Blog posts of '2011' 'February'

Meat Trades Journal Article on Cool Meat Project

A European funded project to develop a new way of cooling meat is looking for input from the industry.

The cool meat project is developing a meat cooling system based on the technique known as immersion vacuum cooling (IVC).  The 2 year €1.2 million project is being funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and has the backing of 5 companies, ranging from cooked meat producers to equipment manufacturers, from across Europe.  The scheme is also using existing IVC research conducted by University College Dublin.

The aim of the Coolmeat project is to develop a technologically advanced, cheaper and greener way of rapidly cooling cooked meats that will meet the needs of thousands of cold meat producers in Europe.  Combining rapid processing times with lower mass losses will enable producers to obtain an overall high quality product in terms of safety, sensory and physical characteristics.

The project’s leaders have launched a questionnaire – at – to try to ascertain the sector’s cooling needs.

Lee Gapper of the Food machinery Company, one of the groups engaged in the Coolmeat project, said; “We need as many cooked meat producers as possible to answer our online questionnaire, so that we are sure we are designing the most suitable and versatile unit possible.  All responses will be treated confidentially and will be used solely for this project”


Bear Mixers Newsletter

New generation “AR” mixers: The VL-1 series
From 1st March 2011, all our AR30, AR40 and AR60
mixers will be delivered in a new version, which is based
on the well known and reliable design that BEAR Varimixer
is famous for. We are adding features that will meet the
customers increasing demand for quality and intelligent design.

The new standards are:
• Choice of black or white frame – for unique and
stylish appearance
• Smooth surface VL-1 panels with rubber sealing for
improved hygiene – and looks!
• Digital timer displaying minutes and seconds for
precise mixing
• VL-1 version features soft bowl lowering (gas damper)
for improved ergonomics
• VL-1S version can lower the bowl automatically when
the timer hits zero
• Stainless steel flat beater in the A-equipment for easy
dishwasher cleaning
New stylish AR-brochure and digital photos are available. Please send your inquiries for these to

Why black?
Well, if you look at a white AR-mixer, you will find black feet, black knees,
black knobs and handles. By painting the rest of the body black, you get a
more sleek and uniform looking machine, which gives an elegant contrast
to the stainless steel features.
Instead of only focusing on the good functions of the mixer, you can now
also appeal to the customer’s sense for style and appearance.