The first powderREV machine, which uses radiant energy (rather than freeze drying) to dehydrate enzymes and other products for the food processing industry, is slated to be delivered in September 2013; the second is scheduled to arrive summer 2014.
According to Brent Charleton, director of marketing and corporate affairs for EnWave Corp., companies like the producer (which could not be named due to contractual obligations) that have used freeze-drying (FD) techniques and/or relied on outside contractors find the REV technology appealing because it can reduce processing times, capital expenditures and processing costs.
“We also have proven to produce food products that retain natural color, strong taste and high nutritional content, and biomaterial products that retain the same efficacy and shelf-life as FD,” he says.
Further, Charleton added, by permitting the producer to bring drying capabilities in-house, the producer stands to gain control and increase production efficiency.
EnWave will be exhibiting powderREV and other commercial-scale dehydration machinery at the International Food Technologists Food Expo in Chicago, July 13-16.