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Award-winning in-line smoking solution

31 May 2016

GEA and Red Arrow have jointly won a Fleischerei Technik (Meat Technology) Award 2016 for their ‘smokeless’ smoking process in the third-generation GEA CookStar spiral oven. SuperHeatSmoke is an in-line solution for smoking of meat, poultry, seafood and meal components. 

The Fleischerei Technik award honors innovations in meat and sausage processing in the supply chain from slaughtering to packaged products. The jury place special emphasis on innovative ideas that can help boost efficiency but also increase product quality and enhance food safety. The award is presented in seven categories: processing machines; food safety; food processing; smoke & climate control; automation; hygiene; transport and logistics. GEA and Red Arrow won the Golden award in the smoke & climate control category.

The market for smoked products is growing and smoked vegetarian products are becoming popular in Germany, while in Scandinavia, traditional fish products remain strong. The BBQ sector is also an important European market for smoked products such as ham shanks, pulled pork, pulled beef and pulled chicken. However, there are health concerns regarding conventional smoking processes. 

Paul Verbruggen, senior product manager further processing at GEA, said, “Consumers are aware of products that combine a concern for their well-being with ease of preparation and an authentic taste. At the same time, food processors get more and more direction from local and central government to provide sustainable products and adopt a responsible eating policy. The SuperHeatSmoke in-line smoking process co-developed with Red Arrow produces fully cooked smoked products that meet these criteria”.

Uwe Vogel, managing director at Red Arrow Handels-GmbH, explained further: “Using conventional smoke is a labour intensive batch process and has limited performance in high temperature (>100°C) in-line smoking processes. The application of our purified primary smoke products and atomization technology in the GEA CookStar is an efficient, safe and effective alternative for hot smoking processes.”

Smoke without fire 
SuperHeatSmoke is a process for smoking at temperatures above 100°C. It is believed to be the only in-line spiral oven available with the option for using freshly generated smoke from Red Arrow’s purified smoke condensate. This means cooking, baking, roasting and smoking can all take place at the same time in one spiral oven. The oven ensures a controlled environment for a more constant and mild smoke flavour. 

The technology further enables taste and colour variation by using smoke condensate with different colours and flavour intensities and by the flexibility of applying smoke in one or both oven sections. 

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