NXTDRIED | Beyond Freeze Dried

NXTDRIED envisioned developing sustainable food ingredients that could maintain exceptional flavour, colour, and texture.

Consumers are demanding health foods and snacks with high nutritional values and exceptional flavours, colours, and textures. The freeze-dried market is the “gold standard” for food ingredients and is expected to reach $80 billion by 2025. NXTDRIED is convinced of the strong appetite for clean labels, premium ingredients, and ready-to-eat snack products. NXTDRIED’s vision is to meet the core freeze-dried market needs while offering healthier, more sustainably sourced products.

Location was also a critical factor. NXTDRIED’s parent company, Fresh Business, has been working in Peru, supporting innovation in the agri-food industry. Peru is one of the ten most biodiverse countries in the world, so NXTDRIED had access to a variety of high quality organic crops.

 

The Challenge to Create the Next Generation of Superfoods

Working with fresh, organic products can be challenging. Raw materials are not homogeneous, which makes industrial processing difficult. It was tricky for NXTDRIED to find technology that met their distinct needs.

After evaluating other dehydration technologies, including freeze drying, NXTDRIED discovered the innovative capabilities of EnWave’s REV technology.

COMPANY:

NXTDRIED

USING REV SINCE:

2018

PRODUCT:

NXTbites fruit snacks, Fractions & Flakes, Powders and The Ultimate Superfoods

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

100% natural and clean label, highest nutrient preservation, total traceability, sourcing from fair trade suppliers, microbiologically stable and minimum carbon footprint

EnWave was the solution to bring their vision to life.

NXTDRIED knew EnWave’s REV technology could deliver total traceability using fresh products, and produce lower carbon emissions while meeting the demands of the freeze-dried industry. EnWave also made it possible for NXTDRIED’s REV drying facility to be located in Peru. This processing facility is now one of the most advanced processing facilities in Latin America, with highly trained technical teams in the NXTDRIED Lab.

 

Key Advantages of REV Drying vs. Freeze Drying

EnWave’s REV technology has given NXTDRIED flexible processing protocols to achieve consistent results for standard fruits and vegetables. This feature is extremely advantageous to the food ingredients industry as the ability of tailoring protocols for specific effects can impact the flavours and textures of certain products while preserving the crucial bioactive compounds of tropical fruits.

Simplifying the Process

NXTDRIED has been working with REV technology for nearly four years, starting with an initial development phase using the 10kW batch model and then investing in their first continuous REV machine. NXTDRIED continues to innovate in Peru with new product development on local fruits, vegetables, and superfoods. In addition, NXTDRIED’s parent company Fresh Business in Spain, which has experience in food innovation, has now commissioned their own REV R&D center to support European clients.

EnWave: What has your experience with EnWave meant for your business?

NXTDRIED: “EnWave’s technology has allowed us to reach our goal. EnWave has also given our product positioning in the most sophisticated markets in the world, such as the USA, Asia, and Europe, with a unique and premium product platform across snacking, ingredients, and superfoods.”

Focusing on Premium Quality

NXTDRIED’s growing list of clients, distributors and brand partners share a passion for high-performance, organic and conventional snack products, food and beverage ingredients, and superfoods, which can compete effectively alongside freeze-dried products.

Step-by-step, NXTDRIED and EnWave aim for REV technology to become widely recognized by consumers and the food industry as being beyond freeze-dried in terms of product quality, nutritional performance, and sustainability.

 

The Results Speak for Themselves

NXTDRIED supplies snacks and ingredients with the most intense flavours and colours available. They are also proud to say that their superfood range has the highest nutritional retention.

For example, the NXTDRIED CamuCamu powder is fresh CamuCamu (without the seeds) and then gently REV dried. They have achieved up to 25% vitamin C in the dried CamuCamu powder, a world record vitamin C level for a dried product.

Superfood Range

 

Commitment to Sustainability 

NXTDRIED carries out positive environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives.

NXTDRIED has BRC and organic certifications, which ensure the company upholds the highest standards of sustainable practices.

Through REV drying, NXTDRIED products use less energy than freeze-drying processes. The team at NXTDRIED is consistently improving their farming communities by providing fair prices, financial assistance, and technical support.

This infographic depicts how NXTDRIED practices sustainability in all aspects of its operations. Ultimately, these factors contribute to keeping the products Clean Label and offering complete traceability from farm to packet. 

Positioned for the Future

NXTDRIED is excited to keep growing and take its products beyond freeze dried.

Consumers are increasingly looking for healthier options and functional, nutrition-related products. With the continued growth of the $80 billion freeze dried ingredients and snack market, NXTDRIED is positioned to compete effectively in this market and reach new markets.

Thanks to the combination of Peruvian biodiversity and REV technology, NXTDRIED has achieved unparalleled, world-class products.

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