EPT™ (Extrusion Porosification Technology) is a new drying technology and breakthrough innovation developed and patented by Clextral.
This process makes it possible to produce new-generation porous powders with improved functional properties (rehydration, flowability, etc.). The applications are extremely varied, and can range from powdered milk to instant coffee, with a wide variety of food ingredients. EPT™ is used to dry very viscous products and generates 20-40% energy savings compared to conventional spray drying.
In 2015, Clextral signed a partnership agreement with food industry companies LIS (Lesaffre Ingrédients Services), Diana Pet Food and Triballat-Noyal on setting up an EPT™ pilot in Europe. Research & Development line has been based in Western France (Cérences) at an LIS site, and was inaugurated on June 27th, 2016.
Starting in 2016, this pre-industrialization pilot line will also be available to other food manufacturers who will be able to perform new product development tests and improve dehydration processes using EPT™ technology.