Freeze Dryers

Whether it is for food and beverage or functional ingredients 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 NIRO® 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
Mind the food

Freeze drying for responsible food production

Freeze drying is a great way of preserving nutritional value in different food types, while increasing shelf life at room temperature, and reducing waste.
Pol's freeze drying facility in Ermenek, Turkey

Pol’s and GEA supporting local, sustainable agriculture together

GEA secured a third contract from Pol’s to deliver and install RAY® freeze drying equipment at their facility site in Ermenek, Turkey.
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The evolution of Thrive Life’s freeze drying business

Thrive Life markets a wide range of freeze-dried foods, including fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and ready meals predominantly sold in the United States and Canada from their headquarters near Salt Lake City, Utah

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