The IQF seafood market experienced an extraordinary growth in the last few years and it is expected to reach a 3% CAGR growth between 2016 and 2022, ready-to-eat seafood meals being the latest trend on the IQF seafood market.
The OctoFrost™ is an excellent IQF freezer for shrimps and other IQF seafood. It has proven abilities to maintain separation without blocks or lumps of extremely sticky shrimps, cooked as well as raw. An inferior freezing process often results in lost or broken antennas on the shrimps, since they become very brittle when frozen. However, with OctoFrost individually quick freezing technology, the IQF shrimps keep their natural look and appearance, with intact antennas.
Individually Quick Freezing is the most appropriate technology for freezing IQF shrimp and provides a number of advantages. The Octofrost™ IQF tunnel freezer delivers IQF shrimp in short time and it also provides the highest freezing capacity per square foot.
Shrimp is a very sticky product, making the cleaning of the equipment difficult, which increases the risk of cross contamination. But this is no longer an issue with OctoFrost™ IQF tunnel freezer, its advanced design features helping to avoid the development of bacteria and the contamination between different batches of products, ensuring a reliable food safety and superior IQF seafood that meets all the high-quality standards of the frozen food industry.
The OctoFrost™ tunnel freezer is designed with up to 5 adjustable freezing zones which means that each zone can be set to a specific fan speed, therefore, the gentle airflow prevents seafood products, such as IQF shrimp with whole antennas, from damage and lump formation. The asymmetric movement of the bedplates plays an important role in a good product separation, especially in the case of sticky shrimps, sprats or mussels.
Another challenging product to freeze can be sprats, but OctoFrost IQF technology shows very good results with these as well. With the unique air control, damages on sprats are reduced to a minimum in the IQF freezing process.
The strong airflow of the OctoFrost™ IQF freezer contributes to crust-formation, therefore, the moisture of the product is preserved keeping the dehydration to a minimum.
OctoFrost freezer is defined by the following food safety features: free-standing, no joints, easy access for cleaning, and cleanable design – all contributing to a truly reliable food safety for seafood processors.