Expanding markets through frozen produce

Winter is certainly upon us in northwest Ohio, but a service now available will have many delighted for the cold.

The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) will host a free seminar titled, “Expanding markets through frozen produce,” Thurs., Jan. 6, 2011 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the CIFT office, 5555 Airport Hwy., Ste. 100, Toledo, Ohio.

A grower with excess product at the end of the season, an interest in expanding crop selection, or a desire to grow more produce for clients should attend.  Representatives from CIFT will discuss a process using a cryogenic freezer that allows growers to freeze produce, yet retain maximum freshness and taste.

By flash-freezing this produce, within minutes the nutrients (and other desired characteristics) are captured immediately, retaining top freshness and preventing undesirable large ice crystals from forming because the molecules do not have time to form into the standard six-sided snowflake.

Bon Appétit Management Company will be on hand to discuss their purchasing desires associated with fresh, local produce that is frozen.  Equally, learn about varieties of crops most suited to the freezing process.  This information will explore new market opportunities for growers and buyers interested in local products throughout the year.

Reservations are not required, but space is limited.  Guests can reserve a seat in advance by calling Louise Mikesell-Wireman at 419-535-6000, ext. 112, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .