GERMANY – EnWave Corporation, a global leader in the innovation and application of vacuum microwave dehydration, has partnered with Elea, the global leader in Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) technology, to host a showcase event on the synergizing of PEF and Radiant Energy Vacuum Dehydration (REV) for faster, higher quality, low energy drying for food applications.

REV is a fast, low-temperature drying method that retains more of the raw product’s colour, flavour, and nutritional value.

PEF induces electroporation, opening cell membranes in the raw product and increasing mass transport. It enhances REV, accelerating processing and improving product quality.

The two-day showcase event took place at Elea’s R&D center in Quakenbruck, Germany where leaders in food innovation from around the world met to learn more about the applications and benefits of these two technologies paired together to make superior shelf-stable dried foods.

The event consisted of presentations from PEF and REV process experts, followed by live demonstrations and one-to-one sessions in Elea’s pilot halls.

With over 200 installed systems, Elea is the world’s leading provider of PEF systems to the food and beverage industries.

PEF works by gently puncturing the cell membrane of the organic material, whatever the size of cell, leading to enhanced product and process benefits.

The PEF process is targeted, gentle and clean. Using PEF facilitates faster, easier water removal and softens the raw material being processed.

The advantages of using PEF for dried products include greater yield, less product waste and improved economics. Taste, smell and colour in food products are all also enhanced through the use of PEF.

Elea’s PEF process accelerates drying times and can allow for the processing of higher capacities. EnWave believes that using PEF as a pre-treatment to REV will allow its licensed partners to innovate products of the highest quality and taste while improving processing economics.

EnWave has placed a 10kW REV machine at Elea’s state-of-the-art pilot plant facility in Quakenbruck, Germany to showcase the material benefits of marrying the two technologies for the production of dried fruit, vegetable, meat, seafood, dairy and confectionary products.

EnWave is leveraging this machine placement and the strategic collaboration with Elea to drive new business development and sales opportunities for REV drying equipment.

Elea and EnWave have also appointed ScanStore A/S as a key European sales representative specializing in the advanced fruit and vegetable processing sector.

With more than forty-five royalty-generating partners spanning twenty countries and five continents, EnWave’s licensed partners are creating profitable, never-before-seen snacks and ingredients.

They are improving the quality and consistency of their existing offerings, running leaner and getting to market faster with the company’s patented technology, licensed machinery, and expert guidance.

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