You could say that there was a cold front coming through Chicago. Freezing equipment supplier Linde North America, Murray Hill, N.J., used the recent Worldwide Food Expo to debut CRYOWAVE™, a new hygienic  individual quick freezer (IQF).

Officials say CRYOWAVE is ideal for processors who freeze IQF items such as pizza toppings, diced or sliced meats, pastas, vegetables and any other small product. The CRYOWAVE freezer uses a proprietary, agitating wave action that gently tumbles layered products to lock in moisture and maximize yield.

The dual-function freezer’s patented, controllable vibrating system delivers the highest attainable amount of IQF product. The vibration also can be turned off when processors want to freeze flat, trayed or formed products.

“The future has arrived in IQF freezing technology,” said Mark DiMaggio, head of food and beverage markets, Linde North America.

“The CRYOWAVE freezer is one of the most efficient freezers on the market and is yet another example of how Linde gives processors a bigger bang for their buck. It maximizes production capacity per unit of floor space while processing the highest quality IQF product,” DiMaggio said.

He added, “Not only does the CRYOWAVE freezer allow processors to consolidate lines, its unique design practically eliminates product waste due to breakage, clumping or sticking to the freezing belt so processors can still attain the ‘free flowing’ product characteristics their customers want.”

Linde says CRYOWAVE is part of the Linde CRYOLINE® family of hygienic freezers. These include the Linde CRYOLINE® PE freezer, which produces consistently formed shapes and weights of sauces, purees, soups and a variety of other liquid food products; and the Linde hygienic impingement freezer, which delivers the highest freezing capacity per unit of floor space than any other straight-line freezer.

DiMaggio says CRYOLINE freezers were designed in accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture and American Meat Institute guidelines for sanitary design. They have no niches to harbor pathogens and have sloped internal and external surfaces to eliminate liquid collection and to facilitate easy draining. They offer complete access to all areas for easy cleaning and inspection, reducing maintenance downtime.