Setting Up A Baby Cereal Plant Made Easy

Infant Baby Cereal Made Easy

Gerber is one of the leading trademark manufacturers for baby food and is the name many of us think of when someone says Baby Cereal. Do you think you have the next great recipe for infant baby cereal? Need a ready to go manufacturing plant set up? The timeline to set up an efficient manufacturing plant is very important. Drum drying has been part of the manufacturing process for infant cereal-based baby food for over 100 years. At Drum Drying Resources we have the expertise to design, build and install a compete drum drying infant baby cereal production plant seemlessly. .


The drum drying process can create a product that will have high protein, will plump pleasingly and have good water absorption for your customers so they will come back for more of your product. Read more on our Infant Cereal Plant Set Up Page - click here.


So you have been working on that special recipe. Your friends have been asking for more samples.  Is it time to move out of your garage? DDR as solutions.


Our engineers can design a baby food cereal production line that meets your needs using all new equipment, using rebuilt drum dryers or a combination of both that will help your budget. Learn more about purchasing drum dryers - click here.

Dried Products Processing

Dried Foods & General Dried Product Processing

Dry product, like baby cereal, dried fruit or vegetables, is produced by drying on the steam heated drums of a drum dryer is usually conveyed, cooled, sized, screened, accumulated and stored for packaging, and finally filled into a commercial package for sale. Our DDR basic dry product processing and packaging system technical bulletin describes the elements of the equipment and operations dedicated to accomplish this objective after the drum drying process.

Drum Dryer Food Product Processing

The dry product leaves the drum dryer  as a hot material due to the drying process. It also leaves the dryer in random sized pieces since the product is scraped from the drying rolls into an accumulating conveyor.

Product specifications usually call for a uniformly sized product flake, particle, or powder form and cooled to ambient temperature for proper storage and packaging. Also, variations in the final product characteristics due to the formulation and processing of the product slurry may occur. This requires the accumulation and blending of various segments of the dryer production to yield a more uniform final product. Read more in our DDR16 Technical Bulletin click here.

You may also visit our Technical Bulletins Page for a list of over 18 technical bulletins. Click here for the Technical Bulletins Page.

Turning Food Waste Into Land Applicable Waste

Recycling with Drum Dryers

We are very excited about a recent project being developed to help recycle left over food waste and turn it into land applicable waste. With the use of drum dryer processing of food waste we can reduce BOD’s in the environment. Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) is an indirect measurement of the concentration of biologically degradable material present in organic wastes that directly effects how long it takes for the waste to breakdown. Please watch for more developments regarding our recycled food waste project.

Drum Drying – What is it?

Potato Flakes & More With Drum Drying 101

Drum dryers were developed in the early 1900s. They were used in drying almost all liquid food materials before spray drying came into use. Nowadays, drum dryers are used in the food industry for drying a variety of products, such as milk product, baby foods, breakfast cereal, fruit and vegetable pulp, mashed potatoes, cooked starch and spent yeast.

A couple of very well known examples of the type of product produced in this type of machinery is baby cereal in the form of flakes or mashed potatoes in the form of flakes. I read an article recently that said Potato Flakes are considered a comfort food!  (Visit the blog for – a non-profit organization feeding the hungry in Iowa)

Drum drying is one of the most energy efficient drying methods, and is particularly effective for drying high viscous liquid or pureed foods.

In a drying operation, liquid, slurry, or puree material is applied as a thin layer onto the outer surface of revolving drums that are internally heated by steam. After about three-quarters of a revolution from the point of feeding, the product is dried and removed with a static scraper. The dry product is collected and is transferred (usually pneumatically) to a rotary hammer mill, reduced to the desired particle size and packaged. In order to ensure that the product is consistent and that it meets customer specifications, a delicate balance between feed rate, roll speed, steam pressure and roll gap must be achieved.


A drum dryer consists of one or two horizontally mounted hollow cylinder(s) made of high grade cast iron, fabricated steel or stainless steel, a supporting frame, a product feeding system, a scraper, and auxiliaries. A typical drum dryer may have either a single drum with smaller applicator rolls or double drums. The diameter of typical food drums ranges from 24” (60 cms.) to 60” (152 cms.) and lengths that go from 24” (60 cms.) to 144” (365 cms.).


• Products have good porosity and hence good rehydration due to boiling evaporation.
• Drum dryers can dry very viscous foods, such as pastes and gelatinized or cooked starch, which cannot be easily dried with other methods.
• Drum dryers normally have high energy efficiency
• Drum drying can be clean and hygienic.
• Drum dryers are easy to operate and maintain.
• The dryers are flexible and suitable for multiple but small quantity production

Read more? You may read more of our introduction to Drum Dryers in the Drum Drying Resources Technical Bulletin – DDR01 by clicking here.