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[Interview with a Resident Company] Uniontech

Opening a New Chapter in the Dried Food Market with Microwave Vacuum Drying Systems

Uniontech

Many say that the taste of food is determined by the skills of the person who makes it. Then, how about a machine? Would the quality of a machine affect the taste of food? Uniontech took note of this idea. The company believed that using a good machine could affect taste and flavor of food. And the company’s various microwave vacuum-dried “tech” foods, such as green onions, ginger and lemon, have opened a new chapter in the dried food market.

 

Dried food with its original taste and flavor preserved

 

UnionTech, which emphasizes the ‘technology’ of food and taste, was established in May 2004. The company, originally founded as a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, turned its attention to food drying in 2013 when it applied for a patent on microwave vacuum drying.

“Most dry food companies were small. And the circumstances did not allow us to use expensive equipment for food manufacturing.”

CEO Gi-jeong Han started to develop tasty and nutritional dried foods with a microwave vacuum dryer that he invented. After experimenting with more than 300 types of agricultural and fishery products, such as popular vegetables, green onions, ginger, and garlic, he succeeded in developing the most delicious dried food ‘recipe.’

 

“Our main purpose was to dry in-season farm produce so that customers can enjoy the original taste of food when they want it. It wasn’t about just drying food, but preserving it with its original taste. ”

 

In an effort to dry food and preserve it in its original form, the company applied the principle of a microwave oven and set the drying temperature to 35 degrees. As a result, dried food with the same nutrients, taste, and texture as the original was produced successfully. The company gave a Korean brand name, meaning “dried as it is,” to the dried food it had invented, which drew much attention from major companies such as Orion, CJ, Samyang, and Lotte Department Store.

Support for participation in various overseas exhibitions

 

“I wanted to move into the National Food Cluster when I heard about its construction.”

The National Food Cluster was completed on January 5, 2018 and we moved in on the following day. When I contacted the Foodpolis Support Center for R&D support, it helped me to cooperate with major R&D organizations in the UK and Germany. Moreover, the Center assisted us in entering various overseas exhibitions, including two trade shows in Japan, two in China, one in Thailand, and one in Paris, which helped us to effectively promote our microwave vacuum drying systems worldwide.

“Just by word of mouth we entered the markets of Australia and Taiwan. It was very helpful for us to prove the excellence of our products by participating in exhibitions around the world. ”

 

Currently, the company exports dried lemons to Poland and is preparing to sell dried ginger, lemon and burdock to Japan. Exports to the USA, China, and Australia are underway too. The Company’s dried food has been selected as one of the ‘Nine major export foods’ byh Seoul’s aT Center.

“Next year, we’re going to expand our markets for food and food machinery. Why not dream big? We have full support from the Foodpolis Support Center.”

 

CEO Gi-jeong Han, Uniontech

 

What is UnionTech’s strength?

It is our technology for drying in-season farm produce as it is. Unlike conventional methods using high heat, we dry food at 35 ° C without destroying nutrients so that customers can enjoy food whenever they want.

 

What was your biggest concern before moving into the National Food Cluster?

We had nearly 30 employees, and none of them were food experts. Some of them were experts in developing food-related equipment but not food. Large manufacturers subcontract work but do not share information or know-how. So I was very happy when I heard about the National Food Cluster. And the Foodpolis Support Center allowed us to collaborate in our R&D efforts with laboratories in the UK and Germany, which was a significant help for us.

 

What are your future plans and is there any additional support you need?

Previously, we had focused on manufacturing semiconductor equipment, but we have switched our attention to food and food machinery so as to grow our business more than twice. Currently, we’re exporting to China, the USA, Japan, Australia, and many other countries, but we want to penetrate into new markets in 2019, especially in Europe. We would like to offer OEM processing services to small businesses in Korea by introducing crushers and sterilizers. So we hope the National Food Cluster can open new ways to cooperate with small businesses to promote mutual growth.

 

 

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