IQF fruits and vegetables
Capricorn Food Product India introduced Individual Quick Freezing (IQF)/ Bulk Freezing in the Vegetable and Fruit Processing industry.
IQF commonly known as Flash freezing is a commercial freezing technology that allows fruits and vegetables to retain its quality and original nutritive value by preventing the formation of large ice crystals in the fruit cells. Since each whole fruit is individually frozen, particles do not cohere and the final product is not frozen into a solid block. IQF products eliminate reprocessing and thus considerably reduce the drop loss during thawing & refreezing. It also gives a longer shelf life to the fruits and vegetables. Individual consumers in importing countries prefer IQF products, for the sake of convenience and its longer shelf life.
IQF generally takes place in two stages. In the first stage, the product is partly frozen to a pre-determined point and thereafter, fluidized to a semi-weightless stage by partially suspending it in the air in the second stage. The velocity and pressure of air in the process is adjusted to ensure ultra rapid freezing in IQF form.
Over the years, volume of exports of frozen fruits and vegetables from India has increased in manifold. We export to countries such as Germany, France, UK, USA, Japan and many more across the globe. The product basket has also increased to cover more value added products. Currently, the ranges of products exported in this category are:
• Frozen fruit pulps
• Frozen fruits - chunks, cubes, slices and other assortments.
• Frozen mainstream vegetables.
• Frozen Indian ethnic vegetables.