About Us

As Europe’s leading commercial refrigeration manufacturer we pride ourselves on both the products we supply and the levels of customer service we provide.

We were the first company to produce professional storage refrigeration in the UK in 1968 and have led the way ever since. 

When it comes to commercial fridges and freezers, we are at the forefront of new technology, pioneering new standards in temperature control, hygiene, efficiency and appearance.

When you work with us, you’re guaranteed quality and absolute reliability at highly competitive prices. No matter how large or small your scale of operation, you’ll find there is a Foster for you.

 We operate through a network of authorised distributers, contact us to be put in touch with your nearest one.

Foster - A Brief History

A few Foster facts and figures...

  • 1946 - Foster Refrigerator Corporation is launched in New York by Larry H. Foster
  • 1968 - Foster Refrigerator (UK) Ltd is registered. King's Lynn factory opened
  • 1970 - Plant 1 of King's Lynn site is extended
  • 1977 - Coldroom panel factory opened
  • 1978 - Branches opened in Epinay sur Seine, France and Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1980 - Foster wins coveted CEMA Export Award
  • 1985 - The new 'Gastronorm 90' range wins Caterer & Hotelkeeper's "Most Innovative New Product Award"
  • 1991 - Finished goods warehouse and training centre opened at King's Lynn
  • 1993 - Foster achives Quality Assurance Standard ISO 9001
  • 1994 - Royal Warrant granted for Suppliers of Commercial Refrigeration by appointment of Her Majesty, The Queen 
  • 1999 - Purchased by Illinois Tool Works (ITW) as part of a $3.5 bn acquisition
  • 2000 - Following £6million factory investment 'Premier' cabinets launched
  • 2001 - 'Premier' counters launched
  • 2005 - First ISO14001 manufacturer in commercial refrigeration industry
  • 2008 - New environmentally friendly & energy efficient Gastro Eco Pro Cabinet & Counter ranges launched
             - Awarded prestigious FCSI 'Green Award'. 
             - Gamko was acquired
  • 2010 - Awarded the National EEF Climate Change Opportunity Manufacturing Award
  • 2011 - Crowned National Winner of Winners at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards, seeing off competition from the likes of Carl Zeiss, Rolls Royce and Siemens.          
             - Front of house display refrigeration manufactured in King's Lynn 
  • 2012 - Following £4million factory investment, revolutionary EcoPro G2 Cabinet range launched at Hotelympia
  • 2013 - Foster and Gamko merge sales team 
  • 2015 - Innovative low maintenance +stayclear condenser launched
  • 2016 - +stayclear condenser wins prestigious 'Refrigeration Product of the Year' at the ACR News Awards. 
             - As part of a £500,000 investment Foster and Gamko extended our test facility to be one of the largest of its kind in Europe
  • 2017 - Voted winner of the Top 10 Chefs’ Choice by Hotel F&B
  • 2018 -  Foster Netherlands and Gamko become fully integrated.
  • 2021 - The EcoPro G3 is launched.