AFE and Farm Frites: A Higher Hygiene Ranking

frozen fries on a conveyor belt

The European processing industries investment in their deep-freeze capacity and strict legislation around the use of the refrigerants means there is more of a demand for frozen fries than ever. There is also a call for increasing standards regarding continuity, capacity, hygiene, and natural energy use. Last year Farm Frites invested millions of euros in a new  IQF Freezer. What freezer did they choose? AFE with their state-of-the-art line of the freezers with the highest hygiene ranking in the industry.

Why is AFE the number one choice for freezers?


This is probably one of the most important features of a modern IQF Freezer because the profit is in the availability of the machine. Every second that the production line at Farm Frites is not operating costs them about 1.5 euros. After eight hours, that amount equates to 43,500 euros lost. With an IQF Freezer from AFE, production only stops to do the necessary cleaning between lots. The machine operates for multiple weeks around the clock without stoppage and is perfectly capable of running many more weeks if other surrounding conditions allowed such.

Electricity Saving:

With modern evaporators, Farm Frites is saving a lot of energy. While many suppliers use a cooling agent of -32°C, AFE uses evaporators at -25°C. Every degree lower in the evaporator requires 3% more energy, meaning AFE freezers can save 21% on energy. With electric prices at 6 euro cents per KWh, Farm Frites can save 160,000 euros in one year. Additionally, the 39 centrifugal fans in each IQF Freezer can be operated with frequency regulators, thus being able to operate with lower energy usage. With the reserved capability to process 40 metric tons per hour, these savings will substantially increase.

Ready-Made Modules:

AFE provides IQF Freezers as ready-made modules.This means AFE only needs to weld the large modules together at the factory site minimizing significant installation time and resources in the field. However, these giant freezers require some organization to transport to the facility. With an inland craft, the enormous modules can be delivered to the nearest port to curtail road transport.

Hygenic Demands:

Fully welded enclosures with raised self-supporting fully welded floor systems slopped to integral drains focused on the elimination of nuts/bots and ‘sandwiched pieces” help to ensure optimal hygienic conditions. Cleaners can reach every spot of the freezer. Plus, with the addition of LED lights, the freezer can also be inspected everywhere.  AFE’s Cleaning in Place system automates the cleaning process making cleaning easier and faster. The evaporators are cleaned with spray pipes while the tunnel is cleaned with special spray balls with nozzles installed in the IQF Freezer and under the conveyor belt. After spraying, the entire space is heated to 78°C in order to pasteurize the inside.

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AFE provides the most hygienic and efficient Individual Quick Freezing (IQF) freezing and cooling machines for ALL food products. Our goal is to provide the most hygienic, energy efficient and reliable equipment available in the world.

Don’t Lose Nutrients or Value! Choose AFE to Freeze Your Broccoli!

a piece of broccoli

Vegetables are big members of the frozen food industry, but not every freezer will freeze produce while keeping freshness. Processing and preserving vegetables properly is essential to creating delicious, fresh, and safe products for your customers.

Broccoli: The Queen of the Frozen Vegetables

Broccoli is the queen of the frozen vegetable industry. Found in restaurants and on dinner tables around the world, you want your broccoli to keep its freshness from the time it’s picked to when it arrives on the table. The moment broccoli is harvested, the respiration process begins. This means that the broccoli will start to lose water and release heat. Additionally, it starts to lose vital nutrients. The moments from transportation, to quality control, to handling, to the supermarket, to your home, your broccoli will likely lose more than half of its minerals and vitamins.

Individual Quick Freezing

Don’t go for the one-size-fits all approach. Individual Quick Freezing is the ideal choice for high-value produce. In order to ensure the moisture, shape and freshness of small food items, AFE utilizes mechanical IQF Tunnels utilizing Ammonia or Freon. Your normally fragile broccoli will maintain its natural appearance, texture and color when frozen in an IQF Tunnel. An IQF Tunnel will not only lock in nutrients, but also ensure the highest quality broccoli that can be sold for a premium price. AFE IQF Tunnels can be fabricated using fully welded stainless steel panels or stainless steel clad panels that provide exceptional sanitation and durability. Each piece far exceeds the industry standards for health, cleanliness, and energy savings to give you the best results for your business.  For any vegetable processing, look to AFE for a wide variety of freezer and cooler products.

We service the industrial sector by providing cooling and freezing equipment for food processing facilities. Our goal is to provide the most hygienic, energy efficient and reliable equipment available in the world.

AFE Approach

AFE Approach

Since 1990, AFE has been providing a full array of exceptional refrigeration, cooling, freezing and processing equipment. Whether you need refrigeration, meat processing, produce processing, or other equipment, let AFE help you find all the equipment you need to help your business thrive. With customer collaboration, we will provide a proposal specific to the processing of your product with a machine integrated into the constraints of your specific requirements. Your unit will be fabricated in the Netherlands, completely assembled in the workshop and transported to your site. Because our units are pre assembled in the workshop, installation time is very short.

C.S.A., U.S.D.A., and O.S.H.A. standards are strictly followed when designing and building all of our refrigeration equipment. Our equipment has a very hygienic design consisting of a fully welded enclosure (10 year warranty), belt support, side guiding, sloped floor and led lights. We also have in-house testing of food products to confirm our freezing or cooling machinery results.

Advantages Through Preparation

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Disassembling To Transportable Modules

Lifting of Modules into Plant on Site

Efficient Delivery Logistics

When it comes to getting the most dependable performance from your food processing equipment, the quality of the equipment is only one part of your needs. Put your confidence in the AFE approach. We will be there for you to provide the guidance, answers, and recommendations you need to find the ideal equipment for your business. Give us a call for a FREE estimate and to learn more about the equipment we have to offer. AFE also has an office in Europe to better serve the European region.

Exemplary Crafting

Exemplary Crafting

Here at AFE, our equipment is designed and built to the highest sanitation and energy standards within the industry. Each piece is crafted from high quality stainless steel with expert welding for durability. Field proven since 1990, our continuous-seam-welding provides an industry-leading 10-year warranty. Continuous-seam-welding seals each freezer, thus preventing bacterial growth and providing greater cleanability. Not only can AFE build your enclosure to the highest standards in the industry, but our experienced and efficient technicians can also efficiently rebuild, improve, modify or fix most any manufactures cooling or freezing machines.

Enclosure Integrity

  • Seamless Welded inside and out Stainless Steel Construction
  • Inside finish, outside polish.
  • Strong structural panels with internal fire barriers
  • High density insulated foam, continuous welded & bead blasted seams, heavy gauge stainless sheeting inside & out, integrated supporting structure and techniques to avoid thermal transfer.
  • Field proven for many years (Since 1990).

 Have confidence in the quality, safety, and durability of your food processing equipment with us. Give us a call for a FREE estimate and to learn more about the equipment we have to offer.

AFE: The Hottest Thing in Keeping Cool!

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AFE: The Hottest Thing in Keeping Cool!

It seems that so many manufacturers seem to treat industrial freezers like a one size fits all product. When it comes to commercial food processing, flash-freezing and storage, you need a freezer that fits you unique needs and space. Your freezer needs to be energy efficient, cost effective, hygienic and easy to clean. AFE listens to your wants and needs when they design, engineer and manufacture a perfect freezer just for you. 

Customized Machinery

At AFE we specialize and focus on cooling and freezing machinery. Our equipment is designed and built to the highest sanitation and energy standards within the industry.  Utilizing the latest in technology and design, our engineers work with you, taking into account your requirements to the space you are working in. This means that a top-of-the-line piece of equipment will be designed and built just for you. It is important that we work in a constructive collaboration with our clients. We try our best to achieve the best solution for production goals while ensuring the utmost quality.


AFE has been designing and building custom freezers for over 20 years, providing every customer with the best equipment and the best service. Since 1990, AFE has installed over 400 freezers in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Our key employees have over 150 years combined experience.

The Latest Technology

We use the latest in technology and design methods, using 3D modeling, laser cutting, robotic welding and automatic bending equipment. The results are custom machines that are build quickly and efficiently with non-proprietary parts for easy maintenance and repair. Most importantly, our continuous seam welding method seals each freezer to prevent bacterial growth and provide greater clean ability. Each freezer has an industry-leading 10-year warranty. At our primary fabrication facility, (VDL systems in Uden, Netherlands) is specifically focused on design and fabrication of stainless steel food processing equipment. We have a high level of engineering staff focusing on mechanical design, 3D modeling, and high efficient fabrication methods, techniques and processes. The lean structure of AFE and VDL produces leading designs at competitive levels.

So, if you are looking for the most innovative and sophisticated freezers custom designed by the best in the business, and guaranteed to stay clean, look no further than AFE! The hottest thing in keeping cool!

Foodsafe LED-lighting


Ledlighting b.v., in association with AFE, has developed LED armature for the food processing industry. The armature complies with the strict legislation and has obtained an official certificate: Foodsafe

Through the application in the food industry, all the components must meet the strict requirements. The components have been tested in laboratories and measure up to the standards of the Food and Drugs industry. The LED is also able to handle extreme temperatures during the production in -30º and cleaning in +70º.

By working together we managed to develop a product that meets all wishes:

  • Create little or none ambient heat
  • Low maintenance and energy efficient
  • Switched on or off without problems at extreme low temperatures.
  • Long lifespan in an extreme climate
  • Foodsafe

led lighting in a food processing center

Do you want to know more? Please contact us.


Meet Us at the Interpom|Primeurs 2016

27 – 28 – 29 November 2016 AFE will be present at the Interpom 2016, Belgium.

INTERPOM | PRIMEURS is the most specialized indoor trade fair in Europe for the potato, vegetable and fruit sector where the whole chain is represented, from growers to processing and marketing. INTERPOM | PRIMEURS counts 278 exhibitors (+14% exhibition space) from 15 different countries and 19.529 visitors (+10,5%) of which 23% from abroad (41 countries). This means that the trade fair is now the largest indoor trade platform in Europe – and even worldwide – for all professionals in the potato, fruit and vegetable sector. These growth figures together with the many new products at the event show that there is a strong confidence in the future of our potato, fruit and vegetable sector.


In practice, running an agricultural enterprise more efficiently by making intelligent use of the technology available results in sustainable growing, commerce and processing. This year’s slogan ‘Growing through precision technology’ puts the emphasis on sustainable growth through technological progress over the whole chain.


Come and discover the new possibilities opened up by exhibitors offering innovative technologies in machines and services – and discover how much growth this could represent for your enterprise.


Short ‘walk-in seminars’ on initiatives in the field of PRECISION TECHNOLOGY in Belgium and abroad. After a short 10 minute presentation, you can enter into a discussion with specialists in the field.


27 NOVEMBER 2016

11:30 – 12:00 (French)
Bruno Huyghebaert, CRA-W
Joost Wellens, ULg

13:00 – 13:30 (Dutch)
Koen Mertens, ILVO

14:30 – 15:00 (French)
Bruno Huyghebaert, CRA-W
Joost Wellens, ULg

16:00 – 16u30 (Dutch)
Koen Mertens, ILVO

28 NOVEMBER 2016

10:00 – 10:30 (Dutch)
Marc Sneyders, BAYER
Nicole Viaene, ILVO

11:30 – 12:00 (ENGLISH)
Philip Burgess, AHDB Potato Council

13:00 – 13:30 (French)
Jean-Pierre Goffart, CRA-W

14:30 – 15:00 (ENGLISH)
Nicole Viaene, ILVO
Jean-Pierre Goffart, CRA-W


Exhibitors will present products, equipment and services for the whole of the potato, fruit and vegetable sector, from growing to processing and marketing:

  • growing potatoes, fruit and vegetables
  • seeds and plants
  • plant protection products and fertilizers
  • mechanization
  • storage
  • packaging
  • transport
  • marketing
  • environmental care
  • processing
  • food safety
  • research and development
  • trade literature


Sunday 27, Monday 28 and Tuesday 28 November 2016
each day form 09:30 – 18:00 hrs

Kortrijk Xpo, halls 1-2-3-4-5 & 6 Doorniksesteenweg 216, BE 8500 Kortrijk
Ample parking possibilities – € 4,00/ticket
Only for professionals

Meet AFE EUROPE at booth 164

Contact us for more information

Understanding Our Customers

Understanding Our Customers

At AFE LLC, our approach is always completely unique. We take our technology, our extensive past experience, and our newest features and we find the best way to put them to work for you. Each and every one of our customers are facing their own unique set of challenges that might be unique to their industry, or unique to their product line. Our job is to listen closely to the details of those challenges so that we can come up with a solution that satisfies everyone and ensures success long into the future.

AFE Tunnel Freezer Inside

Your dedicated team at AFE LLC utilizes our full range of engineering and manufacturing resources to create customized, high-quality solutions to the struggles that your business has been facing on a daily basis. Our goal is to provide you with a product that works best within your individual operation. AFE LLC recognizes that in this case, one product cannot possibly fit all.

Freezing for Success

Freezing for Success

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If you’re looking for products that reflect the latest advancements in freezing technologies, you’ve come to the right place. Recent enhancements in cooling technologies take into requirements such as energy savings, simplicity of access and use, high performance and cost effectiveness. This is especially applicable to large-scale tunnel freezers, for example, which are used to freeze products such as french fries.

There no longer exists a one-size-fits all approach when it comes to freezing. Now, we are experiencing a shift in focus as we take into account the fact that there needs to exist an alignment between the freezer and the characteristics and state of the finished product. Your products need to adhere to certain hygienic standards and exhibit particular qualities after thawing, preparation, cooking and/or baking. That’s where we come in.

According to the USDA, the estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) or global refrigerated food exports is expected to reach 7.4% before the year 2018, with vegetables being one of the most frequently sold commodities worldwide. The ongoing advancements that we constantly developing in regards to freezing technologies allow for a faster development of energy efficient equipment.

With over 150 years of combined experience, AFE has the necessary skills and expertise to handle your needs with confidence.

Unique, Reliable & Innovative Commercial Freezers to Meet Your Needs

Unique, Reliable & Innovative Commercial Freezers to Meet Your Needs

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At AFE, we understand that each and every business has its own unique needs – needs that required a personalized approach to facilitate success. We are consistently operating with this theory in mind, which is why we create custom commercial freezers for our clients.

How does the customization process work? First, we listen to your needs. Next, we take that information and to craft a unique solution to meet those needs utilizing our past experience and versatility. The result? A fully customized commercial freezing solution focused on YOUR products’ success that is distinctly different from the rest.

The equipment that you choose to run your business is absolutely essential when it comes to achieving your goals and objectives. The equipment offered by AFE is always manufactured with stainless steel and is expertly welded for exceptional sanitation and durability. Each and every piece far exceeds industry standards or health, cleanliness, and energy savings to give you the best possible results.

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