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Background in research

OptiFreeze has its background in research projects that began in 2008 with the aim of making it possible for fruit and vegetable cells to better withstand the freezing and thawing process.​

First patent application in 2008

A research team at the Food Technology Department of the Lund University discovered that fruit and vegetables that are normally unable to bear freezing, could indeed be frozen without the loss of internal cell properties if they are impregnated with naturally occurring cryoprotectants (natural sugars and plant proteins that can naturally bear frost and remain green – for example winter wheat or cassava roots) through the combination of Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) and Vacuum Impregnation (VI). This discovery led to the patent application in 2008.

OptiFreeze was founded in 2011.

Federico Gómez Galindo in OptiFreeze research in 2017.

OptiFreeze background timeline


Master and PhD project were started to find a way to mimic the nature in how plants survive subzero tempertures


OptiFreeze was founded by scientists from Lund University and ArcAroma Pure AB


Method development was continued at Lund University

The method of freezing fruits and vegetables was patented


OptiFreeze was listed on Swedish Small Cap Stock Exchange AktieTorget (Spotlight)

OptiFreeze found its first location in Lund! The company had 2 employees and CEO


OptiFresh project was started – on extending shelf life of fruits and veggies


OptiDry project was started – on improving quality of dried herbs

The team was growing, more laboratory space was needed so OptiFreeze changed the location to Kalkstenvägen 16 in Lund


OptiFlower project was started – on extending life time of flower cuttings


First production line OptiCept was sold to Syngenta Flowers!


Signed collaboration agreement with Syngenta Flowers


OptiFreeze was listed on Nasdaq First Growth Market

OptiBoost, a process for treatment of Cut Flowers, was launched.