High speed continuous retorting of plastic laminate pouches, pots and trays
Formed in early 2008 by a highly qualified team of UK food process engineers with
over 30 years’ experience in the batch retorting of plastic laminate pouches and
trays, CRL’s goal was to develop a continuous retort system that would allow these
relatively delicate packaging systems to be sterilised or pasteurised at high speed
and low unit cost with minimal use of energy and cooling water. This goal has now
been achieved and CRL’s first retort systems, protected by several International
patents, are now being produced in UK for sale in Europe and North America.
Applications in canning and glass jar products
Compared to automated batch retort systems (ABRS) the CRL systems can offer energy
savings of 60% and the total elimination of external cooling water. Faced with these
significant cost savings CRL’s first customers have requested CRL retort lines for
their canning and glass jar lines as well as for their plastic packaging products,
where the higher volumes generate greater savings.