Walk-in Coolers and Freezers Market Competitive Growth Strategies Based on Type, Applications, End User and Region

Future Market Insights (FMI), in its new report, estimates worldwide sales of walk-in coolers and freezers at US$ 8.6 billion in 2019. Widespread consumer acceptance of frozen and processed food, along with a steep rise in the demand for efficient refrigeration facilities to store and maintain the shelf life of these products, allude to a brighter future for the walk-in coolers and freezers market.

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  1. The global walk-in Coolers and Freezers market was valued at ~US$ 8 Bn in 2019.
  2. The walk-in Coolers and Freezers market is anticipated to witness robust growth with a CAGR of ~5% over the forecast period of 2019–2029.
  3. South Asia and East Asia markets are expected to remain prominent regional markets in the global walk-in Coolers and Freezers market.
    • Rapid urbanization in India and China increased in commercial restaurants and retail food outlets chain in the region, which is expected to drive the sales of walk-in Coolers and Freezers market.
  4. The South Asia market is expected to lead the walk-in Coolers and Freezers market in terms of CAGR growth, registering a growth of ~7% CAGR over the forecast period.
    • The growth is primarily driven by growing retail food outlets and franchises, cold storage warehouses, and restaurant chains in India and other ASEAN countries.
  5. The commercial kitchen & restaurants segment is anticipated to create prominent demand for walk-in coolers & freezers, followed by retail food & beverage outlets.

Gains Remain High from Commercial Kitchens & Restaurants

Walk-in coolers and freezers continue to gain high traction from commercial kitchens and restaurants, which are widely used to preserve raw foods and grocery items. As international fast-food chains and café outlets continue to explore opportunities in various attractive destinations, the demand for walk-in coolers and freezers has been on an upward swing across the globe.

North America and Europe have been the early adopters of commercial kitchens and restaurants; however, they are reaching their saturation point. Walk-in cooler and freezer manufacturers are tapping into opportunities in developing countries in East Asia, where a multi-cultural environment, changing eating habits, and rising disposable income have opened avenues of growth for commercial kitchens and restaurants. Moreover, the walk-in coolers and freezers market in East Asia is likely to take over the European market in the future.

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Steady Gains Ensued by Norms and Trade

Environmental concerns top the list when it comes to cooling technologies. Sensing the urging requirement for sustainable solutions, manufacturers are investing in R&D for low GWP refrigerants, even enhancing the energy efficiency of walk-in coolers and freezers. Global food production is on the record high, as is the demand for food worldwide.

As the global trade for a diverse range of foods grows unabated, demand for solutions to keep these products fresh, while retaining their shelf-life is paramount. This has considerably complemented the adoption of walk-in coolers and freezers specifically for ready-to-eat food, frozen foodfrozen ready meals, and fresh meat products.

By Segmentation:

Product Type

  • Walk-in Cooler
  • Walk-in Freezer
  • Combo (Freezer + Cooler)

Place of Use

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor


  • Self-Contained
  • Remote Condensing
  • Multiplex Condensing

Door Type

  • Hinged
  • Power Sliding
  • Manual Sliding


  • Cold Storage Warehouse
  • Breweries
  • Commercial Kitchen & Restaurants
  • Floral Storage
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Chemicals
  • Research laboratories
  • Hospitals & Mortuaries
  • Mobile Refrigeration System
  • Retail Food & Beverage
    • Supermarket
    • Hypermarket
    • Convenience Stores
  • Other Stores

Sales Channel

  • OEM
  • Aftermarket

Mounting Type

  • Floor
  • Non-floor


  • North America
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • East Asia
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)

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According to the study, the walk-in coolers and freezers market shows a high level of fragmentation, and therefore, several market players are focusing on forging a strategic alliance with other players to improve their market shares. Manufacturers are also focused on offering products that can be custom designed to fit any setting along with several add-on features to increase convenience and ease of use.

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