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Linde North America Introduces CRYOLINE[R] PE Freezer for Portion-Control Shapes of Liquid or Sauce Foods.

New freezer makes IQF formed-shapes of sauces, purees, soups, juices

MURRAY HILL, N.J. -- In the highly competitive food industry, processors are constantly looking for technology that will give them that edge to differentiate themselves from the competition. Linde North America, a member of The Linde Group, the leading global gases and engineering company, is introducing cryogenic freezing technology to the North American market that will help them do just that.

The European-designed CRYOLINE[R] PE freezer, now available to food processors in North America, produces frozen consistent, formed-shapes of sauces, purees, soups, and a variety of other liquid food products. Processors interested in portion control of frozen ingredients, developing uniquely shaped product, or desire branded products, can take advantage of this technology. The CRYOLINE[R] PE freezer is perfectly suited for processors serving the food service, ready-to eat meals, and consumer markets.

"This is the only cryogenic freezing technology available that can make frozen pellets, discs, cubes, squares or a combination of shapes for a variety of liquid food products," said Mark DiMaggio, head of food and beverage markets, Linde North America. "The freezer has met with great success in Europe and has also been successfully tested and adopted by processors in the U.S. It has proven to give food processors a competitive advantage because it produces IQF formed product of uniform size with repeatability, allowing their customers to easily portion and defrost as much or as little of the product as required," DiMaggio said.

The patented CRYOLINE[R] PE freezer works by simply filling the cavities in a proprietary conveyer pre-cooled by liquid nitrogen. The extremely low temperature of the conveyer rapidly freezes the liquid into the shape of the cavity, thereby stabilizing the product before it is released.

"Processors we've worked with have found that there are several advantages to the CRYOLINE[R] PE freezer," said DiMaggio. "It enhanced their customers' ability to precisely control portions, eliminates the need for extra bags in ready-to-eat meals, and allows exact measuring of sauce to food products minimizing waste ratios." The CRYOLINE[R] PE freezer is currently operational for product testing and customer demonstrations in Linde's food lab, located in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company with almost 52,000 employees working in around 100 countries worldwide. In the 2008 financial year it achieved sales of EUR 12.7 billion (USD 15.9 billion). The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards sustainable earnings-based growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services.

Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment - in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

For more information, see The Linde Group online at http://www.linde.com
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