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SOYMILK SYSTEMS FIT SMALL BUDGET
June 1, 2006 – Customers who aspire to produce the best tasting and highly nutritious products without heavy investment in equipment can now do so as a company in Bolivia is doing. This company has bought a VS1000BB system for less than half the price of a standard VS1000 system. VS1000BB has all the key technology features of the standard VS1000 system but soaking and moving the soybeans to the machine are manual as are the controls, and there is no okara rewash and soymilk chilling. Nevertheless, the product quality is identical to that from the standard system. This system is especially economical if one already has a packaging line or wishes to use a co-packer to formulate and package the soymilk. All ProSoya systems are designed in such a way that they can easily be maintained at low cost using local resources without bringing expensive parts and maintenance people from overseas. Even installation and commissioning are very simple as most of the system is pre-assembled on a skid. In addition, ProSoya can provide complete know-how and formulations for soy beverages, yogurts, desserts, etc., as well as on-going technology and product development support.
TO TOFU CURD CONTINUOUSLY
January 3, 2006 – Realizing that making tofu remains to be a complex, manpower intensive operation, ProSoya has started to offer systems that integrate soymilk and tofu curding in a continuous operation. These systems make soymilk and tofu curd continuously from soaked soybeans with minimum labor input. All one needs to do is to direct the hose delivering the curd to the tofu forming boxes and press, and the tofu blocks are ready to cut and pack. For value added products, one need not form and press the curd. These Canadian fabricated continuous soymilk and patented curd making systems are made to 3A sanitary standards. The VCT2000, that can process up to 300 kg of dry soybeans per hour (600 to 750 kg tofu per hour depending on the firmness), is only US$299,900 including 3 soaking tanks and CIP. We can custom design and fabricate larger or smaller systems to suit your requirements. The curd can also be spray dried to make tofu powder.
DISTRIBUTING STAETA SOYMILK IN INDIA
December 7, 2004 – Upon studying the potential of nutritional beverages, Heinz (India), a subsidiary of Heinz in the USA, has joined hands with ProSoya (India), to take over the distribution of Staeta brand of ProSoya’s soymilk beverages in the Eastern and Western India. ProSoya will continue to distribute the product in the Northern and Southern India. The partnership will allow the soymilk to reach smaller cities where distribution was not economical for ProSoya with a single category of product in its basket. ProSoya has the capacity to manufacture up to 20 million litres of soymilk annually in India at this time where it utilizing less that 5% of capacity. Recently, it also started manufacturing soymilk powder. The companies are counting of fast growth of the category as consumers concerns about their well being increases with increasing disposable income. ProSoya manufactures soymilk in 5 varieties. These are sold in 200 ml and 1 L long shelf life Tetra Paks. Heinz (India) manufactures glucose powders, infant feeding products, ketchup, medicated powders, milk-based beverages with well know brand names Complan, Farex, Glucon-D, Heinz.
MCCADAM CHEESE PLANT BECOMES SOYMILK FACILITY
May 3, 2004 – Times are changing. Soymilk will be produced at the former McCadam cheese plant at Heuvelton, NY. ProSoya Corporation (USA) has purchased the 41,000 sq.ft. building and has ordered a large capacity soymilk system to start producing soymilk extract for the industrial users by the fall this year. The building has over 20,000 sq.ft of refrigerated storage for warehousing extended shelf life chilled beverages. With room to grow, the company has an eye on meeting the rapidly increasing demand for nutritional beverages by supplying extract, powder, and turn-key solution to the marketing-strong aspirants of soymilk beverages and other products.
PROSOYA (INDIA) LAUNCHES LOW-CARB SOYMILK
January 14, 2004 – Staeta brand of soymilk beverages were launched in selected cities of India by an associated company of ProSoya. The product is offered in five popular varieties – Natural, Original, Malt, Chocolate and Kesra-Pista in Tetra Pak shelf stable packaging. Except Natural all are fortified with vitamins and minerals. They can be consumed either chilled or hot. Marked retail price for 200 ml slim-line packs is Rs.12 inclusive of all taxes. 1 L packs with re-closable plastic caps are planned to be launched in the near future.
2000 L/H SOYMILK PLANT COMMISSIONED IN INDIA
August 29, 2003 – ProSoya Foods (India) Pvt. Ltd. has installed and commissioned a VS2000 system at Mandideep near Bhopal to manufacture Staeta brand of soymilk beverages for the Indian consumer and exports. The system uses ProSoya’s most advanced airless cold grinding technology. It is installed at Godrej Industries Ltd. facilities. Godrej will do contract manufacturing and packaging of Staeta products in Tetra Pak.
FRESH & HONEST IN INDIA BUYS TWO VS200CON SYSTEMS
June 16, 2003 - Fresh & Honest company, located in Chennai (formerly Madras), India, has installed two VS200 (continuous) systems to add to its existing VS200 (batch type) system. Fresh & Honest makes and sells refrigerated soymilk in various flavors and tofu mainly in southern India. The company is the first to use ProSoya technology at VS200 scale in India and the first to use VS200 continuous system anywhere in the world.
ACQUIRES SOY MAGIC IN ISRAEL
December 22, 2002 – Tnuva Dairy Division purchased the Soy Magic soymilk plant that was supplied and commissioned by ProSoya earlier in the year. Tnuva is the largest dairy and food company in Israel. With the transfer, Tnuva has become the exclusive licensee of ProSoya’s large-scale technology for Israel.
SUN OF IRAN SELECTS PROSOYA TO SUPPLY SOYMILK PLANT
August 15, 2002 – Soya Sun of Iran is setting up the largest soymilk production facility in the region based on ProSoya’s VS4000 system that is capable of producing over 4000 L/H of soymilk base at 10% solids. The company selected ProSoya Technology against competitions from multinationals giants like Tetra Pak of Sweden. The latter is supplying the UHT processing and packaging technology to Soya Sun. ProSoya is responsible for supplying not only the soymilk system, but also equipment/technology for product formulation and storage as well as utilities equipment.
SYSTEM COMMISSIONED IN ISRAEL
June 23, 2002 – The VS2000 system was installed, fully commissioned and tested for production within two weeks at Soy Magic’s facility in Israel. Manufactured in Canada, VS2000 was pre-tested before shipment in its mostly skid mounted configuration. Soy Magic staff appreciated the impeccable workmanship and superb quality and finish of this gleaming stainless steel equipment.
CONTINUOUS COMMERCIAL SOYMILK SYSTEM VS200
May 1, 2002 - VS200 is the smallest truly continuous soymilk system that cost the same as its batch type VS200 it replaces. The operation is similar to the VS1000, VS2000, and VS4000 system, less the automatic control and instrumentation essential for the large systems. It can produce up to 250 L/H of soymilk at 8% solids (200 L/H when prorated to 10% solids). This system’s performance and yield does not depend significantly on the operators’ efficiency, and thus it is easy to achieve the rated capacity. The system is offered with options for making tofu, yogurt, and beverages.
WORLD’S EX-CEO HEADS PROSOYA INC.
September 15, 2001 – David Coe has taken the challenge to give ProSoya Inc. a new dimension by accepting the position of company’s Chief Executive Officer. He recently retired as CEO of Dairy World, the largest dairy in Canada after taking it from a $190 million company to $1.7 billion company, and then negotiating its merger with Saputo. David was responsible for starting Soya World Inc., currently the largest soymilk company in Canada. Soya World has exclusive license for the use of ProSoya’s technology in Canada.
MAGIC LTD. LICENSES PROSOYA TECHNOLOGY FOR ISRAEL
August 30, 2001 – After carrying out extensive research on with the help of several consultants, including a university professor, Soy Magic selected ProSoya’s technology and equipment to manufacture soymilk in Israel, and sealed an exclusive technology licensing deal. While ProSoya will provide its VS2000 system, rated to extracting 2000 L/H of soymilk base from hydrated soybeans, Tetra Pak, which also offers its own soymilk extraction technology (formerly belonging to Alfa Laval), will provide equipment for UHT processing and packaging of soymilk in multiple flavors.
WORLD’S EXCLUSIVITY NOW LIMITED TO CANADA
August 10, 2001 – Soya World Inc. of Burnaby, BC, enjoyed the exclusive license for ProSoya’s airless cold grind technology for making soymilk for several years for USA and Canada, but it has been focusing mainly to develop business in Canada. As a result, the company with the best selling organic soymilk brand SoNice, has negotiated with ProSoya to drop exclusivity for the USA. This deal is mutually beneficial since it reduces royalty burden for Soya World and allows ProSoya to pursue other options in the USA.
January 2, 2001 - As its new millennium initiative, ProSoya now offers medium and large soymilk systems based on alternative soymilk technologies to those regions of the world where its patented technology has been or is being licensed on an exclusive basis. The hot-grind non-beany soymilk systems using dry de-hulled soybeans or soaked whole soybeans in capacities 500 to 5000 L/H and above are now being built by ProSoya. The traditional cold-grind soymilk systems in similar capacities are also built to complement ProSoya's patented continuous curding and tofu making systems. The same engineering excellence goes into building these soymilk systems as in ProSoya's patented systems. The competitively priced plants have modular design and are skid mounted. As a result, ProSoya is able to ship even large systems within 4 months and commission them within a week or two. All ProSoya systems meet international food and dairy sanitary standards.
October 16, 2000 - ProSoya Inc. announces the introduction of a vacuum deodorizer for its smallest soymilk machine, SoyaCow VS30/40. This optional unit removes residual beany flavors from soymilk produced by the popular SoyaCow. Sanitary in construction, it can be retrofitted to most VS30/40 systems. The vacuum deodorizer unit is complete in itself and includes a full vacuum vessel, liquid ring vacuum pump, valves, fittings, and piping. The operator has to insert the unit between the grinder/cooker and the mechanical press of the VS30/40 system and connect it to single phase electrical supply and to water supply. The soymilk treated with the deodorizer has taste profile very similar to that of ProSoya's larger soymilk systems. The unit is priced at US$3,500.
- "IT'S A MATTER OF TASTE"
October 10, 2000 - ProSoya and Soya World Inc. have jointly produced a 9 minute video "It's a Matter of Taste". This video introduces the viewer to great tasting and best selling whole soybean soy beverages produced using ProSoya's technology - SoNice Soyganic. Jointly the two companies offer the technology, brand and formulation for soymilk beverages and other soymilk products. Cost US$10.00 plus shipping.
July 12, 2000 - ProSoya is developing a regenerative dryer that can be used to flash dry okara while using very little energy. The principle is to recycle the energy required to evaporate the moisture by condensing using the heat-pump approach. Since extreme temperatures are avoided, the dried okara is totally free of scorched particles and suffers minimum denaturing.
TOFU MAKER RECEIVES PATENT
July 5, 2000 - A continuous tofu maker developed recently has been granted a USA patent. In this new invention, hot soymilk is continuously injected with a curding agent while it travels through a long tube to allow enough holding time to complete the curding. The curd and whey mixture exiting are fed to a vertical perforated column to separate whey and press curd into a tofu column. A cutter at the bottom of the column cuts it into tofu cakes of desired thickness which then enter a chilled water bath before being packaged into round plastic cups similar to those used for margarine and cottage cheese.
TO MAKE SOY YOGURT
May 29, 2000 - ProSoya has perfected a simple way of making soy yogurt in commercial quantities with minimal additional equipment to ProSoya’s small or large systems for making soymilk. The great tasting soy yogurt is highly stable even when made with 8 to 9% solids in soymilk and does not suffer from the problem of developing tint on the yogurt surface with age. It can also be made into tasty soy drinks and frozen desserts.
The soymilk systems use the same patented technology (airless cold grinding) used for producing SoNice Soyganic brand of soymilk beverages which are considered by most as the best tasting product in the market. The smaller VS30/40 and VS200 systems are specially suited for producing niche value added soy foods and beverages. While VS30/40 has found use in restaurants, hospitals and school kitchens, VS200 is suited for larger production for regional distribution.
APPROVED SOYFOODS HEALTH CLAIMS INCREASE DEMAND FOR PROSOYA TECHNOLOGY
June 20, 1999 - According to the FDA , 25 grams of soy proteins a day may reduce the risk of heart disease. Soy products containing at least 6.25 grams of protein can make such a health claim provided they are made from whole soybeans or if they are low in fat (2 grams) - http://www.soyfoods.com/healthclaimcos.html
This claim was allowed in the autumn of 1999, and since then, the demand for soy product has significantly increased. Consequently ProSoya has sold several VS200 systems to the US customers including one to Kraft Foods for R&D. VS40 systems have also started to sell now in the USA and Canada after their phenomenal success in Russia and more than 30 other countries. The INTSOY program at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign has a VS40 system for training entrepreneurs through regular workshops – (contact Professor Karl Weingartner at firstname.lastname@example.org). Also FTRI in Cairo, Egypt has a VS40 system for similar use – (Dr. Nabih Ibrahim at email@example.com).
MAKING ATTACHMENT FOR VS30/40 SYSTEMS
August 19, 1999 - An attachment for the VS30/40 SoyaCow grinder/cooker has been developed that permits the machine to produce up to 18 liters of pureed soup every 20 to 30 minutes. You just have to throw into the hopper of the machine coarsely chopped veggies, beans, spices, etc., along with water, or any other desired liquid in appropriate quantities, and run the machine to grind and cook everything, yielding a ready to consume hot soup on tap. The okara and / or soymilk produced by the same machine can be used as an ingredient for the soup to add nutrition. The attachment is available for US$350 as an option for new as well as for most existing VS30/40 machines. The SoyaCow thus works as a soymilk and soyfoods machine or a pureed soup machine or both.
SOYMILK CONTINUOUSLY AND AUTOMATICALLY FOR MAKING TOFU
August 10, 1999 - Tofu makers have long wished opening a tap and filling their forming boxes with curd for pressing. Such a system is now available from ProSoya Inc. at a price most tofu producers can easily afford. The sanitary CT1000 system is rated to continuously take 1000 L/H soymilk with 6 to 8% solids and coagulate it by continuously injecting the desired coagulant. The patented method can be scaled to larger or smaller capacities to meet clients requirements. It uses the velocity of slurry flows (not the Reynolds number) to optimize the curd formation. The soymilk flow is controlled by a positive displacement pump and monitored by a mass flow meter. The coagulant injection is controlled by a metering pump and a pH probe. The curd consistency and quality can be easily controlled. The yield is better than with batch type manual and automatic coagulators. The system can be readily adapted to the production of other gelatinous products such as ricotta cheese.
- "INTRODUCTION TO PROSOYA"
July 21, 1999 - A video is released to introduce ProSoya Inc., its technology, and key people. At present it is available in English, Russian and Spanish. It provides the viewer an overview of what ProSoya offers and how its technology is advantageous in the production of soymilk and soymilk products. This 8 minute video is especially useful to those who do not have time to see or access ProSoya technology in operation but want to know about it for making decision and recommendations. The video is available in VHS (NTSC, PAL or SECAM) for US$10.00 plus applicable shipping, handling and taxes.
INC. ACQUIRES SONICE SOY BEVERAGE BRAND
May 17, 1999 - Vancouver-based SoyaWorld Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of fresh soy beverages, has acquired the So Nice soy beverage brand and a strategic interest in ProSoya Inc. Through this transaction the company has also acquired soymilk extraction plants and equipment in Ottawa and Vancouver. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
So Nice is a popular organic soy beverage for health-conscious consumers. SoyaWorld will re-launch the product in Canada and the United States as So Nice Soyganic, an organic soy beverage fortified with calcium and other essential nutrients. So Nice Soyganic will complement the company's successful flagship product So Good, the mainstream soy beverage and nutritional alternative to milk.
"So Nice Soyganic is an organic beverage, that will be targeted to health conscious consumers through distribution in the health food stores and natural food sections of major grocery stores nationwide," said Maheb Nathoo, general manager and chief executive officer of SoyaWorld Inc. "The new So Nice Soyganic beverage is a natural extension of SoyaWorld's business and a quality addition to our portfolio of dairy-free beverages."
SoyaWorld will also assume the ownership of the licensor rights of So Nice brand for soy beverages that are currently marketed in the U.K.
SECURES EXCLUSIVE LICENSE TO PROSOYA'S SOYMILK TECHNOLOGY
ProSoya Inc., an Ottawa-based soymilk technology company controlled by Dr. Raj Gupta, develops technology and equipment for production of "non-beany" soymilk using a patented "airless cold grinding" process. The ProSoya technology, which provides the soy base used in the manufacture of So Nice Soyganic, will now be licensed exclusively to SoyaWorld Inc. in North America, with rights in certain other countries as well.
In addition, SoyaWorld Inc. gains access to ProSoya's international patents and advanced technology used to extract soymilk from soybeans. A table top version of the ProSoya soy extraction technology was recently tested by the Johnson Space Center and was determined to be suitable for use in soymilk production on NASA's first manned mission to Mars.
BEVERAGE INDUSTRY GROWS
The soy beverage is one of the fastest-growing beverage categories in Canada. Dollar volume growth for soy beverages increased 106 percent in 1998 over 1997 with Canadians consuming more than 10 million litres last year. SoyaWorld Inc. is jointly owned by Dairyworld Foods of Vancouver, one of Canada's leading dairies, and Sunrise Soya Foods, Canada's largest tofu company. Formed in 1996, SoyaWorld is Canada's largest manufacturer and marketer of diary-free beverages, with production facilities in Vancouver, British Columbia, Brampton, and Ottawa, Ontario.
- "VS40 OPERATION MANUAL"
April 1, 1999 - A VS40 operation video manual is now available in English, Russian and Spanish. This 14 minute video lucidly presents the full operation of the VS40 soymilk system including the production of soymilk and tofu as well as daily maintenance and cleaning of the machine. It is available in VHS (NTSC, PAL or SECAM) for US$10.00 plus applicable shipping, handling and taxes. Anyone considering to acquire VS40 is advised to view this video several times and to show it to others supporting the acquisition. It is also a good educational video for schools. The video is supplied free with VS40/30 systems.
TESTS SOYACOW FOR SPACE MISSIONS
July 1, 1998 - Johnson space center is designing and building a habitat (the Advanced Life Support System Integration Test Bed (ALSSITB), formerly known as BIO-Plex) intended to evaluate technologies for advanced life support systems for use in long-duration missions where all consumables will need to be recycled and reused, as well as containing high amounts of protein and oil. A prototype soymilk machine SoyaCow™ (supplied by ProSoya, Ottawa, Canada), was used for the production of soymilk and okara (pulp fiber byproduct of soymilk).
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