Meat is one of the most consumed products worldwide. It has significant positive effects on health and serves as an invaluable source of protein. Whether lean chicken, pork or beef, there is a very wide variety of meat to pick from.
Frozen meat is the premier method of transportation and distribution. It preserves the meat while being able to reach as many customers as possible. The frozen meat industry is booming, but the recent backlash against the ecological impacts, inhumane treatment of animals, and progress in the food industry have shifted the public perspective somewhat. Many customers seek a more sustainable, in some ways healthier alternative, that doesn’t impact animal lives as much.
Vegetarian meat is still a niche, yet one that is constantly expanded upon. This alternative proves to satisfy all the previous requirements and is more affordable at the same time. According to recent studies, it’s possible to save up to 30% on a plant-based diet. As vegetarian meat becomes increasingly popular, so does its distribution. To keep things fresh, preserve the most nutritional value and improve appearance, IQF vegetarian meat is the best high-quality frozen vegetarian meat solution.
The frozen vegetarian meat market is booming
Compared to a measly 4% increase for frozen fruit, or 7.9% in the vegetable department, over 5 years, frozen vegetarian meat has had significantly improved growth. Plant-based burgers, which are easy to use in the fast-food industry, have experienced a growth of 9.4%, and frozen plant-based nuggets, strips, and cutlets, an increase of 24.4%. The future ostensibly lies with plant-based frozen solutions to consumer demand.
Convenience is one of the key factors, as shipments are easy, and purchases are kept simple for the customer. Overall, this market is expected to grow by 8.5% across this half of the decade, all around the world.
Staying on top of new market trends is the only way to get ahead. Various companies across the globe are currently rushing to take advantage of this increase in growth and play a pivotal role in shaping the food economy in years to come. Frozen food is one of the most consistently reliable and necessary elements of most day-to-day life, so high-quality, premium products are necessary to satisfy this consumer demand.
A novel opportunity
For the past 20 decades, Octofrost has worked tirelessly, employing the best engineers globally to create a high-performing, energy-efficient, and easy-to-maintain IQF Freezer. Consistently improving upon existing designs, as well as introducing elements that are unique, patented, and novel to Octofrost, take advantage of this opportunity to revolutionize your freezing business.
Octofrost’s processing line involves equipment at every step of the frozen food processing, from blanching to freezing. This consistency in terms of performance is only possible with a dedicated processing line. Easily adjustable fan speeds, the potential for various temperature zones during cooking, as well as the option to have multiple in-feed lines, make productivity one of our top concerns.
Let your equipment work for you—with Octofrost it’s easier than ever. Our exclusive bedplate technology isn’t available at any of our competitors. Instead of old conveyor belts or trays, our machinery uses porous plastic bedplates that can be easily removed for clean-up, without stopping processing. This makes it easier than ever to stay fully ahead of industry regulations in terms of food safety. One of the primary reasons consumers report switching to vegetarian meat is due to concerns regarding the health impact of regular meat, where overconsumption of certain kinds has been linked with illnesses such as heart disease.
Our IQF machines ensure low dehydration so that the optimal aerodynamics during freezing locks in the moisture in the products and reduces dehydration, and reduces snow formation inside the freezer. Octofrost reportedly boasts the lowest product dehydration rates on the market.
You’re also certain to save money in the long term, as our fans offer greater energy savings compared to our competitors. Lower operations costs might be just what you need to overtake the competition.
What makes our equipment especially suited?
The Octofrost IQF tunnel freezer has optimally designed bedplate technology, which freezes products uniformly. As a result, freezing is completely uniform and requires less energy overall.
Maintenance is simplified, as it’s built into the design of our equipment for processing vegetarian meat. It has rounded corners and sloping surfaces inside of the machine, as well as space underneath thanks to the free-standing design to make cleaning simpler.
Our freezer offers a highly natural appearance to frozen products, thanks to fluidization and the low dehydration rates contributing to less yield loss. The texture, color, and consistency are kept intact, allowing for the improved likeness of the actual meat, or preserving the original design of the product as much as possible. The premium freezing method preserves the taste, and therefore the quality of the product.
It’s possible to achieve very high output rates, thanks to the high yield our equipment is capable of. With up to 15 000 kg/h of frozen product processed sometimes, it is guaranteed to help your business in expansion efforts.
Ease of use is another focal point, given that our product is both intuitively designed and manufactured so that it’s easy to operate. The different options available to you allow you to customize your meat processing as much as you need.
Ultimately, vegetarian meat is here to stay. Thanks to a mixture of consumer efforts to shift away from traditional meat sources, as well as innovation in the food industry, alternative products can taste nearly indistinguishably similar. It provides both a healthier and a more sustainable alternative to animal-based meat and provides the world with much-needed products.
Your business can be the next to grow together with this industry. By focusing on premium-grade frozen products, your IQF technology can support you in achieving your goals. High-quality products are a niche market, but there is a significant overlap between the desire for a higher quality of living, and associated food products and the tendency to delve into vegetarianism.