Instant soup

Instant soups were first launched some 50 years ago. Initially as an additional product line for vending machines that served tea, coffee and hot chocolate. At that time, the amount of choice was limited and recipes were simple (starch, salt, fat, colourings and flavourings). Since then, the world of instant soups has grown substantially, and is now a global market segment. One important accelerator has been the improved quality and variety of ingredients that has managed to keep up with ever-changing consumer tastes and expectations.

These improvements, combined with rising production costs, have led manufactures to scrutinise the production processes over the past 15 or so years. At Hosokawa Micron B.V., we have followed these developments closely, and produced a mixing technology perfect for the manufacture of instant soup.

Challenges in mixing instant soup ingredients

The homogeneity and solubility of instant soup in hot water is critical, as is gentle mixing of dry vegetables and croutons without damaging the ingredients. These are two processes that would normally require two mixers. The first step is the intensive bulk mixing of the basic ingredients (starch, salt and fat). The next step is adding fragile vegetables and pasta at low speed.

Hosokawa Micron’s Vitomix mid shear, ribbon screw blender, provides both functionalities in one machine, thereby reducing cleaning time, intermediate storage and logistics as well as improving quality of the end product. After all, that’s what it is all about: helping our customers improve their products.

Vitomix: the smart solution

The Hosokawa Vitomix mid shear mixer is a proven solution for mixing food and food additives into a uniform and perfectly homogeneous base product, maintaining taste, and without damaging fragile ingredients. Intensive mixing is done at high speed, followed by a second, low-speed phase.

The mixer is equipped with a large ISEM ball segment valve (up to DN400) for complete discharge and can be fitted with a large water-cut, hinged door for easy cleaning and inspection as well as CIP cleaning facilities if required.

Test and Development Centre

The introduction of new designs or changes to mixer lines or mixer types have an immediate effect on the overall design of a production line, including product flow, feed and discharge, the availability of staff and the physical space in the production facilities. This is why we recommend involving us from the very start. We can help you find the smartest, most cost-effective concept and best investment for the long term.

Hosokawa Micron B.V. offers extensive test and development facilities to determine the most efficient process, system or plant prior to final design. Trials can range from laboratory-level to production-scale testing. A team of skilled and experienced process engineers are available to help determine the most efficient process, system or plant prior to final design.

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Hosokawa Micron B.V. is a global industrial process machinery supplier which provides mixing, drying and agglomeration equipment and complete systems for the powder and bulk processing industry.