Fruit and vegetable drying
We provide steel belt-based dehydration systems for the efficient processing of a wide range of fruits and vegetables.
Based on our perforated steel belts, these systems enable controlled dehydration by the flow of air through the product. Combined with the ability to adjust the speed of belt travel, this enables our drying systems to deliver reduced process times – as much as 50% lower.
The use of multi-stage drying units allows time/temperature curves to be optimised for products as diverse as potatoes, carrots, apples, orange peel, celery, garlic and tomatoes.
As with all food processes, hygiene is critical in dehydration and this system delivers bacteria, yeast and mould counts far lower than other continuous drying methods. This is achieved through a combination of stainless steel material, belt washing device, simple offloading and easier cleaning than wire mesh or perforated apron belts.
Benefits of Sandvik steel belt-based drying systems include:
- Faster throughputs
- Lower bacteriological counts
- Optimum drying cycle
- Reduced operating costs
Dryers for sensitive products
We can also supply dryers specially designed for drying of sensitive products such as cut strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mango and more; and for handling a wide range of other fruits and vegetables, including partially frozen products.
Delivering an end product with highly uniform moisture content, this system can also be used as a pre-dryer for microwave plants.
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Sandvik dehydration systems for fruit and vegetables
With the growing trend towards the use of dried fruit and vegetables in all kinds of packaged food there is an increasing need for a drying system that delivers high quality product at minimum cost.
The Sandvik drying system – developed in close collaboration with leading food research centers and universities in Italy – is just such a system.