Innovative powder and oil application technologies developed by UK-based Spice Application Systems (SAS) are leading the way in helping food companies deliver new snack flavors to market.

SAS has been working closely with food processors in Scandinavia and the Middle East as they produce new ranges of energy snacks and vegetable-based snacks.

Both companies are using the electrostatic systems to ensure they maximize flavor and taste and minimize powder drop-off and wastage.

Peter King, founder of Spice Application Systems, said: “More and more food processors like these are now realizing the benefits of electrostatics, which can transform the application of liquids and powders to many different types of snacks and other foodstuffs.

“Working with both companies, we carried out a series of trials and once these were successful, we supplied our complete electrostatic systems, including in-feed trays, screw feeders, drums and our unique electrostatic oil spray heads.

“The feedback from both customers has been excellent and we’re delighted to have played an integral part in helping them get their new products to market.”

In Scandinavia, consumers are now enjoying new-style energy-boosting snacks pumped full of flavor; while in the Middle East, the customer wanted to strengthen the natural flavors of its new mushroom vegetable snacks by adding extra mushroom powders.

SAS’s electrostatic equipment atomizes the oils and powders as they are sprayed onto the snack product, creating an electrostatic charge which then ensures an all-over coating, guaranteeing a minimum 98% coverage. A control panel measures exact quantities of flavoring and helps to ensure consistency. The system promises to dramatically reduce powder wastage, helping to keep costs down, and it also means any powder residue in the air is minimal, leading to both cleaner equipment and a more pleasurable working environment.

A recognized leader in the development of electrostatics for the food sector, SAS has a portfolio of different spray technologies for different products.

All SAS’s spray heads can be retrofitted onto existing production lines or provided on new equipment.

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