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“Puffed” blueberries

Posted by blueberrytalk on March 3, 2009

A blueberry producer from Richmond B.C. in Canada has become the first to buy a Vancouver firm’s new dehydration process. The company plan to use the technology to produce ‘puffed’ berries for snack foods and other processing. A licensing and royalty deal has been forged between EnWave Corp and Cal-San Enterprises, a blueberry farming, processing and winemaking operation owned by the Sandhu family of Richmond. …

The new processing method is said to be a blessing both financially and environmentally. It is competing with freeze drying, using three times the energy and costing six times the capital price. EnWave report that the cost will be between US$800.000 and US$1 million. The quality of the product is also ensured, as foods retain “excellent colour, flavour, and texture, with similar nutrients and shelf-life to freeze drying, and at a variety of moisture contents as required by the target market”.


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