Linde Group sets up food lab in AP

M Somasekhar Hyderabad | Updated on February 20, 2018

In a departure from its core business of industrial and medical gases, ₹2200-crore Linde India, part of the global German Linde Group, has set up it’s first food lab and training centre in India and South Asia, in Mangalagiri near Amaravati, the upcoming capital of Andhra Pradesh.

It is a technology demonstrator lab that showcases the latest cryogenic food-freezing and chilling solutions that can help a range of agriculture and its related businesses in Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring States, said Moloy Banerjee, MD, Linde India.

A shrimp farmer, a mango grower, a sea-food exporter or even a vegetables grower can benefit from the facilities and training which will help them meet stringent international standards of export products, the firm said.

The company has established its latest tunnel freezer, Cryoline, modified atmospheric packaging solutions, at the facility. The food lab will help customers set trials and test new freezing and chilling technologies. Additionally, a skill development centre has been launched to help train operators, food processors and farmers, Banerjee told BusinessLine over the phone after the facility was launched by Amaranatha Reddy, State Minister for Industries, on Tuesday.

A few memorandums of understanding were signed on the occasion.

“We expect to help open up new markets for exporters as well as ensure they meet stringent standards in premium markets in the US, Japan and Europe,” he said.

Published on February 20, 2018

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