17 January 2024
Cooling equipment specialist Starfrost is offering an energy comparison service designed to assist frozen and chilled food manufacturers in managing the ongoing rise in gas costs.
The tool is designed to help food processors assess the shift from cryogenic to mechanical freezing, said to typically yield a one to two year return on investment.
Starfrost says it can provide a comprehensive analysis of operating costs associated with mechanical and cryogenic freezing technologies, allowing processors to evaluate the financial implications of each option.
Samuel Welch, UK Sales Manager at Starfrost, said: “Our energy comparison service equips businesses with the essential insights needed to optimise their freezing and chilling processes and sheds light on real costs and payback returns. As a comparative example, the operating costs per kilo of finished product for mechanical freezing are notably 85-90% lower than those incurred with nitrogen cryogenics, an astonishing reduction.
“Our mechanical freezing equipment doesn't just deliver high-performance and high efficiency but also guarantees the highest quality results in the end product. We aim to share our expertise and emphasise a profitable freezing solution without compromising the food product's quality or sacrificing system flexibility.”
To illustrate the effectiveness of the service, Starfrost recently collaborated with a prominent UK seafood processor. By investing in a mechanical spiral freezer and utilising the energy comparison service, the food manufacturer achieved substantial annual cost savings of £624,071 (based on 50 weeks of production, processing 1000kg per hour of seafood products).
The return on investment for this customer will be achieved in just over one year when compared to the operating costs of their previously used cryogenic freezer.