Whether it is for food and beverage or pharmaceutical applications, GEA’s expertise in freeze drying plants is unrivalled. Building on decades of experience, we supply freeze drying plants that meet the individual industries’ specific regulations, standards and requirements.

Freeze drying is the drying of an already frozen product in a vacuum below the triple point. The vacuum allows for a sublimation process facilitating the direct conversion of ice into vapor without any intermediate liquid stage. This results in an extremely gentle drying process preserving the product's shape, color, taste, and nutrients.

The range of Freeze Dryers for food and beverage applications are available as batch and continuous plants - RAY™ and CONRAD™ - and applied for numerous applications, including: 

  • Instant Coffee and Tea
  • Freeze dried fruits/vegetables, meat/seafood and prepared meals
  • Active ingredients like probiotics, enzymes and other functional ingredients for food and health products

The product range for the pharmaceutical industry includes Freeze Dryers/ Lyophilizers all specifically designed for cGMP production, and are supplied for production of bulk pharmaceutical products through to advanced and/or potent compounds.