New generation cryogenic freezing technology has been developed by Air Products that puts efficiency at the heart of the freezing process. The move comes as year-on-year growth in the United Kingdom (UK) frozen food sector is up 13.8 percent - above that of total grocery sales, according to British Frozen Food Federation data.
The next generation technology, which has been incorporated into the company’s new Freshline® High Performance batch freezer, pioneers in terms of freezing homogeneity and efficiency, delivering a higher quality frozen product and helping food manufacturers to respond faster and more efficiently to growing consumer demand for quality frozen food.
Producers are increasingly looking to adapt their operations as they place a greater emphasis on sustainable working. Underpinning this desire for sustainability, the freezer allows operators to reduce the amount of liquid nitrogen used as a coolant, while increasing food product throughput and giving greater control over the freezing process.
With an increased freezing capacity of up to 30 percent, food producers can also reduce operating costs and deliver a quality product at a faster rate. Air Products’ new batch freezer has been specifically designed for ultra-fast freezing or chilling of batches – ideal for those in the food service sector or those with discontinuous production processes.
Neil Hansford, UK&I Freshline Applications Product Line Manager at Air Products, said: “Air Products has been developing innovations in the food processing sector for decades, and we’re incredibly proud of the latest advances we’ve made in freezing technology. Ultimately, we want to support food producers to create the most streamlined manufacturing process possible, especially during these uncertain times. The improved homogenous freeze and the improved cleanability delivered by the new batch freezer are great steps forward.
“More than ever food manufacturers need greater control over their food processes to cater to the changing needs of the market. This new technology will bolster resilience and ensure manufacturers are ready for continuing and future challenges.”
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a world-leading industrial gases company in operation for 80 years. Focused on serving energy, environment and emerging markets, the Company provides essential industrial gases, related equipment and applications expertise to customers in dozens of industries, including refining, chemical, metals, electronics, manufacturing, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the global leader in the supply of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. The Company develops, engineers, builds, owns and operates some of the world's largest industrial gas projects, including: gasification projects that sustainably convert abundant natural resources into syngas for the production of high-value power, fuels and chemicals; carbon capture projects; and world-scale carbon-free hydrogen projects supporting global transportation and the energy transition.
The Company had fiscal 2020 sales of $8.9 billion from operations in 50 countries and has a current market capitalization of about $65 billion. More than 19,000 passionate, talented and committed employees from diverse backgrounds are driven by Air Products’ higher purpose to create innovative solutions that benefit the environment, enhance sustainability and address the challenges facing customers, communities, and the world. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.