Solution

MAJA Ice keeps asparagus fresh

Efficient cooling of premium asparagus

  • Energy- and cost-saving cooling method
  • Ensures freshness, quality, and a long shelf life
  • Simple ice handling

Information

Optimal cooling means better quality and shelf-life

As a premium product, asparagus must be deliciously fresh and tender when it reaches the consumer. The producer must therefore ensure optimal cooling to guarantee its flavor, shelf life, and quality. This process begins in the harvest field, continues during transport and storage, and ends with the sale in retail outlets.

The MAJA Flake Ice and MAJA Nugget Ice are ideally suited for every step of asparagus cooling, keeping its delicate flavor and texture from harvest to sale. Marel ice-makers are simple to use for a range of applications, such as storing asparagus on an attractive bed of ice and producing ice water to blast-chill the asparagus, which extends its shelf life. They make ice that does not clump—it remains loose and easy to dose. 

Cools asparagus quickly

Young asparagus shoots are put into basins with ice water immediately after harvesting. Ice flakes and nuggets have a large surface area, which facilitates energy exchange and brings the water to the right temperature very quickly. After about 20 minutes, the asparagus stalks reach an ideal core temperature of about 2°C, which keeps them tender even in warm ambient conditions.

The combination of low temperatures and constant moisture means that the asparagus does not dry out or discolor and keeps longer than with conventional cooling methods, such as blast chillers or cold rooms. MAJA ice-makers also ensures ideal ambient conditions during transport to wholesale markets and retail stores. At every step, the asparagus is kept optimally fresh and delicious.

Saves energy and costs

Using the MAJA Flake Ice or Nugget Ice eliminates the need for other more costly and energy-consuming cooling methods or irrigation systems. MAJA ice-makers are available in a variety of capacities, from 85 to 12,000 kg ice output per 24 hours, and can be paired with a range of accessories such as ice transport carts and special storage silos.

Versions

MAJA Flake Ice Machines Compact machines MAJA-SAH including condensing unit ranging from 85 up to 3.000 kg/24h
  Split versions MAJA-RVH-L for separate installation of the ice producing unit and the condensing unit, ranging from 250 up to 12.000 kg/24h
  Ice producing units MAJA-RVH to connect to an existing refrigeration circuit, ranging from 250 up to 12.000 kg/24h
Eco-range with natural, zero-harm refrigerants R744 (carbon dioxide), R717 (ammonia), R290 (propane)
MAJA Nugget Ice Machines Compact machines MAJA-NAS-L including condensing unit ranging from 175 up to 970 kg/24h
  Ice producing units MAJA-NAS to connect to an existing refrigeration circuit, ranging from 440 up to 1.420 kg/24h
Eco-range with natural, zero-harm refrigerants R744 (carbon dioxide) and R290 (propane)

Accessories

  • Wide choice of Control Panels for operator convenience and programming
  • Consoles, chutes and subframes for individual installation options depending on your location
  • Solutions for ice transport, storage and dispension

Service

Marel offers a range of service solutions to prevent failures, maximize performance or in case of unexpected breakdowns remote or onsite assistance.

Marel has offices in 30 countries across all regions, and a global network of highly skilled professionals that provide remote as well as onsite service support. We provide quality spare parts and customized service agreements for our customers to ensure optimal performance of Marel equipment.


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