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Hygienic and Sanitary Design for Improved Food Processing

When food processors commit to improved equipment hygiene, they mitigate the risk of product recalls, food waste, costly downtime, damaged reputation, and, most importantly, they mitigate the risk to consumer health.

What is your OEM doing to inhibit bacteria from forming and harboring in equipment? Let’s look at ways manufacturers can better prevent bacteria harborage.

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Spiral Freezers: A Location Option for IQF Freezers

Limited Space for  IQF Freezers? An AFE Spiral Freezer is a Great Solution

You have a need to expand and need a bigger industrial freezer, or need an additional processing line with a new freezer.  However, you just don’t have the floor space for a freezer that takes up 900+ square feet.  Have you ever thought about a freezing solution that is placed outside?  AFE has provided several freezing solutions that are placed outside to allow greater production floor space inside the facility.  With that, AFE’s designs ensure that your external freezer is more than capable of withstanding the outside environment while providing the highest standards in proper product freezing.

AFE uses state-of-the-art fabrication technologies including laser cutting, robotic welding, and various CNC machines to manufacturer its spiral freezers. So much precision goes into our equipment that some in the industry call us the “BMW of spiral freezers.”

AFE provides customized sizing for all applications.  Contrary to the standard thinking, customizing is not more expensive, but ensures you are not buying more freezer than you need. Let’s explore the different types of spiral freezers and how AFE can meet your needs. Continue reading

Why You Need Clean In Place (CIP) Systems For Spiral Freezers and IQF Tunnels

Food processing facilities and food processors must be vigilant about hygiene. Their business depends on it.  For decades, Advanced Food Equipment (AFE) has helped food processing operations maintain sanitation with the most hygienic and efficient Individual Quick Freezing (IQF) freezers and cooling equipment for all kinds of food products. AFE’s comprehensive CIP systems for spiral freezers and IQF tunnels provide easy-to-operate, automated washing capabilities that save money and help eliminate downtime.

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Top 5 Reasons for Freezer Preventive Maintenance

AFE services a gear motor on a freezer unit
An AFE service technician performs a Gearmotor, bearing, sprocket alignment, and shaft inspection.

We all know the benefits of preventive maintenance and its role in preventing or limiting potential future issues or breakdowns. Simpler, less involved tasks that are completed today can help avoid complex, more expensive tasks in the future.

Proper maintenance will increase equipment reliability, reduce unscheduled downtime, loss of production, and other associated costs for emergency repairs.  Simply stated, your company can establish a more effective method of managing maintenance within your facility.

An AFE Service Contract is an effective maintenance plan that can offer your food processing operation the following benefits:

  1. Maintain Operation Readiness
  2. Less Equipment Failure
  3. Maintain Personnel and Equipment Safety
  4. Continued Freezing Consistency of Your Products(s)
  5. Maximize Hygiene Control with Systems Having CIP and Other Cleaning Functions

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Prevent Product Contamination With AFE’s Unsurpassed Hygienic Designs

Whomever coined the phrase “There is no such thing as bad publicity” clearly never worked in the food industry. When it comes to food prep, all publicity matters because having a positive consumer perception of your company is the key to success. That’s why companies big and small understand the seriousness of making headlines for product contamination.

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The Importance of Maintenance

a site-built spiral freezer

The status of your freezing and cooling equipment is important to us long after it reaches your business. If you read our article “AFE Approach”, then you already know that we pride ourselves in finding the equipment you need for your business to thrive. Preparation. Transportation. Delivery. But what happens to your equipment after it’s delivered?

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Chilling with AFE

2 scoops of chocolate ice-cream on a cone

Summer temperatures are soaring across the country and when things heat up, you want to make sure those ice-cold dairy products stay cold. Ice cream. Cheese. Milk. Yogurt. That only works if your IQF freezer is in proper working order. If you read our article, “The Hottest Thing In Keeping Cool“, then you already know we use custom machinery and the latest technology to design a freezer to fit your specific needs. You know your products best but we also know a thing or two about freezing dairy!

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Frozen Bakery: A Global Market

frozen bakery goods on a plate next to an egg and fork Frozen bakery goods have seen renewed popularity in large part due to the high demand for food durability. With the hectic lifestyle of the average person, the reason for our frozen food preference is obvious. Frozen baked goods, when compared to traditional ones, have a longer lifespan. In addition, increasing disposable incomes means consumers eating habits have changed, further stimulating the frozen bakery market. Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and other baked goods have crossed over from the traditional “after-dinner desert” to indulgent between-meal snacks. This increased spending and snacking are important factors that have contributed to the growth of frozen bakery items in the past several years.

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Premium IQF Banana

3 bananas in a wire bowl Bananas have been one of the most popular and consumed fruit worldwide for hundreds of years. It’s not surprising that this delicious fruit is a favorite among adults and children. They are a great choice for a quick power snack, being easy to digest for a quick energy boost. They also are low in cholesterol and fat, along with being important sources of potassium and fiber. These health benefits combined with low-cost and worldwide availability make it no surprise that the banana is so popular.

The big problem with this popular fruit? They spoil easily! This means the normal methods of refrigeration cannot maintain their original freshness and texture. With improper storage and moisture maintenance, regularly frozen bananas will clump together or become freezer burnt. That is where the IQF Banana comes in.

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IQF Rice Preparation and Packaging

a bowl of rice Rice is one of the most popular items on the worldwide market. With the fast-growing market for ready meals, the demand for rice is expected to grow significantly between 2017 and 2022. Along with the growing market, comes the increasing number of rice varieties available. Wholegrain, wild rice, and black rice are some varieties that have gained popularity due to the growing trend for healthier meals. While the demand for rice and rice varieties is increasing, there is still the challenge of processing rice for freezing which needs to be addressed.

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