Finnish wild berry firm to trial innovative dehydration technology

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Vancouver-based EnWave Corporation has signed a technology evaluation and license option agreement with Finnish company Extrx OY, to assess the potential commercial application of Enwave’s Radiant Energy Vacuum (REV) dehydration technology for use with a variety of wild arctic berry products in Finland.

Extrx produces high quality anthocyanin extract, alongside other nutraceutical products and functional foods from wild arctic berries that are hand-picked and immediately frozen to avoid any degradation. Besides extract, Extrx’s product line includes juices, fresh purees rich in fibre, dried berry products with high nutritional values and various other products.

The berry producer will now rent a 10kW REV machine (pictured below) for intensive product development at its facility in Northern Finland with the assistance of EnWave’s expert food scientists. Should commercially viable products materialise as a result, Extrx will then purchase further REV machinery to commence commercial production in 2021.

Radiant Energy Dehydration (REV™)

Radiant Energy Dehydration (REV™) [Image source]

REV is a disruptive dehydration platform active in the food and cannabis sectors, which offers a faster and cheaper alternative to freeze drying, according to the company, with better end product quality than air drying or spray drying.

EnWave currently offers two distinct commercial REV platforms: nutraREV, which is a drum-based system that dehydrates organic materials quickly and at low-cost, while maintaining high levels of nutrition, taste, texture and colour; and quantaREV which is a tray-based system used for continuous, high-volume low-temperature drying.

The expansion of its global royalty-partner network to Finland further demonstrates the significant value proposition of REV technology for food producers seeking to launch new and innovative premium ingredient and snack food applications, says EnWave. The Canadian company has developed a comprehensive intellectual property portfolio with patents granted in numerous international markets and has licensed REV technology to more than 40 companies in 18 countries worldwide.

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