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Murray Hill & New Providence, N.J., U.S., February 27, 2013 Ideal for freezing or crusting raw or marinated meat and poultry products from chicken and fish fillets to beef patties, a patented nitrogen impingement freezer from Linde reduces dehydration and marinade losses by two or three times versus conventional cryogenic freezers to maximize product weight and increase yield.

The proprietary design gives the Linde impingement freezer the highest freezing capacity per square foot of floor space in the industry, typically 60 percent less than cryogenic tunnel freezers. The impingement freezer was one of a range of technology solutions featured by Linde North America at International Production and Processing Expo 2013 (IPPE 2013) in Atlanta, Ga.

Cryogenic gas impingement technology was originally developed for hamburger patties, but is now finding a niche in marinated poultry, says Mark DiMaggio, head of food & beverage, Linde North America. “It is still relatively new for poultry and prepared foods processing, but more processors are giving it a harder look now because of the impact on production efficiencies. Reducing dehydration losses maximizes product weight and that goes right to the bottom line. In addition, moisture retention helps lock in the flavor that keeps customers coming back for more, especially for marinated products.”

The hygienically-designed freezer is easy-to-clean and also ideal for prepared foods such as pizza and pizza toppings, garlic breads and other savory bakery products.

With the Linde impingement freezer, liquid nitrogen is injected from multiple directions to freeze products more evenly, beginning with an instant crust freeze. The new design replaces the uneven heat transfer rate of conventional freezing equipment with continuous, consistent, even freezing across and along the belt and from both the top and bottom surfaces.

The Linde Food Team performs in-plant assessments to identify current cost-to-freeze and works with processors to develop optimal process solutions. For more information, visit: www.lindefood.com, or call: 800-755-9277.

About Linde in North America

Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 62,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2011 financial year, Linde generated revenue of EUR 13.787 bn (USD 18.1 bn). The strategy of the Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The Group is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

For more information, visit Linde North America online at http://www.lindeus.com.

Contact:

Amy Ficon

Linde Corporate Communications

Phone 908-771-1491, Fax 908-771-1460

Amy.Ficon@linde.com