Food processors and manufacturers transform raw materials into prepared products by performing a range of processes, including dry blending and emulsification.

Industrial mixers and blenders meet the bulk material processing requirements at a food processing plant. They enable the mixing or blending of dry, wet and viscous food ingredients into a homogeneous mixture that can be processed further into high-quality food products.

Forming equipment is used to convert meat, poultry, fish and vegetables into portions and shapes, such as patties, schnitzels, fish sticks and nuggets.

Finding suppliers of blenders, mixers and forming equipment

Just Food has listed leading suppliers of agitation systems, mixers, coaters, granulators, dryers, reactor systems, drum stirrers and heat exchangers based on its intel, insights and decades-long experience in the food processing sector.

The list includes suppliers of innovative forming equipment, food freeze dryer machines, vacuum shovel dryers and solar food dryers.

The information contained within the download document is designed for food processing plant operators and supervisors, production managers, process engineers and specialists, production associates, and senior machine operators.

The download also contains detailed information on the suppliers and their products, alongside contact details to aid purchase decisions.

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Blenders and mixers for food processing plants

The type of mixing and blending equipment used in a food processing plant depends on the physical characteristics of the end product. Choosing the right mixing and blending equipment is essential to achieve process optimisation and ensure product consistency.

Some factors to be considered when choosing mixing and blending equipment include the finishing and polishing of the equipment, such as food-safe aluminium coating, pressure capabilities and tilting options.

Common types of blenders and mixers used in food processing include:

  • Ribbon blenders
  • Paddle blenders
  • Vertical or tumble blenders
  • Vibrational blenders
  • Conical food mixers
  • Multi-shaft mixers
  • Planetary mixers
  • Magnetic mixers
  • Horizontal mixers
  • Agitators
  • Homogenisers

Types of dryers used in food processing plants

Drying processes are used in food processing to increase the shelf-life of food products by removing moisture. Some common dryers used in the food processing industry include:

  • Tray or cabinet dryer
  • Tunnel dryer
  • Spray dryer
  • Freeze dryer
  • Belt dryer
  • Vacuum dryer
  • Bin dryer
  • Solar food dryer
  • Drum dryer
  • Pneumatic dryer