Dippin’ Dots, a Paducah, Ky.-based manufacturer of flash-frozen beaded ice cream, said it launched Dippin' Dots Cryogenics LLC. Leveraging Dippin’ Dots’ 30 years of experience and its intellectual property in cryogenic processes and machinery, Dippin' Dots Cryogenics will make the patented technology and equipment available to other cutting-edge industries in which cryogenics is applicable, including nutraceutical, pharmacy, agriculture, aquaculture and animal feed.

Working with Dippin' Dots' exclusive equipment manufacturer, the Dippin' Dots cryogenic team is able to customize machines based on individual company needs. Sizes run from small-scale pilot-plant size to high-capacity production of 2,000 kilograms per hour, the company said. Specifications such as control systems and steam cleaning will be tailored to each client. Manufactured in the United States, the equipment maximizes efficiency and touts a clean-in-place process, Dippin’ Dots said.

"The small footprint and exceptional volume capacity is what makes the Dippin' Dots Cryogenics processor stand out," said Stan Jones, Dippin' Dots’ chief development officer. "We understand its capabilities beyond what we foundationally use it for and look forward to sharing our innovations with other industries."

Dippin' Dots Cryogenics’ process uses liquid nitrogen to flash freeze products that require high quality standards. More specifically, the process is suitable as a first step for any products that need to be freeze dried. Industries that create probiotics, bacterial cultures and plant extractions are key examples. The small pellets provide the ideal surface area for freeze drying while maintaining the integrity of the media culture, Dippin’ Dots explained.

"This is the next logical step for us as an organization,” said Scott Fischer, CEO of Dippin' Dots. “Dippin' Dots Cryogenics not only increases the Dippin' Dots portfolio and global footprint, but also allows our systems to be utilized across various industries to improve and enhance products. We're proud to officially extend our extensive cryogenic knowledge and experience to benefit other organizations."