Taking You Forward at IFFA 2013

Düsseldorf - GEA Food Solutions presents developments in meat processing and packaging equipment at IFFA that help meat processors go forward to higher performance. Hygienic design and application specific solutions are recurring themes in a showing that features six product premieres and many enhancements on existing machines.

GEA on two stands at IFFA

There are many ways to add value, ranging from providing flexible multi-purpose machines to delivering performance-optimized solutions that are fine-tuned for specific applications. GEA Food Solutions is showing its latest developments in preparation, marination, processing, slicing and packaging equipment at IFFA 2013. The new products and on-going developments reinforce 'Taking you Forward' as a promise to customers. The company is present on two stands, with its own 700 square meter booth in the regular place (stand D06 in Hall 8) and a complete GEA automated packaging line on the Robotic-Pack-Line stand in Hall 11.1 (stand D70).

Cutting edge slicing technology

One of the major premieres at IFFA is a new slicer that brings much of the innovative technology and hygienic design of the ultra-high capacity GEA GigaSlicer to a mid-range machine. Called the GEA DualSlicer, this new slicer features two independent grippers that enable it to slice two logs independently with little giveaway. Like its bigger brother, it is very easy to clean and takes hygiene to a new level for a slicer of this format. It is displayed on the Robotic-Pack-Line stand, in an operational line featuring a GEA Check3000 weigher, two new GEA robotic loading cells, a GEA PowerPakRT thermoformer, and a GEA PowerGuide lane converger.

The original GEA GigaSlicer is also subject to continuous development and now has an even wider (640 mm) throat to enable six 105 mm diameter logs to be sliced - making it the largest capacity machine available at present. This slicer has a prominent place on the GEA stand, and is shown in combination with a GEA OptiScan X-ray scanner for optimising portion weight on the fly.

Major steps forward in horizontal and vertical packaging

Making its first appearance on the main GEA stand is a completely new GEA PowerPak that heralds the company's entry into application-specific packaging solutions with highly optimised performance. With the GEA SmartPacker CX400 continuous operation vertical bagger also on the main stand, GEA shows its versatility in packaging solutions. The most popular configurations for supermarkets, such as Quatro seal and Doy style bags can all be filled on this machine with very little modification. This gives the user a wide choice in attractive and cost-effective flat-bottom packages that stand out on the shelves and cabinets. The same vertical bagger also fills standard pillow bags if required.

New injector premieres at IFFA

GEA Food Solutions' range of marination equipment is firmly on the leading edge of injection technology. This year's edition of IFFA will serve as the launching stage of a revolutionary new multi-purpose brine injector. The result of two years' intensive development, this machine sets new standards for accuracy and hygiene. Moreover, the new GEA Injector provides uncompromised flexibility, taking versatility for applications to the next level.

Prepared for hygiene and high efficiency

For the preparation activity, the enhanced GEA PowerGrind 280 grinder and GEA CutMaster V500 bowl cutter are on the stand. These machines are among the highest performers in their respective classes, and have been continually refined and upgraded. They are hygienic, efficient and extremely robust machines that have set standards in the industry.

The next steps in coating, forming and cooking

For coating and forming, GEA's processing activity will use IFFA to launch two totally new concepts. One is the perfect solution for coating appetizing home-style coated products, and the other is a forming machine that offers high quality products at high speed for large production runs. In addition to these exciting developments, extra attention is focused on the latest fryers and oil filtration solutions from GEA. A revolutionary way to create tasty fully cooked smoked products in-line at high capacities is also being presented for the first time.

Global Service

Minimizing unplanned downtime and maximizing yield are high priorities in the meat processing industry. GEA Food Solutions' Global Service department will be present on the IFFA stand to present the latest range of support services that enable customers to maximize their machine performance.

Further on the GEA Food Solutions IFFA stand, visitors can discuss the spiral freezer solution for the protein market with representatives from sister company GEA Refrigeration Technologies. During IFFA, GEA Food Solutions' fully equipped Technology Centers in Bakel (the Netherlands), Wallau and Kempten (both in Germany) are also available for personal demonstrations of many of the new and existing products.

For more information:

GEA Food Solutions B.V.

P.O. Box 1

5760 AA Bakel

The Netherlands

Tel. +31 492 349 349

Fax +31 492 349 416

E-mail gea-foodsolutions.info@gea.com

website: www.gea.com

GEA Food Solutions

GEA Food Solutions specializes in performance-focused solutions for the food industry, from single machines to complete production lines for the preparation, marination, processing, slicing and packaging of primarily meat, poultry, fish, seafood and cheese-based products. GEA Food Solutions supports the performance of food processors throughout the lifecycle of the equipment by helping meet operational challenges such as product variety, process flexibility, reducing the cost per kilogram and per pack, food safety and the environment. GEA Food Solutions technologies improve output and reduce operating cost for food processors.

About GEA Group

GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft is one of the largest system providers for food and energy processes with about EUR 5.7 billion revenue in 2012. As an internationally operating technology group, the company focuses on process technology and components for demanding production processes in various end markets. The group generates about 70 percent of its revenue from the long-term growing food and energy industries. The company's workforce comprised about 24,500 employees worldwide as of December 31, 2012. GEA Group is a market and technology leader in its business areas. The company is listed in the MDAX index (G1A, WKN 660200). In addition GEA Group has a sponsored level I ADR program in the USA.

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