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Minnesota-based DCI Provides Food Industry Solution to Consumers’ Clean Label Preference

May 31, 2016
By Business Wire News

ST. CLOUD, Minn.

Minnesota-based equipment manufacturer DCI has gained exclusive North American rights to manufacture the VARO HPT (horizontal processing tank). This revolutionary unit joins efficient mixing with quick processing to help food manufacturers establish honest “clean labels” with shorter ingredient lists for their products. A buzz concept among today’s consumers, these clean labels gained with the help of the VARO HPT by DCI are popular because of their direct correlation to the many benefits gained by making healthy eating choices.

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VARO Test Unit (Photo: Business Wire)

VARO Test Unit (Photo: Business Wire)

The VARO HPT by DCI features a doubled heating and cooling surface due to the tank’s unique agitator coil design. The resulting efficiency includes faster cooking time, better natural flavors, naturally-preserved colors and retained shape of large particles through gentler processing than traditional tanks. The optional condenser and aroma recovery unit further enhance the preservation of natural flavors.

DCI is currently offering a Pilot Plant option with an approximate 132-gallon capacity, along with their turnkey customer service. To try before they buy, food manufacturers can order a test tank that will be installed at their site by DCI’s team in order to ensure complete satisfaction before a solid investment is made in that same size of tank or larger ones of either 320 or 660 approximate-gallon capacities. The initial industry feedback has echoed the benefits DCI lists for the VARO HPT tank.

“We cook bigger quantities… faster than before,” said Bernard Verhamme, Belgium-based Confiture L’Ardennaise CEO and customer of the VARO HPT unit. “Because we cook for a shorter amount of time at a lower temperature, it takes less manpower and energy consumption than before. The quality of our fruit spread products has definitely been raised with the HPT. We get better and more efficient quality. [We won] two golden stars with the Superior Taste Award, so obviously I would recommend this unit for anyone else working within the food industry.” DCI’s acquisition of the VARO HPT’s North American manufacturing rights supports the company’s corporate vision to lead the way in providing high-quality products and services, according to Chad Leither, CFO of DCI.

“We have a lot of integrity in the work that we do, and the people at VARO are no different,” said Leither. “To begin manufacturing the HPT is to continue our 60-year-strong reputation for guaranteeing top-quality custom craftsmanship and superb customer service. We want to see our customers succeed, and staying closely aligned with trends in the marketplace is one of our biggest strengths.”

Those in North America who are interested in the VARO HPT test unit should contact DCI directly by emailing or by calling (320) 252-8200. More information can be found online at

About DCI, Inc.:
DCI, Inc., ( was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in St. Cloud, Minn. They are a world leader in the manufacturing and servicing of both shop and field-fabricated storage and processing tanks, vessels, agitators and integrated systems. They serve a variety of industries, including Animal Health, Beverage, Biofuels, Bioscience, Brewing, Chemical, Cosmetic, Dairy, Food, Nutraceutical and Pharmaceutical.

About VARO:
VARO ( was founded in 1935 and is headquartered in Hornslet, Denmark. They are one of the leading Scandinavian companies within development and manufacturing of special-purpose machines and automated production equipment. In close cooperation with their customers, they develop production equipment that improves their customers’ competitiveness and earning capacity.

DCI, Inc.
Carrie Karki, 320-656-4171
Fax: 320-252-0866