Cryogenic freezing maintains the natural quality of food.
Linde Helps Spark Growth in Prepared Seafood and Aquaculture
(UNITED STATES, 3/16/2017)
Linde LLCis supporting two growing areas for the global seafood industry –prepared seafoodandaquaculture– with technologies to improve quality and productivity. These two proprietary systems will be featured at Seafood Expo North America inBoston,March 19-21, booth #2074:
The CRYOLINE®CW (CRYOWAVE®)IQF freezeruses a patented rolling-wave action on the conveyor belt to keep seafood items separate as they are individually quick frozen (IQF). The hygienically-designed cryogenic freezer can be equipped with either liquid nitrogen (N2) or carbon dioxide (CO2) and is ideal for small items that require high quality with high efficiency. This includes shrimp, scallops, mussels and clams, as well as stuffed seafood pasta and chunk lobster, crab or white fish. The CRYOWAVE technology provides lower operating costs than flighted freezers and eliminates CO2snow carryover into the exiting IQF seafood.
A new SOLVOX®oxygenation system for aquacultureoffers a simple drop-in solution for seawater species grown in fish tanks and sea cages that promotes fish health throughout the growth cycle. SOLVOX systems are ideal for high-value export species such as salmon, sea bass, king fish, prawns and shrimp, as well as tilapia and other species farmed primarily for the local market.
The CRYOLINE CWIQF freezer.
"Flavor is king in the seafood industry, and the quality and consistency of the freezing process is critical to seafood brands expanding regionally, nationally or internationally," saysErik Fihlman, program manager, seafood and prepared foods, Linde LLC. "Our inline cryogenic freezers apply a rapid freeze that helps protect the natural texture and flavor of the seafood, better and longer than conventional freezing methods.
The CRYOLINE CWIQF freezer uses a patented rolling-wave action keeps IQF products separate as they freeze.
Linde technologies can also boost the production and quality of chilling and packaging operations. The new ACCU-CHILL®automated box chilling system, for example, rapidly chills fresh seafood directly in packing boxes – on demand – with a controlled amount of CO2snow. The system avoids the cost and labor issues of storing and handling bagged dry ice. Linde also offers the new ACCU-CHILLSC sauce chilling system for glazes, sauces and soups. This in-line system can chill thousands of pounds of hot pumpable liquid foods in minutes, and in less than 10 square feet of floorspace.
For thicker foods and others that require longer freeze times, the Linde immersion spiral quick-freezes in two stages – first with immersion in liquid nitrogen, then with nitrogen gas in the spiral freezer stage.
Additionally, Linde offers MAPAX®gases for seafood in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) which can typically extend the shelf life of fresh fish to about 14 days and cooked seafood to about a month. Plus, patented inline leak-detection technology from Linde can test the integrity of MAP packages in real time.
In close collaboration with customers and research institutes, Linde has developed a number of ground-breaking technologies, many of which are tested at its own international aquaculture R&D centre in Norway.
Linde LLC supports the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and the advancement of food safety. Linde has a Food Safety Management System in place for all bulk carbon dioxide (CO2) plants and air separation facilities supplying the food & beverage industry inNorth America. InJune 2012, Linde became the first supplier to certify all of its CO2plants to a benchmarked GFSI scheme, FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification).
The Linde food team performs on-site assessments and works with fish farms and seafood processors to develop optimal solutions.
About Linde LLC inNorth America
Linde LLC is a member of The Linde Group. In the 2016 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue ofUSD 17.9 bn(EUR 16.948 bn), making it one of the leading gases and engineering companies in the world, with approximately 60,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Linde LLC, Huston.
The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business, with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.