Diversity and specificity
We got off to quite a traditional start in the meat processing industry with the requirements of small-scale meat production and the curing of products. In addition to the thermal treatment of meat, fish and vegetables, ever more baby food and ready-made foods began to penetrate the market, requiring sterilisation and pasteurisation solutions with maximum preservation of vitamins and minerals.
We likewise succeeded in expanding our portfolio over the last 20 years to include pet food manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. The pharmaceutical sector also sets extremely high hygiene standards; here too, we provide workable solutions that comply with the strict regulations.
The requirements and desires of consumers regarding meat have undergone considerable changes in recent years: On the one hand, classic quality products such as cuts of ham, bratwurst sausage, fine liver paste or beer sausage, to name just a few, are back in demand. On the other hand, our target group has changed: Here it is important to cater to both the small-scale artisanal operations and the large-scale industrial production plants with the appropriate facilities.
We have a wide-ranging portfolio and can supply all the thermal meat-processing technologies. In doing so, we take care to maximise the preservation of nutrients for the benefit of our customers. At the same time, by complying with exact time and temperature specifications in the pasteurisation and sterilisation process, we aim to achieve an individual product result that dispenses with as many additives as possible.
Our kettle or large-volume, high-tech autoclaves are used to pasteurise and sterilise tinned meats, jars and pouches. Our cooking and continuous flow boiling systems are, for example, used in the production of cooked and bratwurst sausages. Our hot and climate-controlled smoke systems work traditionally, with smoke from carbonised wood chips or sawdust and frictional smoke from beech wood or condensation, to cure and ripen your product.
Today there is a lot of talk about health and fish is becoming increasingly popular. Buzzwords such as omega-3 fatty acids, high iodine and protein content are placing fish high on the daily nutrition must-have list. Fresh fish is not always available and the tinned fish market has seen a lot of changes lately. Products such as “mackerel in apple-cranberry mix” or “herring in piri-mango sauce” are beginning to appear. Even “Fried herring in Mediterranean dressing” is finding its way back onto consumers’ plates.
And this is where we come into play again with our product variety in the pasteurising and sterilising of tinned goods. The exact point in time for thermal treatment is of the utmost importance here in ensuring that fish will still taste like fish. When we open the tin, we like to see the fish perfectly embedded in its environment. This is precisely where our gentle production methods lend our customers a helping hand. And our many years of experience even allow our autoclaves to sterilise the fish right on a Norwegian fishing vessel.
By the way, we mustn’t forget to mention our smoke systems; after all, a salmon smoked with beech wood is pure delight.
For a time it was fashionable have plenty of fresh green salad on your plate in the evening. The fresher the healthier. Ecotrophologists are now having second thoughts and feel that is better to eat cooked food in the evening, as it is easier to digest. And lo and behold, there they are again, granny’s good old preserving jars. Or the latest varieties from the organic market and their associates?
Times change, as do tastes and products and products are forced to adapt to the changes. There is an increasing tendency to dispense with additives such as sugar and flavourings when it comes to conserving vegetables in jars and tins and an ever greater focus on the good or organic quality of the vegetables themselves. Examples are the “fitness salad with carrot and celery”, “beetroot slices”, “cauliflower salad” or “whole pickled cucumbers” to name but a few. The selection is vast and enough to last the whole evening.
Our autoclaves render their reliable services in this case too. Large amounts are generally processed and the customer is thus often looking for an automatic or semi-automatic process control system. The subsequent visualisation of production data for individual batches is important for temporal analyses, as this allows the customer to see which products require which temperatures, for how long and in which quantities. Our control units make this possible and thus enable the customer to plan!
This product should actually come first, given that our life always begins with it. However, we happen to have begun with meat production and continued chronologically with fish and then vegetables, which is why the littlest ones have had to wait until now to get some attention.
Ready-made baby food, as the trade jargon calls it, is supposed to help babies get a start in life by gently weaning them off breast milk or milk formula. The vegetables, fruit and baby cereal in jars are produced according to the strictest regulations in the food industry. Organic quality is paramount for the littlest ones. They are supposed to be fed the vegetables, fruit and ready-made baby cereals in as unadulterated a form as possible, without any additives, precooked for easier digestion, as well as with the highest vitamin and mineral content. The organic meat products used in some jars undergo the strictest EU-wide controls that exist, to ensure that only the best of the best is used.
The preservation of this precious baby food requires special knowledge about the individual raw materials and their different behaviour during pasteurisation and sterilisation. We work on this with great sensitivity to develop the optimal production system together with the customer: for the benefit of the youngest ones.
Ready-made food products
Time … good old time. It is constantly ticking away, yet we would all like to provide ourselves and our family with high-quality food, even if it is not always home-cooked. At the same time, rather than placing priority on the fast food concept, the focus should be on a diet that is as healthy as possible and which conserves most of the nutrients.
The convenience food industry keeps up with the times in this case as well: in addition to traditional ready-made fare such as “red cabbage with dumplings and goulash”, we suddenly find “African peanut stew” on the grocery shelf. Names such as “Mah Mee” suddenly appear, showing us the incredible variety of ready-made foods. This fried chicken meat in tomato-onion sauce with basmati rice is sterilised and a very popular dish. The target groups have changed and interesting dishes can appeal to younger consumers, who like trying out new foods and certainly have less time.
An increasing number of smaller, specialised organic operations are also entering the market, offering ready-made organic stews, for example. These smaller often only one or two-person businesses as well as large industrial plants can benefit from our advice and customised project planning. We can install individual kettle autoclaves as well as large systems with up to 20 simultaneously controllable sprinkler autoclaves.
What do we look forward to every day anew? Seeing satisfied dogs’ and cats’ eyes. Satisfaction and health thanks to good pet food is important to us owners. It is thus essential that we can count on quality production for wet food: a high-quality combination of ingredients and high-quality preservation and packaging of the product.
The crucial thing here is sealing the nutritionally balanced formulas and maintaining optimal quality during sterilisation. The pet food industry no longer focuses only on tins and aluminium trays, but also increasingly on so-called pouches (stand-up pouches), which are gaining popularity in the processing industry. The advantages of this form of packaging are its practicality for single servings and lower disposal costs.
Since 2014, we can also cover this stage of production thanks to our partner’s filling machines, with capacities from 80 to 250 pouches per minute. Simply fill, seal and sterilise the pouches – done!
Hygiene is crucial in the pharmaceutical industry, especially during the production process. The highest safety standards apply here. The production process must run flawlessly at all stages, so cross-contamination and mix-ups must be absolutely excluded. Continuous quality control at every stage, from the arrival of raw material to warehousing the finished product, is essential. This is supported by documenting all the processing steps. For example, care must be taken to comply with the specified temperatures during the sterilisation of certain injection solutions, infusions and fluids. The sterile conditions during their production must be monitored and recorded by pharmacopeia-compliant methods of sterility testing.
Our completely stainless steel and seamlessly welded autoclaves, with their fully automatic programmable motion control, are ideally suited for demanding pharmaceutical production. All recorded data can be visualised and also stored on a server via data networking. Maximum convenience for the most stringent demands!