US scallop harvester and processor Lund’s Fisheries is investing $2 million (€1.9 million) in its scallop operations, with the acquisition of a new tunnel freezer for its Cape May, New Jersey facility.

The purchase will allow Lund’s Fisheries to increase its freezing capabilities to 6,000 pounds per hour, effectively doubling its current freezing capacity, the company said.

The freezer, designed and built by manufacturing firm Skaginn 3X, that is part of the Baader group, will double Lund's current freezing capacity. The design of the freezer allows for more flexibility in operations, giving Lund’s the capacity to both fully freeze and crust freeze products using the same machine, as well as freeze multiple products at the same time, the company said.

The freezer will use a mechanical refrigeration plant to freeze scallops instead of using nitrogen, making it more energy efficient and less expensive to operate than Lund’s current freezing system, the company said.

Installation is expected to be complete in March.

Lund’s Fisheries is a family owned, vertically integrated seafood company located in Cape May, New Jersey. It has three offloading facilities stretched from New Jersey to California, servicing 20 family-owned fishing vessels and independent owner/operators.