When it comes to fruits and berries pre-processing ca widely vary from washing, destoning, dicing, blanching, chilling, IQF freezing depending on the type of the product and desired end-result.
An important aspect to be kept in mind by fruit processors is that a high-quality end-product depends on the technology chosen and the optimization between all the processing machineries. The food processing equipment should be harmonized in order to achieve premium product while not compromising with the energy efficiency and high yield. In addition, each individual processing machine must be chosen to fit the specific characteristics of the processed product. OctoFrost company has gained many years of expertise in thermal treatment of fruits and berries, experience which translated in a range of innovative processing equipment.
The OctoFrost™ IF Blancher is an optimal solution for fruit processors as it is an adjustable blanching tunnel which can feature its unique rain-shower system, a steam system or a combination of the two. This particular feature is important especially for cut fruit as it prevents the fruit from losing juice. With the IF Blancher the blanched fruit will keep its natural aspect and flavour. Another important benefit of the OctoFrost™ blanching machine is the shorter blanching time which prevents loss of nutrients in fruits.
Chilling fruits and berries
When it comes to chilling it can be done after blanching or just to lower the core temperature of the fruit or berry for better IQF freezing results. The OctoFrost™IF Chiller has a number of benefits for fruit and berries processors. By the means of its rain-shower system, the OctoFrost™ chilling tunnel does not dehydrate the product and achieves the fastest heat transfer by using 1°C ice-cold water. The water is abundantly passing through the product layer and immediately exists the chilling machine for being re-chilled. This is what guarantees the same exact temperature in any part of the OctoFrost™ chilling tunnel.
The OctoFrost™ IQF freezing tunnel is a well-known machine used all across the world for freezing high-quality IQF fruits and berries. This IQF tunnel is unique due to its aerodynamics, its exchangeable bedplates and its mono-block design. A number of technological innovations present in this IQF machine achieve the highest possible yield, energy efficiency, reliable food safety and an IQF product of highest quality. The adjustable airflow in the OctoFrost IQF freezer can carefully handle even the most sensitive fruits and berries.
OctoFrost IQF Processing Line
Put together, these processing machines can form the OctoFrost™ IQF Processing Line and it comes with a number of very important benefits for the fruit and berry processor:
- Optimized connection between all equipment
- Harmonized sizes of individual processing equipment
- One source responsibility for technical service and support
- A range of the most innovative technologies on the food processing market
With the OctoFrost™ IQF Processing Line the fruit processor achieves a premium IQF product, energy efficiency, high yield and reliable food safety. Additional intermediate equipment can also be offered depending on the needs of each of our customers.