European seafood companies will have the chance to see the new AFOS mini defroster which is proving a major success amongst  restaurants, retailers and seafood companies in North America at the European Seafood Expo in Brussels (23-25 April 2013).
AFOS has developed the defroster to meet demand from customers for a compact machine that will provide a rapid and consistent defrosting solution.
The mini defroster is just one cubic metre in size with a capacity of up to 25 kg – for use with trays or baskets – but is fitted with all the Siemens technology and precision of the larger range of AFOS defrosters.
The new unit has been developed following demand from major retailers in North America and Europe.
Wholefoods, a major North American retailer, which uses AFOS mini kilns has been trialling the mini defroster for defrosting prawns and scallops in store.
In addition, Banzai-Sushi is also using the AFOS AT250 and T500 defrosters in its North American operations and has requested the mini defroster for its retail operations.
AFOS Managing Director Mike Sutton said: “The new unit has been developed following requests from major retailers in the USA and Europe for a compact but rapid defrosting solution which still maintains all the attributes of our larger machines.
“It is also attracting interest from food manufacturers requiring a facility for small batch defrosting for use in new product development kitchens or short production runs.”
AFOS have also developed a micro kiln to meet demand from smaller producers and for large producers to use for product development.
Developed in conjunction with the UK Seafood Institute, Irish Seafood Board and major smoked salmon producers, the micro kiln has a 12.5kg capacity.
It was recently previewed by 50 delegates in Ireland at an Irish Seafood Board seminar where it was extremely well received.
In addition, it was presented to 30 delegates at a seafood seminar in November including representatives from HM Prisons. HMP Haverigg is an existing user of AFOS kilns and were featured on a recent edition of the Hairy Bikers programme on BBC TV.
The micro kiln will be available from March.
AFOS continues to offer trials of its well proven T500 defroster so that food processors can gain first hand experience of its benefits both in adhering to hygiene standards, traceability and improving profitability.
AFOS defrosters have been on trial in the USA, Australia, Europe and the UK and this has generated significant new business and market opportunities
The T500 defroster comes with a Siemens HMI touch screen and control panel. The AFOS range of defrosters are currently defrosting all species of fish, shellfish, meat, poultry and vegetables.
AFOS defrosters deliver precise defrosting, increase yields, provide traceability and increase shelf-life of products. They are approved by all major retailers.
AFOS Managing Director Mike Sutton said: “Food standards agencies and major retailers are tightening their policies on traditional methods of defrosting in tempering rooms or water baths.
“Our range of defrosters can solve this problem by providing an approved solution that will not only provide retailers with the assurances they require but also improve shelf life, yield and product quality.
“We can supply machines with capacities up to 13,500kg but the T500 is a good machine to demonstrate the benefits and advantages of having a controlled defrosting system that can be built into the production line.
“The machines are available on request and will be installed by one of our engineers who will provide full support and consultancy.”
Companies interested in these offers can speak to AFOS at the Seafood Exposition on Stand 4-6313. Alternatively contact AFOS on 01482 372100 or email info@afosgroup.com. Further information on AFOS defrosters and smoking kilns can be found at www.afosgroup.com