About Us

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

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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 - 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.