New Zealand innovators to showcase technologies at foodpro 2023

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New Zealand-based food and beverage innovators are set to join more than 380 exhibitors at the upcoming foodpro 2023, Australia’s longest-running and leading food manufacturing industry event. 

The event will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 23 to 26 July. It will serve as a platform for companies to demonstrate their expertise and innovation to Australian and international visitors. 

Cuddon Freeze will showcase its latest innovation, a new “green” range of commercial conductive batch freeze dryers for the dairy industry. 

Designed and manufactured in New Zealand, the dryers include FD100GPC small commercial model suitable for R&D and pilot scale work, the FD600GPC and FD1200GPC, and its largest industrial model, the FD1800GPC.

Cuddon Sales and Marketing Manager Blair Kibblewhite said the design of the dryers focuses on the use of liquid-filled heat plates delivering less than 1-kelvin variation across all contact surfaces in the dryers. 

This allows Cuddon freeze dryers to handle heat-sensitive products better than other types of freeze drying, making it the preferred choice in the dairy industry globally when it comes to drying whey protein extract products, such as Lactoferrin, where bioactivity retention is vital. 

Cuddon dryers also use CO2 as freeze dryer refrigerant as an alternative to traditional Global Warming Potential refrigerant, reducing the environmental impact by more than 4,000 times. 

Kibblewhite said foodpro is always valued by the company as a key opportunity to meet with new and existing clients. “We hope stand visitors will be impressed with our new 3D printed model freeze dryers, debuting at the show.”

New Zealand companies exhibiting this year also include MHM Automation, which recently launched two innovative products designed to transform the way food processing and logistics companies handle materials. 

MHM’s Automated Robots and the H&C Gantry Pallestister and De-Palletiser are both intended to make automation more viable for small to medium operations. 

New Zealand companies slated to take part in foodpro 2023 include Argus, Bucher-Alimentech, Thermaflo, FPS Food Process Solutions, HD Process NZ, and Kando Innovation. 

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