With urbanisation and changing lifestyles, convenience is driving the need for processed food. Long working hours, nuclear families and ease of meal preparation is driving the new generation towards ready to eat and pre-cooked meals. The longer shelf life of food ingredients is the need of the hour. To meet the rising demand for processed food while maintaining the flavour and taste of the food items is very important.
However, uncontrolled humidity can play a spoilsport. It can adversely affect the taste, flavour, and shelf life of the processed food. Other than, inferior food quality, the frequent challenges faced by the food processing companies are longer drying time, frequent production downtime, and loss of key characteristics of food products. Therefore, it becomes imperative to tackle the moisture menace at every stage of food processing. It means one should maintain recommended moisture levels during product drying, processing, packaging, and storage.
Some of the common problems are:
The common powdered food that is used in our daily life is milk powder, instant tea, coffee powder, instant drink mix, soup concentrates. During powder processing and conveying, the moisture may cause lumping and caking. The lumps stick to the pipes and block the pneumatic conveyors. It obstructs the free and easy movement of the food powder and hinders the functioning of the packaging equipment.
Usually, the masalas or spices like cardamom, chilies, cinnamon, garlic powder are dried and then powdered. However, the presence of moisture in the surrounding area elongates the drying time and processes. It slows down the free flow through the packaging machine and creates hygiene problems.
The sugary products such as chocolates, candies, chewing gums are hygroscopic in nature. Thus, they become sticky and prone to mould formation, if not packaged in a controlled environment. Moisture interferes in the coating process and causes uneven coating, dis-formation, and discoloration in the confectionery item.
The favourite snack food of the urban population is potato chips, namkeens, popcorns, biscuit, corn wafers. But they all absorb moisture from the surrounding air during processing. Moisture turns them soggy and losses its freshness and crispness.
When moisture intrudes the cold store environment, it results in frosting and ice build-up on floors, walls, cartons, and conveyors. Moreover, it increases the risk of mould and mildew growth and shortens the life span of the food items.
Bry-Air Desiccant Dehumidifier provides the most effective and economical solutions to humidity related problems during product drying, processing, packaging and storage. It helps in speed up drying process, consistent production, uniform coating, maintain food quality and shelf life.
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