US Demand for Refrigerated and Frozen Display Cases to See Continued Growth Through 2024

Demand for refrigerated and frozen display cases is forecast to rise 5.5% annually through 2024 to $1.6 billion. Although the commercial refrigeration equipment market as a whole will decline slightly, the strength of the food retail market after the onset of the pandemic will support continued growth in display case sales through 2024.

Sales of both normal temperature and low temperature display cases will continue to be impacted by the R-22 refrigerant ban. While a number of users replaced their equipment in the years leading up the ban, there remains a significant amount of R-22-based equipment that has not been replaced because retailers either did not have the financial capital to do so, or they postponed replacement to better gauge the alternative refrigerant system in which to invest.

Normal temperature, or refrigerated, display cases account for the larger share of segment sales because most traditional grocery stores have a higher number of refrigerated display cases than frozen cases.

Normal temperature display cases are expected to outperform low temperature cases in a continuation of recent trends. Sustained consumer interest in fresh foods will continue to support equipment sales. However, opportunities will remain for low temperature cases because food products stored in these cases have a longer shelf life than fresh foods. This is especially true in convenience stores and discount food retail stores, which tend to stock high profit margin frozen foods for their customers.

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Demand for display cases is presented in US dollars at the manufacturers’ level. Unit estimates are also provided. Historical data for 2009, 2014, and 2019 and forecasts for 2024 and 2029 are presented in current dollars (which are not adjusted to account for inflation).

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