OctoFrost Group purchases Innotec Systems, strengthening grip on IQF processing tech market

Malmö, Sweden-based OctoFrost Group, a manufacturer of individual quick freezing (IQF) freezer tunnels, has purchased Innotec Systems BV, a maker of customized industrial food processing machinery.

The acquisition is intended to make OctoFrost is a key player in supplying complete IQF processing lines, the company in its press release announcing the deal. Terms of the deal were not announced, but OctoFrost said in its announcement that it had taken 100 percent control of Innotec.

“We can now optimize the entire line for the best final result, highest yield, [and] lowest energy consumption, bringing the highest value to our customers. Our after-sales activities also benefit from the scale up in the organization and we can be closer to our customers,” OctoFrost CEO Rasmus Larsson said.

Innotec Systems, based in Werkendam, in the Netherlands, has expertise in building machines and lines specializing in thermal processes including blanching, cooking and chilling. OctoFrost and Innotec previously collaborated on the construction and installation of processing lines for seafood and other food products around the world, OctoFrost said in its release.

“Taking over Innotec was our natural response to the needs of the market. This brings a number of advantages for food processors and the most significant one is that from now on there will be no further discussions whom has all the responsibility for the good operation of the complete line – it is us!” OctoFrost Founder Ruben Larsson said.