The right solution for freezing IQF berries
Where fresh fruit is low in supply, demand tends to be especially high. Big cities and sprawling metropolises will gladly look for more accessible alternatives – and IQF berries are the competitor to look forward to. The frozen berries lose nearly none of their nutritional value while preserving the unique shape, texture and taste that nature worked hard to create.
As more and more farmers take their business to the big cities through freezing, it might be time to learn all about the latest trends in freezing technology. IQF is the biggest one. Find out more about it, right here!
A fresh take
The freezing industry has been creating good, but imperfect products for a long time. Between different freezing processes, equipment involved and techniques, no freeze was complete. Either the taste wasn’t completely exact, the texture was off or maybe there were even water crystals in the food.
IQF Octofrost technology aims to remedy that. With a comprehensive, automated processing line, Octofrost manages to cut the problems of traditional freezing technology, and propose solutions that create the best possible product. The result is premium frozen food, that in the case of IQF berries, manages to keep them from being stuck together and preserve all their natural nutrients.
The secret to a better performing process lies in the equipment’s design. For instance, the Octofrost IQF tunnel freezer has removable bedplates which let in the strong flow of cool air from below the product. That ensures the berries are uniformly frozen and prevents them from sticking together. Coincidentally, the moving air together with the plastic surface of the bedplates, prevents the formation of any markings on the berries, preserving their natural appearance, which helps them keep the texture and general appeal.
Compared to alternatives that use a moving mesh belt which often leave freeze burns or belt marks on the fragile berries, the OctoFrost approach approach leaves the fruit fully intact. No beltlines are found, the fruit appears as if it had just been plucked and placed into the freezer.
The removable bedplates also make it far easier to keep things more hygienic than ever before. When working with berries, it is no secret that a part may be pressed down or lose its shape during the process. The processing line may become dirty with the frozen juice, which could affect further processing. However, the bedplates were designed to offer a completely hygienic alternative to the traditional way of doing things. They’re simple to replace and wash down as necessary, supporting an industry-leading level of hygiene as a result.
The freezing temperature is always the same Too strong airflow can damage soft fruit, fortunately it is possible to adjust the OctoFrost fans to lower fan speed to gently move the berries towards outfeed. That allows you to pick out the perfect airfow for your berries, to keep efficiency, as well as natural appearance, resulting in a higher yield overall.
The entire Octofrost IQF processing line is designed to be energy efficient, fast and simple to use. It allows you to process a large variety of products, freezing them to the specified temperature and offering the necessary pre-processing options. By leading the charge in modern technological innovation in this field, you can be ahead of the game and outpace the competition.
Maximize your profits by competing on an entirely new level – produce the best and most natural-like IQF frozen berries in your market.
Have existing equipment in place? The Octofrost IQF processing line was designed to work well together, but also apart. If you’re looking for the most beneficial element to add to your businesses processing of frozen food, the IQF Tunnel Freezer is the right choice.