OAL leads research project into cryogenic cooling


We are pleased to announce the launch of our latest research project set to revolutionise ready meals with cryogenic cooling in partnership with BOC, The University of Lincoln and Iceland Manufacturing. The £969,000 project, part funded by Innovate UK will last two years and aims to develop an innovative cooking and cryogenic cooling system for ready meals providing a step change in product quality and healthiness. The project seeks to help tackle the current levels of food waste and increase the speed of production.

The project will combine our rapid cooking Steam Infusion Vaction technology with a cryogenic cooler from BOC. It follows our first major Innovate UK project "Nutrition for Life", that has focused on understanding the full operating envelope of our Steam Infusion cooking technology and it's effects on nutrition and food safety.

Over the two-year project, the team plans to gain a full scientific understanding of the effects of rapid cooling using liquid nitrogen on sauces and soups, and the vegetables, fruits and meats they contain in order to maximise nutritional values. Product shelf life could also be increased and waste minimised as we will develop a fully flexible process that will reduce production, cleaning and changeover times for increasingly variable supply requirements.

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Please contact us to find out more and get involved.