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Messer - Geschäftsbericht 2008

Special: 44 years economic history
Sauerstoff sorgt bei Vitafish in Belgien für die Optimierung der Fischzucht. Foto: Vitafish
Oxygen ensures that fish farming is optimised at Vitafish in Belgium. Photo: Vitafish

Durch die Inertisierung mit Stickstoff behalten Früchte ihr volles Aroma.
Fruit keeps its full flavour thanks to inerting with nitrogen.

Pasta-Spezialitäten kommen durch Frosten, Kühlen und Schutzgasverpacken bestens beim Genießer an.
Pasta specialities go down very well with consumers thanks to freezing, chilling and inert gas packing.

Auch SPAR in Ungarn nutzt zum Transport und zur Lagerung von gekühlten und gefrorenen Lebensmitteln die innovativen Siber-Container.
The Hungarian subsidiary of SPAR also uses the innovative Siber containers for the transportation and storage of refrigerated and frozen food.

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Food and Beverage

Freshness, shelf life, attractiveness – in a nutshell, these are the functions that gases have to perform in many instances throughout the food and beverage industry. This extends from traditional refrigeration applications through to the stabilisation of drinks cans.

Belgium: cooling with Variomix®

Messer Belgium has secured a new customer – Remic in Aalter – for Variomix®. Remic is a red meat processor and uses liquid nitrogen as the preferred coolant in a meat mixer.

Belgium: dough cooling in the bakery

Lantmännen Unibake is Europe’s largest producer of frozen baked goods and the largest producer of fresh baked goods in Scandinavia. Lantmannen Unibake Mouscron has been a customer of Messer Belgium for several years, with two tunnel freezers for hardening the surface of croissants. The level of consumption to date has been in the region of 1,500,000 cubic metres of liquid nitrogen per year. However, there have always been problems with the dough temperature in the production of chocolate breakfast products. Until now these have been solved by adding CO2 pellets. After several tests and quality checks, we convinced the customer that adding CO2 via snow horns was more effective. Two vacuum-insulated horns from Dohmeyer have thus been installed on the existing dough mixers.

Belgium: commercial fish farming at Vitafish in Belgium

Vitafish operates the world’s largest closed recirculation system for tilapia breeding. Up to 3,000 tonnes of this tropical fish is produced every year. Instead of the originally planned requirement of one tonne a day, Messer Belgium will supply 15 tonnes of oxygen per day. This corresponds to an additional requirement of 2,400,000 cubic metres a year.

Germany: fruit and aromas

Messer Industriegase has won an interesting customer – Frutarom Foodservice GmbH – for the inerting of fruit and fruit aromas with nitrogen.

France: traditional beverage with CO2

The company Européene d’Embouteillage in Chateauneuf de Gadagne (near Avignon) bottles Orangina on behalf of the company of the same name. This soft drink is the company’s best-known product. Messer France has signed a supply contract for liquid carbon dioxide for carbonation.

France: frozen and ready-to-go

Fraisnor, the French pasta producer based in Feuchy (northern France), had decided to increase production of frozen pasta ready meals. Since Messer France was already supplying gases to another Fraisnor location, Messer was awarded an additional gas supply contract for 400,000 cubic metres of LIN per year as well one for setting up a long cooling tunnel.

France: successful Siber technology

Messer France was able to further strengthen the market position of its Siber technology. In cooperation with Olivo, our technology partner, another two customers were acquired in France: the firm Aldouest in Landivisiau (Brittany) as well as another ED Carrefour logistics centre in Saint Quentin Fallavier (near Lyon).

The SIBER System secures an unbroken cold chain. (Animation)

Italy: keeping in-flight meals fresh

Making sure the refrigeration chain remains unbroken is a high priority in airline catering. For flights departing from Italian airports, this job is normally entrusted to dry ice from Asco Kohlensäure AG. In a turnkey project for DMH, Italy's biggest dry ice manufacturers for catering purposes, Asco has installed a complete dry ice plant. DMH's Rome and Milan facilities each produce eight tonnes of dry ice per day for their airline catering customers. The LCO2 is supplied by Messer Italia, which gets CO2 from its natural sources in Tuscany.

Italy: Pasta & Co.

Pasta & Co is one of the leading pasta producers in the famous Italian town of Como. Messer Italia has been able to establish a whole series of new food applications here. These include freezing and chilling as well as modified atmosphere packing.

Italy: new beverage production line

The Italian drinks manufacturer La Galvanina SPA has installed a new beverage filling line and now receives gases from Messer Italia. The CO2 that is supplied is used for carbonating the drinks. Liquid nitrogen, on the other hand, is added drop by drop with an injector system, and serves to stabilise the pressure inside the thin-walled beverage cans.

Croatia: Variomix® for red meat

Messer Croatia has won a new customer – PIK Vrbovec – for red meat mixer cooling. Production started in December 2008.

Netherlands: cryogenic freezing at Koster

The Dutch-based company Koster started ice cream production with the aim of positioning itself in the high quality market segment. It is therefore very important for Koster that the ice cream is hardened very quickly after production and packaging. Messer was the ideal partner to support this new production process. Messer Netherlands supplied the necessary tunnel freezer as well as the gas.

Austria: Simply Cola – strong and natural

Red Bull has added a cola drink to its product range, thereby entering the market for caffeinated soft drinks. “Simply Cola” contains no artificial flavours. The ingredients, such as kola nut and cola leaves, are completely natural. Simply Cola is produced at the Rauch factory in Switzerland, Red Bull’s main bottler. Messer Austria supplied the tank for the filling process, with an initial annual requirement of 600 tonnes of CO2.

Poland: fruit and vegetable juices

Tymbark (Olsztynek) is a major producer of fruit and vegetable juices. The product range also includes fruit preparations, jam, mineral water and soft drinks. Messer Polska has secured a supply contract with this company for 1,000,000 cubic metres of nitrogen per annum.

Serbia: a matter of taste

By virtue of its oxygen-displacing properties, nitrogen is used in the bottling of still soft drinks to preserve flavour and prolong shelf-life. Over the past few years, Messer has put into operation over 20 liquid-nitrogen injectors to service the Serbian cooking oils and soft drinks industry. For these applications some 250 tonnes of liquid nitrogen – which incidentally is of food-grade quality – are used in Serbia annually.

Slovakia: water is good for the circulation

DOXX Mineral s.r.o., a company in Korytnica (Slovakia), now carbonates its mineral water, which is specifically aimed at boosting cardiovascular health in patients, with CO2 from Messer Tatragas. The water has a naturally high content of calcium and magnesium ions and is the first mineral water in Slovakia to be sold with a modern transparent label.

Czech Republic: beverage carbonation

Messer Technogas won another beverage customer in the shape of Veseta Litovel. In addition to an LCO2 contract for 700 tonnes per annum, the company also signed a LIN supply contract for 50,000 cubic metres a year. The nitrogen feeds a nitrodoser which is used for the pressure stabilisation of thin-walled beverage containers. Messer Technogas also won another new customer – Novy Vek in Ceska Lipa – for beverage carbonation.

Hungary: finger food with ice-cold chocolate

Ice cream – the sort you can eat with your fingers. But this finger-licking variety needs a chocolate coating. The process of solidifying the chocolate coating involves the use of nitrogen, which Messer supplies to ice cream specialists Unilever in Hungary. Unilever, one of the biggest brand-name manufacturers in the world, is already a customer of the Messer Group in various European countries.

Hungary: fresh dishes via Internet

Gastroyal is one of a number of successful producers of pre-cooked dishes in Hungary. All the dishes can be ordered, ready made, over the Internet and only need to be heated before eating. However, before delivery to the customer, the dishes cooked by Gastroyal need to be rapidly chilled and frozen in order to preserve their freshness. To facilitate this, Messer Hungarogáz has installed a cabinet freezer and is also supplying the liquid nitrogen for the chilling process.

Hungary: reference project with SPAR

In August 2008, SPAR opened its second logistics centre – one of the most modern logistics depots in Hungary – in Üllő near Budapest. SPAR has opted to use the Siber technology, developed jointly by Messer and the French company Olivo, as an innovative cryogenic system for chilling and freezing food in transport containers. The 2,400 Siber containers used at SPAR are suitable for transporting and storing both refrigerated and frozen food, with flexible cold chain maintenance of up to 48 hours. The compartments in the Siber containers are filled with dry ice in the SPAR logistics centre, thereby providing direct refrigeration without any power consumption. This collaboration between Messer and SPAR is a reference project for the whole south-east Europe region.



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