24 Tonne Per Hour High Speed Tomato Ketchup Production with Steam Infusion

A leading UK based ambient sauce manufacturer is using Steam Infusion to cook up to 24 tonnes per hour of tomato ketchup and other sauces, with best in class energy efficiency and improved product quality.


3 Tonne Steam Infusion Cooking Vessels

3 Tonne Steam Infusion Cooking Vessels

The leading UK food manufacturer required a new cooking plant after winning new own label ambient sauce contracts including ketchup and brown sauce.

The site were looking at new cooking technologies and evaluated various steam jacketed pans and direct steam injection.

The customer chose the OAL Steam Infusion Vaction™ Pump cooking technology after trials proved the process offered high-speed, clean cooking with heat up times up to 4 times as  fast as steam jacketed kettles.


Dual Vaction™ Pumps mounted in a 3 tonne cooking vessel.

Dual Vaction™ Pumps mounted in a 3 tonne cooking vessel.

Two lance based Steam Infusion Vaction™ Pumps were installed in four 3 tonne cooking vessels enabling the production of up to 24,000 KG of sauce per hour. 

The cooking vessels don't require a steam jacket and are standard insulated vessels because all heating is undertaken with the Steam Infusion Vaction™ Pumps.

The use of insulated jackets has both reduced operating costs (reduction in steam maintenance) and removes the need for annual insurance inspections of the vessels.

Key Results

  • High-speed cooking plant with a small system footprint.

  • 19% more energy efficient than steam jacketed vessels, proven in trials.

  • No burn-on contamination for faster cleaning and changeovers.