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Aasted Extruder Handles Dough With Care
When it comes to dough, Aasted-Mikroverk Bakery Equipment’s ALICE extruder does it all … and then some.
ALICE provides for unparalleled gentle dough handling, even for dough with inclusions. The company’s FlexBooster and CamRotor innovations jointly ensure ALICE’s reliability as the first extruder on the market to maintain dough’s essential structure — a challenge for many manufacturers. With ALICE, gentle dough handling and unchanged dough structure during extrusion make for uniform extruded product every time.
Moreover, the construction of both the FlexBooster and CamRotor guarantees that inclusions such as nuts, chocolate chips, berries and peanuts can travel through ALICE in one piece. The secret lies in a design based on new technology, with unprecedented “big” transport volume of the dough built into the transport systems.
Innovation has always been key at Aasted-Mikroverk. In 1925, Mikroverk invented the world’s first high-capacity chocolate moulding line and supplied it to Cadbury. Since that time, the company has been the market leader in chocolate moulding lines, and today it’s the only manufacturer that can produce moulding lines with capacities from 50 to 10,000 kg/hour.
In 1945, Aasted invented the world’s first vertical tempering machine for chocolate — a technical principle and cornerstone of every chocolate production process today. In 1992, the company invented a system for the cold-pressing of chocolate. The system has been a tremendous success ever since and is marketed under the FrozenCone brand.
Last year, the company set up a bakery division. Its 90 years of experience is coupled with the know-how of skilled staff members specializing in bakery extrusion.
A remarkable goal-oriented synergy was created from those two parts, and together with Dansk Teknologisk Institut (Danish Technological Institute), ALICE was created and launched. 1-443-797-3458.

Deliver More, Expect More
When it comes to the bakery delivery business, look to Dodge Sprinter Cargo Van to provide considerable food for thought.
The Dodge Sprinter is among the most versatile commercial vans in the market. It’s produced in three distinctive versions — Sprinter Passenger, Cargo and Cab Chassis — for different commercial needs.
Sprinter’s versatility and efficiency provide persuasive arguments that this is the van to meet the need. The vehicle simply excels with superlatives. Even before the versatility angle is examined, consider the mechanical advantages: With a choice of 118-, 140- or 158-in. wheelbases, you have the most options for an interior cargo area.
If you expect more, Sprinter delivers. The largest cargo van offers the greatest interior compartment accessibility in its class. The rear full-length floor-to-ceiling cargo doors are the widest in their class, while the side step-in height is the lowest. Add a totally flat floor, a sliding passenger-side door and — exclusive to Sprinter — an available driver’s side-sliding door, and you’ve got remarkably easy access to products at all stages of delivery.
Sprinter also has nearly vertical walls and the lowest load floor height of any commercial vehicle. Installation of shelving and storage is a breeze. If you’re thinking that Sprinter is merely an intelligently designed box-on-wheels, think again. Sprinter’s premium 2.7-liter in-line 5-cylinder turbo diesel boasts fuel economy figures that make other manufacturers drool like kids over chocolate chip cookies.
While fuel figures vary, depending on size, load and speed, you can count on an average of 25 mpg to keep your fuel costs in check. And remember, Sprinter sips diesel, not gas — an important contribution to bottom-line savings.
But that’s the accountant’s perspective. From the driver’s point-of-view, comfort and convenience reach an all-new level. Sprinter’s generous roof height and easy access to the inside eliminate the strain and discomfort typical of smaller, standard vans. Its rack-and-pinion steering, along with a surprisingly small turning diameter, translates into superb maneuverability. Even the transmission is driver-friendly, letting users choose between automatic and clutchless manual shifting.
The 2006 Dodge Sprinter is an IntelliChoice Excellent Value Award Winner. Examine Sprinter from the aspects of value, versatility, mechanical excellence and quality, and it’s clear no competitive van measures up. 1-800-4ADODGE.