BOC claims transport refrigeration breakthrough

A number of UK food distributors are trailing a new in-transit refrigeration system developed by the specialist industrial gases and engineering system business BOC.

The new system, called Frostcruise, is a more environmentally friendly, efficient and reliable cryogenic alternative to the widely used diesel-powered systems, according to the company.

Frostcruise has been developed by BOC's parent company, The Linde Group, and uses the cryogenic effect of liquid nitrogen (LIN) at a temperature of -196°C to produce rapid and evenly-distributed temperature drops, while maintaining accurate temperature throughout the truck compartment.

Cedric Hanson, BOC business development manager, said: "Frostcruise represents a major development for the food distribution industry. Its ability to consistently maintain accurate temperature control while offering significant environmental benefits at a competitive cost, comparable to standard mechanical refrigeration systems, means Frostcruise could transform refrigerated transport of chilled and frozen perishable items by road."

Frostcruise is also being used in other parts of the world. MacFood Services, a leading food processor and distributor to the quick-service restaurant industry in Malaysia, has recently taken on a fleet of 14 Frostcruise-enabled trucks to deliver their frozen products.

Viktor Sim, deputy managing director of MacFood, said: "Frostcruise has coped admirably with the demands of maintaining very cold temperatures despite multiple delivery stops required on an average day in extremely hot and humid climate conditions."

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