OAL sees demand rise for dairy drinks using Steam Infusion in Africa

By Jenny Eagle contact

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L TO R: Chris Brooks, development chef, OAL, & Kyle Constable, technical sales lead, OAL testing the Steam Infusion at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (part of the University of Lincoln). Photo: OAL.
L TO R: Chris Brooks, development chef, OAL, & Kyle Constable, technical sales lead, OAL testing the Steam Infusion at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (part of the University of Lincoln). Photo: OAL.

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OAL has partnered with Filmatic, a supplier of liquid and food packaging equipment in South Africa to distribute its Steam Infusion Vaction Pump for dairy and maize-based drinks across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Steam Infusion is a disruptive cooking process, which can help manufacturers reduce their cleaning and cooking times, by using steam to simultaneously heat, mix and pump liquids with and without particulates. 

Liquid consumer market

Vaction Unit In-Tank

Jake Norman, head of Innovation, OAL, said having supplied Steam Infusion to this region​ in the past, the results it can achieve are perfect for a variety of food and beverage products in this market. 

It was always difficult for us to provide on-the-ground support as we’re based in the UK but thanks to Filmatic, food and beverage manufacturers throughout the continent can purchase our technology through an experienced team and benefit from their local expertise and proximity​,” he said. 

Filmatic has been supplying turnkey bottling equipment to a range of liquid consumer markets for 40 years. 

Steam Infusion Vaction Pump can sit within a cooking vessel or integrated line, depending on the needs of the manufacturer and heats 1,000kg of product from 15°C to 90°C in five minutes with no burn or particulate damage. 

Innovate UK

OAL developed the Steam Infusion thanks to a £1m UK Government-funded project with Innovate UK​, the University of Lincoln and a UK food manufacturer. 

Steam Infusion Vaction Lance In Tank Diagram

Pieter du Toit, key account manager, sales, Filmatic, added Steam Infusion delivers all the characteristics needed to produce popular dairy drinks across the Sub-Saharan Africa region. 

Filmatic will be showcasing the Steam Infusion technology at Propak Africa at Expo Centre Nasrec, Johannesburg, South Africa from March 12-15, 2019.

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