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OptiFreeze signs an agreement with one of Europe's largest companies to dry vegetables and herbs
OptiFreeze has signed an agreement with one of Europe's largest companies operating in the drying of vegetables and herbs.
The agreement means that OptiFreeze will conduct industrial trials together with the company and these are planned for December 2019. After the trials, both parties will jointly evaluate the results. Due to business and strategic reasons for the customer, OptiFreeze has chosen not to name the company for the time being.
The company has been collaborating with OptiFreeze for some time and together we have carried out industrial scale tests on site in the customer's factory. The tests resulted in a joint finding that there is great economic value in using the OptiFreeze method and that we will increase the capacity of the systems to meet the customer's requirements.
OptiFreeze has been working on a new system during the spring and summer of 2019. As we previously announced, we will now produce the new PEF system where the customer contributes to the production costs.
“It is very positive that our customers believe so much in our method that they are also prepared to invest both their time and money in a development project. We are really looking forward to this in-depth collaboration with one of Europe's leading players in its field, ”says OptiFreeze CEO Ulf Hagman.
OptiFreeze AB has a patented technology that preserves the taste, shape and texture of vegetables, fruits and berries throughout the freezing and thawing process. OptiFreeze has furthermore developed methods that can improve the shelf life of vegetables, fresh cut fruits, flower cuttings and other plants. The same technology can be used to dry fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices aiming to reduce the drying time while preserving the fresh-like taste, smell and colour. The technology opens new business opportunities for food and plant propagation industry all around the world. OptiFreeze is the result of a long period of research at the Institute of Food Technology at the University of Lund. The company is situated in Lund, Sweden and is listed at the Spotlight Stock Market.