further innovation and growth is planned for 2019...

With our experience in technology innovation and our logistics capability, we have established ourselves as the leader in energy-efficiency solutions for retail refrigeration. 2019 will mark the release of new technology, further growth and wider customer engagement both domestically and internationally. Darren Shapland, Chair of Aerofoil Energy, said “The company succeeded in meeting its 2018 targets, and I would like to thank our shareholders for their loyal support during the development phase and trialling of Aerofoil technology. We have set ambitious growth targets for the business in the coming years and I look forward to reporting positive progress.”

† Based on unaudited accounts to 30 November 2018. Accounts will be lodged with Companies House in due course.

Sainsbury's roll-out: mission accomplished!

Aerofoil Energy today installed the final Aerofoil in its roll-out across Sainsbury's estate...


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WHSmith chooses F1-inspired Aerofoils to save energy and reduce its carbon footprint

Leading high street brand WHSmith has chosen to fit Aerofoils to its open-fronted refrigerators in more than 430 of its travel stores...


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Aerofoils help Scotmid save energy and lower emissions

Community retailer Scotmid Co-operative have adopted aerofoil technology for their chilled food cabinets, a move that will deliver transformative savings in energy costs and carbon emissions as well as improving the retail experience for shoppers...


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SSP Group chooses F1-inspired, energy-saving aerofoils

SSP Group plc, the leading global travel retailer, has chosen the Formula One-inspired Aerofoil for its chilled food cabinets, in another major contract award for Aerofoil Energy.


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M&S chooses Aerofoils to save energy and carbon emissions

Marks and Spencer, the iconic UK high street retailer, has chosen to roll out Aerofoils, the Formula One-inspired energy saving device for open-fronted retail fridges from Aerofoil Energy Ltd.


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John Austin-Davies joins Aerofoil Energy

Aerofoil Energy is delighted that John Austin-Davies has joined the team as our specialist technical advisor and a key member of our Vortex development group.


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Boots begins roll-out of aerofoils

Another major high-street retailer has selected aerofoils as its shelf-edge technology of choice.


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Vortex is here!

Our Vortex team has developed a suite of new energy-saving technologies, which we've already installed in over 125 stores.


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Aerofoil Energy's F1-inspired refrigeration technology on show

We're in Atlanta to bring aerofoil technology to supermarkets in the US.


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Asda adopt aerofoils

We're delighted that Asda are now rolling out aerofoils across their refrigeration estate.


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Sainsbury’s to accelerate energy-savings in supermarket ‘first’

Sainsbury’s is the first UK supermarket to roll out revolutionary Formula 1 inspired aerofoil technology on fridges in the cold aisles across all of its stores...


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