Linde, a member of The Linde Group, has been showcasing its expertise and cost-effective product offerings for the realm of food chilling and freezing, at the International Poultry Exhibition in Atlanta’s World Congress Centre in the US.

Occupying booth number 1219 at the exhibition in the World Congress Centre between 23-25th January, Linde invited visitors to learn more about the company’s decades of experience in developing hygienically designed chilling and freezing technologies. The company provides processors with cost-effective technologies designed to help customers maximize cryogenic efficiency and production throughput, and readily showcased such capabilities at the show.

Speaking of the products and services the company is able to offer, Mark DiMaggio, Head of Food and Beverage Markets for Linde North America, commented, “As processors reconfigure their operations to provide consumers with even more prepared food choices, Linde helps them address their most challenging concerns, including temperature control, increased production capacity and food safety.”

Linde offers the food industry's first, completely hygienic cryogenic freezer, the Linde CRYOLINE hygienic tunnel freezer, which helps processors reduce freezing bottlenecks and downtime while also lowering their food safety risk. The product also has the right credentials to back-up its claims, as it’s the first cryogenic freezer designed in accordance with US Department of Agriculture and American Meat Institute guidelines for sanitary design.

“The CRYOLINE freezer is perfect for ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook protein processors,” DiMaggio noted.

For other food process requirements, such as chilling poultry products before further processing, Linde's newly relaunched combo chiller affords users an automated alternative to using carbon dioxide pellets or snow, which must be manually loaded into combo bins. The chiller takes breasts, tenders and wings directly from the deboning line and deposits them into combo bins in layers interspersed with CO2 snow, dispensed automatically through snowhorns.

DiMaggio explained, “Dispensing snow at strategic intervals eliminates inconsistencies that can cause hot or cold spots. The automated process also eliminates labour and CO2 off-gassing, creating a safer employee work environment.”