Today’s consumer looks for wholesome, tasty, and natural foods containing as few additives as possible. Modern food processing is a matter of creating a commercially viable product in terms of price and shelf life, while preserving as much as possible of the natural flavor, texture, and nutritional value .
Alfa Laval holds a strong position as a supplier of products, systems, and complete solutions for a number of food segments. It was in the food sector that we started our business in 1883, where the company’s continuous milk separator laid the foundation for the dairy industry. Today, Alfa Laval serves the dairy industry with a complete product range.
Separation, heating, cooling, and transport of viscous food products and products containing particles require specialist know-how. Alfa Laval has acquired substantial competence in this field and supplies efficient solutions for foods such as soups, sauces, baby food, tomato products, jams, and confectionaries.
We also help producers of vegetable oils develop healthy, high-quality products that increase their margins. We supply solutions for oils extracted from every type of oil-bearing crop such as plant material, seeds, and olives.
Alfa Laval has a long tradition within palm oil refining and offers solutions for every stage of refining including deodorization, hydrogenation, de-gumming, and soap stock splitting. Our products for the olive oil industry include equipment for all operations from washing through crushing, malaxing, and extraction to final clarification of the oil.
Soy is another important food today. Not only is it a high-quality protein, it is also thought to prevent and treat certain diseases. Alfa Laval equipment such as high-speed separators, decanters, membrane filtration systems, pumps, valves, and agitators is widely used for the production of numerous soy products.
Alfa Laval provides numerous process solutions for extracting and refining fats and proteins from surplus raw material in the fish and meat industries. These solutions are now increasingly utilized for the production of high-value fats and proteins for food ingredients.
Protein offers important potential and could be used as functional proteins, flavor ingredients, and bioactive components that serve as food supplements. We provide products for all parts of the processing chain including preparation and heating, clarification, solids separation, fractionation, and evaporation.
Alfa Laval also offers a comprehensive range of equipment for cleaning and concentration of starch when it has been released from raw materials such as wheat, maize, manioc, rice, or potatoes. The range includes disc stack centrifuges for clarification, concentration, classification and washing, decanters for dewatering, and heat exchangers for preheating, evaporation, and condensation.
The overall economy of sugar production depends on the cost of energy. Alfa Laval’s heat exchangers, including the wide-gap plate heat exchanger and the plate evaporator were both tailor-made for this industry. They help sugar producers to maximize product quality and minimize energy costs.
Alfa Laval supplied the first continuous centrifuge for harvesting bakers’ yeast as early as the 1890s. Today, we offer the fermentation industries a wide range of centrifuges, heat exchangers, filters and strainers that fulfill the high hygienic standards of these industries for the production of bakers’ yeast, fodder yeast, yeast extract, amino acids, and starter cultures