The company was established in 1999, with headquarters in Malmö, Sweden. In 2015 we changed our company names from IQF Frost AB to OctoFrost AB, IQF Frost Inc. to OctoFrost Inc. and our service company ProFrost AB, to OctoFrost Technology AB. All companies are part of the OctoFrost Group with existing owner structure, OctoFrost Group. Since the start we have delivered close to 200 IQF freezers to customers all over the world.
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Producing IQF Mango is How Processors Can Reduce Losses and Maximize Their Offering. Mango consumption is on the rise, thanks to its luxurious appeal and sweet taste which is why it’s known as the ‘king of fruits’.
Mango is consumed in many forms from fresh to frozen and is increasingly being used to make smoothies, yogurts, jams, and jellies to meet the demands of the health-conscious global market. Though it is mostly eaten fresh in producer countries, there has been a huge increase in exports of IQF mango to non-producer countries. These new markets demand high-quality IQF mango that has all its natural attributes: natural appearance, texture, and taste.
The expanding frozen mango market demands premium mangoes year-round and the only way to achieve that is through IQF processing. Therefore, it’s vital to offer a premium product in order to tap into these new affluent markets. Maximize Your Mango Offering with IQF Processing Before freezing, mango can undergo operations such as washing, peeling, de-stoning, grading, cutting, and chilling. 1. 2. 3. Why The OctoFrost IF Cooker Will Be The Success of Your Shrimp Business. The OctoFrost™ IF Cooker is the latest technological innovation in the shrimp processing industry.
It uses the OctoFrost™ patented 3-temperature zones which guarantees shrimp’s core temperature to reach the food safety temperature of 73°C while surface stays below 80°C. This means that overcooking is avoided and highest yield possible is achieved. Furthermore, the unique rain shower system guarantees the quickest heat transfer, allowing for accurate temperature control within 0.2°C of the set temperature.
OctoFrost™ Impingement TechnologyEvery product is surrounded by a static layer of air that insulates it and slows down heat transfer. The OctoFrost™ IF Cooker uses a rain shower system to break this static layer through impingement technology. IQF Avocado and new business opportunities. The market for fresh avocado is currently facing a number of challenges.
A limited supply unable to keep pace with the quickly growing demand, lack of convenience for the consumer with a highly-perishable product, significant food waste, and short shelf-life – are some of the main issues which hinder the development in this sector. With the continuously soaring prices of the fresh produce and no sign of consumption decrease, it is now clear that avocado-eaters are not price-sensitive when it comes to their favorite fruit. The IQF avocado, however, seems to be able to address all these challenges.
With many more avocado varieties suitable for IQF freezing than for fresh export, avocado growers can significantly increase the supply. So, are the avocado growers overseeing a highly-potential business opportunity here? Why Processors Should Focus on IQF Strawberries. There is a misconception that freezing strawberries is only for excess and lesser quality produce; however, this is not the case.
The sector for IQF frozen strawberries is well developed and lucrative for processors who are in the know. Supplying the market with strawberries during the offseason is an easy way to maximize revenue—especially when a first-class, premium IQF product can be offered. By investing in the right IQF technology and equipment, you will ensure your success in IQF strawberry processing. Why Fluidization Matters in IQF Freezing.
A Brief Introduction to IQF is a series of short, educational videos which aim to explain different scientific and technological concepts relating to the Individual Quick Freezing (IQF) method.
The first episode explains the concept of "Fluidization" in an IQF freezer tunnel. IQF stands for "Individually Quickly Frozen" as each individual piece of food is frozen fast and individually. It is a well-known and efficient technology used for quickly freezing products such as vegetables, berries, seafood, meat, dairy, and pasta. This is the most common method of freezing individual pieces of small food items in order to achieve a high quality, natural looking IQF product—even after defrosting. The 3 Steps for Achieving Premium IQF Spinach. IQF Spinach is fast becoming one of the most in-demand products on the global frozen vegetable market.
Spinach sales and volume has steadily been rising over the last few years. Moreover, organic spinach sales have risen by about 9% in each of the past two years (Produce Market Guide). Why Producing IQF Artichokes is a Smart Business Strategy for Processors. Modern and efficient freezing technologies like the Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) method has made the idea of frozen foods more appealing for today’s health-conscious consumers and IQF artichokes are no exception.
Artichoke consumption and production are on the rise and it follows the growth of the global frozen vegetable market which was valued at over $25 million in 2016 and is expected to reach $35 million by 2023 (Business Wire). Overall, the global frozen food market is expected to grow with a compound annual growth rate of 5.2% between 2017-2023 (Research and Markets), reaching 751 million tons by 2027 (RFF). How The OctoFrost™ IQF Tunnel Freezer Enhances Food Safety In IQF Poultry. Poultry is the cheapest and healthiest source of animal protein in the world.
Overall, the meat market has seen steady gains as new markets open globally that previously did not have regular access to animal protein. The worldwide demand for meat, milk, and eggs is set to rapidly increase over the next few years. This is mainly driven by population growth and an expanding middle class of millions of previous poor households who are likely to have an increased discretionary income. Rockwell Automation Solutions For OctoFrost. This article is in collaboration with Rockwell Automation.
OctoFrost Group is a globally recognized manufacturer of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) freezers, which are used for a wide range of applications: from fruits, berries, vegetables to meat, poultry, seafood and even pasta and cheese. OctoFrost, realising that many food processors wanted a single supplier for their full IQF lines, has evolved into a supplier of full IQF processing lines, through the strategic acquisition of the Dutch Innotec Systems – an expert in blanching, cooking and cooling processing. Today, OctoFrost offers individual processing equipment, including Impingement Flash (IF) Cooker, IF Blancher, IF Chiller, IQF Freezer or complete IQF lines as per the requirements of each processor.
Each type of OctoFrost equipment is a unique, sophisticated technology, built through continuous development and by listening to the customers’ needs. What food processing machinery to use for high-quality IQF spinach. What to choose between a cryogenic and an IQF freezer. How the most common challenges in the IQF industry can be overcome. How the OctoFrostTM IQF tunnel freezer prevents textural changes of IQF vegetables. How the OctoFrostTM IQF tunnel freezer handles IQF shrimp. HOW TO ACHIEVE PREMIUM QUALITY IQF COCONUTS. Coconut is one of the fastest growing food products on the market, in fact it’s been growing year after year and the market trends project a steadily growth of this product.
Coconut is a very versatile fruit as it combines three elements in one: fruit, nut, and seed. Also, it can be used in a variety of ways such as food, sugar, sweet treats, butters, beauty products and more. Not all suppliers can provide premium quality coconut products because it is quite difficult to keep the natural appearance of the fruit without proper IQF processing. In order to deliver high quality products to the market, there are two major factors to consider: the right pre-treatment and the right freezing technology. The right pre-treatment Oxidation is one of the main issues you can encounter when attempting to freeze young coconuts. When processing coconut flesh the usual pre-treatment is washing and slicing into chunks or shreds. Rockwell Automation Solutions For OctoFrost. How The OctoFrost™ IQF Tunnel Freezer Enhances Food Safety In IQF Poultry. Meet OctoFrost at ANUGA FoodTec 2018. How the OctoFrostTM IQF tunnel freezer manages difficult products such as IQF herbs.
IQF avocado, the next big thing on the modern food market worldwide. The benefits of using the OctoFrostTM IQF tunnel freezer for IQF vegetables. The opportunities and challenges IQF shrimp brings to seafood producers. IQF blueberries and common challenges for blueberry processors. Among all frozen products, the IQF blueberry segment is projected to be the fastest growing in the upcoming years due to the growing demand from the bakery and confectionery industries across the globe.
Processing IQF blueberries has its challenges for blueberry processors though, and overcoming these challenges will make the difference in quality on the market. The most common challenges while freezing blueberries are the appearance, yield, and dehydration. One of the most challenging aspects when freezing blueberries is to avoid surface cracks and burns on the berry surface. This can occur due to too slow freezing time or/and usage of metal mesh belts. Chile becomes China’s biggest avocado supplier. Until a few years ago, the Chinese consumers knew little to nothing about avocado, but together with the countries’ economic growth and higher life style they started to pay more attention to healthier, super food products. Today, avocados are found throughout all supermarkets and restaurants in China and it is quite a popular product. The main avocado suppliers to China are Mexico, Chile and Peru. The Chilean avocado entered the Chinese market in 2014 and in the last year exported more than 13.000 tons of avocado in the country.
That was a turning point for the Chilean avocado export in Asia, replacing Mexico as the largest supplier. The avocado export has increased continuously ever since and is expected to grow to 18.000 tones by next year. IQF herbs – a growing trend. Herbs such as mint, coriander, sage, basil, lemon grass and rosemary have been marginal imported products for many years, but the rapid increase of demand and cultivation have turned this products into a real trend on the market. The demand for herbs is steady but it has been growing gradually in the last 30 years, while the last 2 to 3 years have shown a rapid request on the market in particular for organically grown herbs.
Mint, coriander, rosemary, and sage seem to be the herbal stars, with a year-round increase in demand. The global organic sector is expected to growth over the next decade. According to Food Navigator-asia.com, the Asian continent will drive the sales of all organic products over the next decade. They base their assumption on the growing understanding of customers within this sector as well as the government support in the organic grown and processed food. Raj Seelam, a pioneer in India for organic products and ingredients is one example of the incredible expansion of the sector since his company started in 2004 until today.
Now, the company works with 45.000 farmers and it is cultivating 225.000 acres in no less than 11 provinces in India. Mr. Raj Seelam reveals for Food Navigator-asia.com that the goal of the company is to expand a circle of sustainability, that will reach 5000.000 acres of organic farming, and all of this by 2020. The truly optimistic figures Mr. Frozen food processors should use the OctoFrostTM IQF tunnel freezer. Here's why. Infographic: The 6 Do's and Dont's when freezing IQF mango. OctoFrost Link – the free online platform to bring business opportunities on IQF market. Meet OctoFrost at Indagra 2017 in Romania. Premium quality IQF onion. Reality or Fiction? The handling and preparation of onions can be time consuming and the fast-paced modern world makes nowadays consumers more inclined to buy ready to eat meals and frozen products for easy and fast preparation and consumption.
Onions are usually sold in supermarkets in frozen, canned, caramelized, pickled, powdered, chopped, and dehydrated forms and the general demand of processed onions is growing. The largest producers of onion and onion products are China, India, the United States, and Egypt and when it comes to freezing, onion processors are usually having issues with the quality. Freezing onion is no so easy, as it is one of the most difficult products to process for a high quality frozen result. Scientific Paper: Design and Technical Features Increasing Food Safety of an IQF Freezer. In February 2017, in the 19th Volume of the Journal of Hygienic Engineering and Design (JHED) has been published an OctoFrost scientific paper written by Svetlana Plotean, the company's Marketing Manager. The paper comes at a moment when food safety became a serious concern on the market of frozen foods, with major frozen food recalls which took place in 2016 - 2017 due to food contamination only.
IBO Summit 2017 opening a new era in the Chinese blueberry industry. OctoFrostTM's IQF tunnel freezer, the optimal solution for perfect IQF fruit. Scientific Paper: Design and Technical Features Increasing Food Safety of an IQF Freezer. Infographic Broccoli Market Overview. IQF Cherries – high demand and even higher potential. 2017 has been a year characterized by adverse climatic conditions all around the world, destroying crops and affecting the supply of fruits and vegetables in many regions of the world. Cherry growers is one of the affected agriculture groups, having experienced major losses under the frosty conditions in Europe this spring. Slovenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Switzerland and France are just some of the countries affected by bad weather and losing significant volumes of cherry crops.
Meet OctoFrost at International Indonesia Seafood and Meat Expo 2017. Meet OctoFrost at Polagra Tech 2017 in Poland. Meet OctoFrost at Process Expo 2017 in Chicago. The evolution of IQF, or Individual Quick Freezing. Best practices for freezing asparagus. Asparagus is a high value product on the market and in the case of iqf asparagus, food processors need to pay extra attention to pre-processing techniques and most importantly to the freezing technology used to freeze this product. Pre-treatment. Waste less food by using frozen produce. Consumers are willing more than ever to pay premium prices for organic, healthy food products without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers and most of the time their eyes are turning towards fresh products for this choice.
Pasta producers are slowly moving towards free-form pasta products. Consumers shopping habits are evolving more and more towards free-from and healthy food options, including ready meals with pasta as well as frozen pasta varieties. Because of this growing trend, pasta producers are coming up with new innovative products and strategies, designed to both diversify their portfolio and to expand in more geographical areas, thus attracting more consumers. OctoFrost Group is taking over Innotec Systems. The Swedish globally recognized manufacturer of individual quick freezing (IQF) freezer tunnels, OctoFrost Group, with installations in more than 50 countries, has taken over 100% of the shares of the Dutch Innotec Systems BV.
Innotec Systems is a well-known manufacturer of customised industrial food processing machinery and industrial food processing lines with strong expertise in thermal processes like blanching, cooking and chilling. So what’s up with the meat and poultry market in Europe? Innovation is an essential tool for stimulating IQF demand worldwide. Installation of an IQF freezer. IQF rice – Challenges and opportunities. Energy Efficiency in IQF freezers. Types of fans used in IQF equipment and technology. Investing in innovative freezing technologies will push your business forward on the market. All you need to know about fluidization in IQF Freezing. Overview of the global shrimp market. Overview of the world's fresh and frozen broccoli market. The biggest challenges for IQF processors. Edamame – the rising star of the Asian Market.
GBC part 4: Berries market - a market of change and dynamics. GBC Part 3: Blueberries - the performing star. New technologies and solutions from GBC, to satisfy consumer demand PART 2. Consumer Behaviour and Market Trends from the Global Berry Congress 2017. OctoFrost is welcoming you at Global Berry Congress 2017. OctoFrost participating at AgroFood Forum 2017 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The star of frozen vegetables: IQF broccoli. How to achieve premium IQF strawberries.
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