When selecting a deli case for your business, you have many choices. Before you decide which case is right for you, you should understand some common terms that are used to describe different types of deli cases, such as curved glass, slant glass and self-service. Additionally, you may have to decide if you want options such as a remote refrigeration unit, deli case liners and deli case risers. This guide will help you make informed choices.
Curved glass cases
Curved glass cases have a large piece of rounded glass that curves from the front of the case up to the top. They give your customers a clear view of products inside the case. Often, the glass can be lifted up for easy cleaning or to stock the case from the front.
Slant front cases
Slant front deli cases, also called straight front deli cases, are fronted with a straight piece of glass that is slightly angled to reduce glare. Unlike a curved glass case, the top of the case is not glass. Products can be seen through the front only.
Self-service deli case
A self-service deli case, sometimes called a "grab and go" case, has no glass on the front. It is open to allow customers to take the product themselves. This allows for faster service and frees employees up for other tasks. However, self-service cases are not very energy efficient because cool air escapes through the open front.
With remote refrigeration, the deli case compressors are removed from the retail area and placed in another area. This way, your customers are not exposed to disturbances from the compressors. Remote refrigeration also increases the capacity of the deli case.
Deli case liner
A deli case liner helps to protect the inside of your deli case from damage, and it helps keep your products from sliding around. Liner is typically a plastic material with an adhesive grip on it. Liner with adhesive grip is especially useful for holding products in place on angled display shelves.
Deli case risers
Deli case risers are used to display multiple products behind each other. Risers elevate the products in the back of the case to make them visible through the front glass.