Small batch equipment

Small Batch Equipment

Embarking on larger food processing projects can be daunting but starting small with food processing equipment can lay a solid foundation for future success. By investing in smaller-scale equipment initially, you gain valuable experience, refine your processes, and minimize risks before scaling up.


Below is a selection of equipment from some of our manufacturers for the smaller production process. From NPD and test kitchens through to full processing requirements for smaller batches.


Continuous Vacuum Filler – Omet F7


Small batch equipment


OMET F7 Continuous Vacuum Filler

The continuous vacuum filler model F7 is the ideal compact machine for the small businesses. This vacuum filler has options for a portioner, twist linker and a hydraulic loader (90 or 120 litres) for the production of sausages, burgers, meatball and many other food products.

• Strong construction completely in stainless steel
• Smooth surfaces and absence of corners for fast and effective cleaning
• The high manufacturing precision of mechanical parts of the pump set (with 8 or 12 vanes) in high resistance steel guarantees a delicate treatment of the product and long lasting use
• A standard asynchronous motor controlled by an inverter and an extremely simple control panel programmable with touch screen control, make this continuous vacuum fillers machine, simple to use, reliable and easy to maintain
• The joined effect of the 20 m³ vacuum pump and the auger with the counter-auger in the hopper assures compact and air-free products even with hard and low temperature raw materials
• Option to install (& after purchase) a hydraulic loader for 90, 120L. Hopper size of 90 & 160 litres available


Frozen Block Reducer – Magurit Fromat 042 Eco


Small food batch equipment


Magurit Fromat 042 Eco 

The Magurit Fromat 042 Eco is a frozen block reducer and is ideal for the cutting of frozen meat blocks into slices, or when fitted with a cross-knife head, into smaller sized pieces; perfect for further downstream processing equipment. Various different machines cater for production rates up to 800Kgs, cutting at temperatures as low as -25 degrees centigrade. Magurit models are stainless steel constructed and because of the very robust build, these machines will give many years of service.

The Fromat is gravity fed via slope, on which the blocks slide down to the cutting area. All machines have a strong hydraulic drive for operation of the knife head. The Fromat is the perfect machine for pre-cutting of blocks for further processing in bowl choppers and grinders. This type is suitable for all standard block shapes and sizes. The Fromat can cut meat at very low temperatures. The final cut pieces are typically used in raw sausage production. With different knife heads the desired cutting result will be obtained. The extremely sturdy machines work with high efficiency in butcher shops and industrial plants. Handling and cleaning are easy.

Magurit Fromat 042 Eco, frozen meat cutter with manual lift, cutting dimensions up to 480mm x 250mm x 750mm, processing temperature -25°C


                                                   Click on the image below to link to a video of the Fromat 042 in action


Injector – Gunther PI 265-17


Small food batch equipment


Gunther PI265-17 Injector 

With the pickling injectors from Günther you have the perfect tool to refine your products – be it with spices, additives or special features that only you know. Bring shelf life and taste to your products while working with a well thought-out, long-lasting machine with the highest standards thanks to over 40 years of experience in the food industry.

The Gunther PI 265-17 is an automatic pickle injector has been designed for the small to medium sized producer wishing to process both bone-in and boneless product and contains the following:


• Taste improvement through injected aromas and flavour carriers
• Better colouring and action due to injected salts
• Even redness and durability
• Better product consistency
• Juicier consistency of the end product
• Higher yield and increase in profit


• Stainless steel centrifugal pump – additional pumps for higher viscosities on request
• Pre-filter system to protect against clogged needles
• Special conveyor belts with food approval
• Stitch pattern changes for mechanical adjustment possible
• Each needle mechanically spring-loaded to protect against damage
• Complete separation of the brine circuit from electrical and mechanical components to minimize heat input to the brine



Lab Cheese Cooker – Blentech Cheeztherm


Small food batch equipment


Blentech Lab Cheeztherm

Blentech’s laboratory cheese cooker – The Lab Cheeztherm is the efficient way to cook processed or analog cheese on a small, experimental scale. This system utilises twin horizontal agitation technology that has proven to produce high-quality finished products using a variety of processed and analog cheese formulations.  The laboratory scale CheeseTherm is ideal for bench-top product formulation development allowing preparation of products on a small but scalable system. The cook chamber and agitator geometry is proportioned to deliver excellent mixing properties and even distribution of heat.

The counter-rotating twin solid screw agitator design gently blends the cheese while it imparts a controlled shearing action – improving quality. The “double action” of the two adjacent agitators moves the cheese in opposite directions continuously stretching the cheese. This stretching action is especially beneficial in developing the fibrous texture of mozzarella cheese.

The blending action and variable RPM of the counter-rotating twin agitators quickly “fuse” the steam and cheese particles together while kneading the moisture into the dry ingredients allowing them to hydrate properly.


Small food batch equipment


• Dual Agitator
• Safety Features
• Automation
• Variable Speed
• Temperature Control
• Direct Steam Injection


If you would like further details or would like to discuss a project then please get in touch by calling us on 01580 764321.


Kind regards


The Paragon Processing Solutions team

Cooking, mixing and vacuum cooling

Cooking, Mixing and Vacuum Cooling


Blentech in the UK and Ireland

Blentech’s cookers, mixers and process equipment have earned a global reputation for quality and performance. However, until recently, because of the limited size of their rental fleet, only a select few have been able to test the equipment. The Innovation center changes that. Visit them at their new processing facility, located in the heart of California’s wine country in the state of the art hygienic food processing facility to see a demo and tour a facility using Blentech equipment.

If you are unable to travel then live streaming and filming of the trial is also possible.

They offer the following standard demonstrations at no cost to you. Applications range from Rice to Pie Filling. For some projects a general demonstration just isn’t enough as you may need to prove your process with your ingredients or replicate your recipe so custom demos are also available at a charge.

Located in California Wine Country at their Global Corporate Headquarters, the Blentech Innovation Center provides demonstrations, training, testing and research services.


Blentech innovation centre



 Cooking, mixing and vacuum cooling

Market leading innovation from Blentech




Horizontal cookers

Turn your cooking process on its side and feed your customers appetite for soups, sauces and more with this dynamic patented technology. Improve efficiency and product quality with the versatility and expert design of a BlenTherm.

BlenTherm’s unique proprietary agitation system, promotes balance conveyance with maximum particulate suspension and minimum shear damage. Using our various high shear options the system can be used for sauces, purees, baby foods and other emulsified food products.





large batch rice cooker

Ideally suited for the full-absorption batch production of rice, staged rice dishes, pasta, and specialty grains. There is no waste of utilities, thus making this process conservative from an energy standpoint.

The Blentech SteamTherm single agitator cooker is ideally suited to be part of your ready meal cooking system.  The SteamTherm design takes advantage of it’s small footprint by providing multiple operations in a single unit. Our customers value the benefits of minimal yield loss, highly efficient heat transfer that reduces cooking times and reliable product consistency. All water added for rice cooking is fully absorbed into the product allowing this process to have zero waste of utilities.





Authentic chef like stir-frying with precise temperature control comes to reality with the Blentech VersaWok. Engineered to stir fry a variety of products ranging from meats, poultry, nuts, vegetables and prepared foods with complex ingredient recipes all without burn-on while reducing clean times. You can develop consistent flavor and color with tight control over your temperature. Whether you choose thermal oil or high pressure steam, VersaWok is designed to maintain high heat transfer rates for achieving mallard and caramelization reactions for your products. 




Cheese cooker


Pull and stretch your formulation to its greatest potential. Blentech’s Cheese Cooker keeps production flowing for a variety of cheese applications.

Blentech finds ways to support companies all over the world with innovative solutions. The CheezTherm is our offering for simple, day-to-day cheese processing. We understand the requirements for optimal production. Using our experience, we determined the needs of our customers and provide complete automation and technology for premium quality foods. Making processed and analog cheeses has never been so easy and seamless.

Paragon Processing Solutions are agents for Blentech in the UK and Ireland so get in touch to discuss your processing requirements by replying to this email or calling us today on 01580 764321.


View our Blentech range in full here

Blentech celebrates 30 years

Blentech Celebrates 30 years


Blentech Corporation has been designing equipment for 30 years that is of unparalleled quality and maintains its functional value for decades while delivering product consistency and driving down operating costs.

Listen to Blentech founder, Darrell Horn, talk about the past 30 years of innovation at Blentech and his team discuss the exciting things to come.

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Blentech’s Bright Future


Blentech is to open its new pilot plant located at their headquarters in Santa Rosa, California later this year.  The state-of-the-art test centre will feature a fixed fleet of demonstration equipment on which customers can run their exploratory product on sample equipment before committing to buy.


Blentech Goes Green

They recently introduced a solar panel energy conservation programme, they are currently installing 580 LG electric solar cell panels with a 150,800 kW capacity. Their goal is to produce up to 222,279 kWh annually to supply both their manufacturing space and offices with all the electricity required for normal operations. This state of the art technology allows them to harvest energy from the bright Northern California sun.

Seven out of every ten days is sunny in Santa Rosa!

Lowering their energy consumption and costs will make their operations more effective and this will translate to savings for future Blentech customers here in the UK

More news here


After Foodex 2014

Paragon Processing Solution’s stand at the Foodex 2014 show in Birmingham was well attended, we certainly saw our fair share of visitors. It was good to see both new and familiar faces and we look forward to meeting up with you again in the future.

We were well supported by representatives from Magurit, Gunther and Blentech and visitors were able to take the opportunity to chat with them about their relevant processing needs and we were certainly encouraged by the response we had which indicates that the UK food manufacturing industry is continuing to grow.

We look forward to Foodex 2016- See you there!

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Horizontal Cookers

Why buy Horizontal Cookers when similar sized Kettles are cheaper?

Horizontal cookers have a number of important benefits over hemispherical kettles:

  • Larger surface area ( nearly 30% more for 500L) resulting in quicker heat up times
  • Better mixing capabilities giving more evenly cooked product
  • Slower agitator speeds minimising damage to  particulates visibly improving product quality
  • efficient scraper system reducing product burn on

Paragon will be exhibiting a single shafted Blentech Horizontal Cookers at the Foodex event this month.

Come and see the Blentech Blentherm on our stand L353 in Hall 20 at Foodex and discuss your processing needs directly with the manufacturer.

This machine is ideal for cooking:

  • Soups
  • Sauces
  • Fruit Pie Fillings
  • Onions

The Blentech range also includes both batch and continuous machines for:

Asian sticky rice – pilau rice – meat pie filling  lasagna – analog cheese – mozarella – pasta  hummus – bacon bits and many many more…


Blentech gets published!

Blentech is published in “Thermal Processing of Ready-to-Eat Meat Products

By: Darrell Horn and Daniel Voit”

“In order to understand the root cause of cooking problems, a discussion of the factors affecting heat transfer is necessary. There are several processing factors that will influence the transfer of heat into cooked product ”

Blentech Corporation was founded in 1986 by former Olympian Darrell Horn to serve the equipment needs of the food processing industry.  Starting with the invention of the automatic grape harvester that revolutionized the agricultural methods of the wine industry, This was Darrell’s next chapter in a lifetime of food processing innovation serving to improve industrial methods every step of the way.

Their  initial product line included batch blenders and product transfer equipment. The company has since grown to become a leading manufacturer of custom food processing equipment with core competencies in blending, massaging and marinating and thermal processing technologies.

For more information go to our Blentech news section or visit the Blentech website