BOC has been operating a Food Laboratory for over 25 years, with a state-of-the-art facility at Thame, Oxfordshire opening in 2000 and refurbished with a selection of the CRYOLINE® range of freezers in 2008.
Cryogenic Freezing and Chilling
The facility features the CRYOLINE® range of best-in class food cryogenic freezing and processing equipment including:
The facility comes complete with an on-site kitchen that is available to process food samples - boiling, frying, baking, microwave etc, to reproduce production and consumer conditions. In this way full product life, from ingredients to the consumer plate can be simulated. This allows a more accurate evaluation of the equipment and processes for a specific product.
During trials, samples can be real time monitored, using the latest data logging equipment, at the cooling and freezing stage; providing insight into optimal cooling times and maximum efficiencies for the production specification required.
The product is weighed, tested for moisture loss, thermal effects and transitional energy values. This allows us to establish the optimum efficiency and maximum production capabilities for each individual product, through each application.
The trial processes allows BOC to help customers make a fully informed choice when evaluating which freezing technology is most appropriate for their product and processing requirement. It has the added benefit of ensuring a smooth and effective project completion when the chosen CRYOLINE® freezer solution is installed.
The CRYOLINE® range is extensive and our numerous trial facilities across Europe offer wider opportunities to test products on the full range of Cryoline equipment.
Modified Atmosphere Packing (MAP)
At the Food Technology Centre, BOC also offers advice, testing and trials on Modified Atmosphere Packaged products.
Working with a wide variety of food products including protein, dairy and bakery, BOC can trial different gas mixtures and carry out head space analysis to confirm the gas mixture composition. This also allows processors to carry out shelf life tests to establish which gas mixture is the optimum choice to preserve product quality and deliver the desired shelf life.
Alternatively if a customer wishes to investigate their current packaging suitability, appropriate gas mixtures, and gas mixing equipment performance, BOC’s MAP experts can provide the advice and support needed.