Cryogenic Freezing & Cooling

Frozen products comprise one of the largest sectors of the food industry and its value is going in no other direction but upwards. According to a study by Grand View Research, the international market size exceeded USD250 billion in 2015, with Asia Pacific coming on top as the region to undergo a record compound annual growth rate of 5% over the next eight years.

 

With robust progress comes similarly strong demand for the latest and most innovative technologies. In spite of its relatively recent inception, cryogenic freezing and cooling is fast becoming the de facto choice over other methods due to the significant advantages it offers in terms of cost, speed, space, consistency and efficiency. The implementation of cryogenic processing in the production line effectively cuts down on crystal formation and dehydration, thereby preserving food quality and generating higher yield. The addition of a quick freezing rate, reduces space take-up, lower upfront capital and versatility over a wide range of goods make it the perfect business sense to invest in the system.

 

Linde’s CRYOLINE® family of equipment takes things even further, imbuing them with the leading standards that have come to be expected from the company. Machines are built on a foundation of superior engineering benchmarks with strict adherence to legal requirements and best practices regarding hygiene and traceability. Durable and protected external components permit full wash down, assuring food safety and reducing operational downtime.

 

 

TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Each day, hundreds of thousands of cases of food make their way to restaurants, supermarkets, schools, and other points of sale nationwide. Moving such perishable inventory involves a meticulous balancing act of temperatures maintained over a series of links in the cold chain. Any lapse in this aspect during transportation can pose considerable health risks to the end-consumer.

Linde’s SNOWCOOL® utilising dry ice snow is a coolant known for its logistics flexibility, powerful, do not need any form of power source, and ability to maintain the cold chain throughout the transportation stage at minimum cost. The fully automated cooling solution spares users the complicated guesswork of matching the correct amount of coolant to the delivery time and conditions. Moreover, it produces dry ice snow only when required, so that no  cooling power is lost and expenses are minimised.

SNOWCOOL® also lends an extra edge to the triple bottomline by limiting carbon footprint and safeguarding those who come in contact with it. Its specially designed stainless steel box, which can be integrated into any new or existing insulated container or trolley, immediately vents any emerging CO2 and regulates concentration of the gas at the workplace.

 

PACKAGING FRESHNESS

Every second counts in the journey from farm to fork. From the moment a product is harvested or prepared, it is beset by deterioration, spoilage, and a whole host of external factors that compromise freshness. The invention of additives successfully plugged the gap for years, but rising societal concerns over the consumption of lab-made substances coupled with an increasingly globalised market have led producers and manufacturers to look at alternative means of extending their merchandise’s shelf life.

Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP), which eschews the natural ambient air in a package for a gas or gas mixture, using typically nitrogen and carbon dioxide. A carefully controlled MAP environment would achieve an optimal respiration rate that retains the colour, taste, and nutritional content of a given foodstuff without the need for vacuum packaging or chemical preservatives. The benefits of longer freshness cycles are far-reaching. Grocers need not rotate stock as often, distributors can extend their coverage and product lines, while manufacturers can spend their resources on developing new offerings rather than catering to replenishment orders.

Linde is no stranger to the MAP, having cooperated closely with food research institutes as well as suppliers of packaging material, packaging machines, and gases. Through its clients in the food processing industry across the world, the company has observed numerous applications of the wrapping technology. The experience and know-how accumulated from these collaborations position Linde as a trusted packaging partner with its MAPAX® solution.

 

FUMIGATION

In the past, methyl bromide was the weapon of choice for farmers everywhere in the fight to shield their crops from soil-borne diseases and pests. Its use however is slowly going obsolete given the well-documented adverse effects of the fumigant on human health and the planet, with the Montreal Protocol hammering the final nail of the coffin. Long before its phaseout, methyl bromide had already attracted criticism for its lengthy venting periods and propensity for cosmetic damage.

It is no surprise then that many are turning to Linde’s VAPORMATE® for their fumigation needs. Its active ingredient, ethyl formate, ticks all the right boxes where methyl bromide does not. For one, it presents an ethical and sustainable fix with no ozone depletion or global warming potential, since the substance degrades to naturally-occurring metabolites. Likewise, a greater number of insects are reported to be eradicated at lower volumes of VAPORMATE® than is required. Along with faster export clearing times owing to smaller venting windows, the fumigant also gives total output, and therefore profits, a boost as it has zero impact on fruit quality.

 

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