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Mixing instant soup

In today's fast-moving world, people demand hot drinks and food that are quick and easy to prepare. Instant soups that could be prepared at home were one of the first instant inventions. Initially, 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.

Today, instant soups have healthy looking ingredients such as freeze-dried vegetables, croutons, vermicelli and large mushrooms. These ingredients need to be visible and recognisable by the consumer, whilst producers also put valuable time and money into other requirements such as good flow properties (for effective processing in the factory) rapid, dust-free and lump-free solubility, and of course taste!

These improvements, combined with rising production costs, have led manufactures to scrutinise the production processes over the past decades. At Hosokawa Micron, 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.

Gentle blending of instant soup ingredients

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.

Try before you buy

At Hosokawa Micron B.V. we have our own testing and process development centre in Doetinchem, the Netherlands. It offers unique possibilities for testing your product to determine the most efficient process, system or plant prior to final design. We can provide laboratory-level as well as production-sized trials.

Whether you wish to test a single machine or a complete powder processing system, the same skilled and experienced staff are here to help ensure that your requirements are met, and that you are entirely satisfied with the results.

From pilot plant to production scale

We offer process equipment and technologies from individual units to large scale bespoke system solutions. Our principle is to deliver high performance yet affordable solutions that meet our customers' demands and long term challenges.

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Hosokawa Micron B.V. is a process machinery supplier, providing mixing, drying and agglomeration equipment and systems for the powder and bulk processing industry.