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Mixing for the Confection IndustryYears ago, people grew up with homemade candy available from local shops that made it fresh or occasionally brought in manufactured confections. Today, there is a great demand for confections worldwide, often having identical or similar recipes across regions. 

These recipes require a level of consistency that is not achievable without strict process. Many mixing processes are involved in the creation of confections, from simple blending of slurries to dispersion of flavors and colors to the creation of smooth cream fillings and agglomerate-free coatings.

Admix offers a broad range of mixing technologies and years of industry experience to help you create the best final product rapidly and cost-effectively. For more information, check out our candy and confection processing case study and candy reworking video

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Featured Videos

See how the Rotosolver high shear mixer quickly and efficiently creates a smooth slurry from carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), a popular coating agent in confections.

Confection Mixing FAQs

We make a simple liquid-liquid blend of flavors and/or colors in a fluid stream. We also need to heat or cool a liquid streams. What does Admix offer for these processes?
The Admixer static blender delivers continuous processing with no moving parts and is great for handling jellies and viscous mixing needs. It offers side stream injectors, heat transfer and temperature control with jackets. It has easy-to-clean removable elements and specially polished finishes, and meets 3-A Sanitary Standard #35-04.

We produce liquid slurries in large volumes and sometimes need to increase the solids content in sugar slurries. What does Admix offer for this?
For simple tank agitation, Admix offers the Rotomixx portable agitator and RotoMAXX II low shear agitator for volumes up to 60,000 gallons. These units are constructed of all stainless steel and can provide simple blending for miscible fluids or solids incorporation and dispersion, can maintain a suspension, and meet 3-A Sanitary Standard #73-01.

How do I prevent fisheyes, agglomerates and rafting on the top of the vessel when dispersing hard-to-wet powders?
The Rotosolver high shear mixer combines good product motion with efficient pumping blades and a high shear mixing region to break down fisheyes and agglomerates. It is a CIP system that meets 3-A Sanitary Standard #73-01.

How can we reduce waste and reclaim or rework out-of-spec product?
The Boston Shearmill inline wet mill can rework out-of-spec product and mill it into a slurry that can be reused upstream. For fruit fillings, the Rotostat rotor-stator mixer provides bulk tank motion without an in-tank bearing frame or supporting arms so product flow is not impacted. See the candy and confection processing case study and candy reworking video

I want to make sweetened condensed milk on demand rather than purchase it in tankers. Can Admix help?
Definitely. The VacuShear system inducts powders or liquids under vacuum and on demand, combining powder dispersion, high shear mixing and deaeration saving you money!

I'm developing a new formula. Should I consider a different process or application?
Yes! If you're developing a new formulation and/or process, we offer ingredient and application testing in our fully equipped test lab at no charge. Also, the BenchMix programmable high shear lab mixer can be configured with Rotomixx, Rotosolver and Rotostat heads for the greatest flexibility and accurate scale-up to full production, plus our scalability methods are so reliable that we provide a process assurance warranty. Want to do unlimited testing in your own facility? Our in-plant trial program allows you to just that.

We have to run product through multiple passes in a high pressure homogenizer to filter out lumps and fisheyes. We also do several passes to finish refine our product before the packaging and filler machines. Is there an easier way?
Absolutely. For continuous processing, the DynaShear inline disperser and Boston Shearmill inline wet mill both provide tight emulsions. Typical droplet size with the DynaShear is 2-3 microns and as fine as 0.5 microns with the Boston Shearmill. They break down tough fisheyes in a single pass and deagglomerate a fluid stream to save filter cleaning and wasted raw material. Both are designed to run 24/7 and meet 3-A Sanitary Standard #36-01.

I need a safer way to incorporate powders. What does Admix offer?
The VacuShear system inducts powders or liquids under vacuum. It provides high shear mixing for immediate powder dispersion and vacuum deaeration for the best finished product. Where air entrainment is not a concern, the Fastfeed powder induction system along with our Optifeed and PIC systems provide inline continuous powder disperion at powder feed rates up to 450 lbs/min on a single pass.