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Busier lifestyles are changing the way we eat, and also the technology that’s behind the preparation of more convenient foods.

In Australia alone, revenue in the prepared foods market in 2018 is expected to total around $3.6 billion, with growth of 3.7 per cent CAGR 2018-2021 being predicted by Statistica, as time poor consumers look for quicker and healthier ready-to-eat (RTE) solutions.

Growth in the RTE market has resulted in a rise in the number of processors providing a wide range of fully-cooked products in order to boost their offerings and competitive edge in the market.

To produce fully cooked meals that meet food safety standards, food operators need high quality oven technology to avoid problems with hot spots, overcooking or inconsistent cooking within each piece of product, according to the sales manager of ICP and Process Systems at equipment company Heat and Control.

Pyne says the company’s equipment has been specially designed with these requirements in mind.

Heat & Control’s Twin Spiral Oven, for instance, has been designed for high capacity cooking, to deliver uniform results with greater production output per square foot of floor space than comparable ovens for poultry, meat, bakery, and other food products.

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