We are impressed with the IceGen Slurry System. It is compact and easy to use and maintain while giving us the tonnage of ice and cooling needed for our operation. We are very happy with the IceGen solution and expect to use it for years to come.
(PRWEB) November 9, 2010
Les Jardins Paul Cousineau & Fils Inc. (Cousineau), the largest broccoli producer and distributor in Canada today announced that they have just implemented a revolutionary new Ice Slurry System from IceGen Inc, in Toronto, Canada. The Company was eager to find a cooling system which would enable them to meet the needs of their large production and distribution facilities. For over 20 years, the company’s mission has been to offer customers a superior quality product at competitive prices and with the help of their new IceGen System, the company can now offer unprecedented product safety and freshness to the market.
Cousineau is a recognized leader in the very aggressive and competitive broccoli production business. Working with local retailers throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico, Cousineau has always offered only the freshest and safest products to market. The processing season is short and requires advanced equipment to rapidly process product without any compromise to quality.
“Fresh from the field” broccoli comes out of the farm warm, and there is an immediate need to chill it as soon as possible to ensure only the freshest and safest of products. Traditionally flake ice was employed, employing a double process which crushes ice and then water is added, a very expensive and labor intensive process.
Slurry Ice was always an attractive concept to Cousineau and tested previously, but until IceGen, no vendor could meet the stringent cost, volume and maintenance requirements of the company. Older products used involved a dual walled ice slurry generation technology, but was subsequently discontinued because of inconsistent performance, high maintenance costs, and excessive space utilization.
With Icegen’s Slurry Ice, the company was able to achieve:
- Product that was cooled faster – with the dramatically increased surface area contact with the broccoli, the product cooled far faster than using other types of ice, and as a result, the product was fresher and possessed higher quality and food safety.
- Even and consistent ongoing cooling - the round shape of the slurry crystal “snow” freely surrounded the entire broccoli, filling all air pockets to uniformly maintain direct contact and the desired temperature.
IceGen delivered a pumpable ice slurry solution which was then “harvested” to make “snow” to chill the broccoli, with dramatically reduced labor and operating costs. The single product solution with IceGen has the capability of producing 28 tons of ice per day at half the cost and KW of the cost of the existing iceflake solution and 1/3rd the physical size, while dramatically reducing handling costs, energy costs, and while improving product quality.
Lauren Cousineau, Operations Plant Manager of Cousineau states “We are impressed with the IceGen Slurry System. It is compact and easy to use and maintain while giving us the tonnage of ice and cooling needed for our operation . Another benefit over the traditional flake ice machines is the refrigeration efficiency which helps to reduce cost and increase product freshness and safety. We are very happy with the IceGen solution and expect to use it for years to come.”
Motti Einhorn, President and CEO of IceGen noted that "Slurry Ice has long been a great solution for the vegetable processing industry. IceGen's revolutionary Slurry Ice delivers results where competing solutions simply fall short. We are proud of the solution we have built for Cousineau and look forward to expanding its application throughout many of Cousineau’s processes. Our goal is to deliver a reliable energy efficient solution to our customers to improve product quality and reduce costs associated with broccoli handling.”
Les Jardins Paul Cousineau & Fils Inc. is the largest broccoli producer and distributor in Canada. For over 20 years, our mission has been to offer our customers a superior quality product at a competitive price. Our product is distributed in Quebec, Ontario, and the Maritimes. Furthermore, we are located very close to the American border which makes it possible for us to deliver broccoli to the East Coast, the North-East and the Center of the United States. For more information visit http://www.groupecousineau.com.
IceGen Inc. is a pioneer in the field of ice slurry production systems. Founded on over 40 years of work in Slurry Ice technologies and generators, IceGen holds numerous worldwide patents and with their Revolutionary Scrape Plate Heat Exchanger Technology, the company is winning accolades and converts worldwide. For more information please visit http://www.icegeninc.com or contact info(at)icegeninc(dot)com.
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