Following the NZ Government announcement that the whole country will move to COVID-19 Alert State 4 (the highest state), Cuddon Limited is in a mandatory close down period with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, 1630, until at least Wednesday 22 April 2020. 

The whole country is required to self isolate for a period of at least 4 weeks and only government directed ‘Essential Businesses’ are permitted to remain open.  Cuddon Freeze Dry has not been defined as an Essential Business.   All manufacturing has therefore ceased, all scheduled maintenance and servicing has been postponed until further notice and our workforce sent home to be with their families during this difficult time.   We apologise for any inconvenience, but the safety of our staff, their families, our community and our clients is of paramount importance to us.

The shut down will remain in place for a minimum of 4 weeks.  If the measures are effective in controlling the spread of COVID-19 then we would hope to be open as soon as reasonably possible after 22 April, however we will be following Government directives so can not be certain of our re-open date at this time.

Please note that while our 24 Hour Phone Line will remain operational during this period – it is for the sole use of emergency support to NZ Government defined Essential Businesses which does not include Freeze Dry support.  We have 4 other engineering divisions in addition to Freeze Dry who are providing emergency call out support for refrigeration, air conditioning, water engineering and general engineering to our local hospitals, care homes, supermarkets and primary industries.   Please do not try to use this line – it needs to be kept clear for emergency use only.

Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times.  Your business is important to us – but your health and well being is even more important.  We therefore wish you well during self isolation (or whatever measures are in place in your country) and we join with all New Zealanders in hoping that these measures will be followed by everyone and therefore effective.  We will advise you as soon as our business re-opens for full business.

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Situated at the top of the South Island, New Zealand, Cuddon Freeze Dry products are the benchmark for quality in sublimation solutions. With over 300 installations world-wide, 50 years’ experience and expert consideration of all the factors necessary for optimum freeze drying results, our products are highly respected around the world.

Cuddon understand process and Freeze Drying, and how to integrate in to your systems and factory processes. Our support and consultation process is managed in confidence.
We will work with you and your User Requirements and Specifications to provide the best solution for your needs.

Our offer is to supply a turn-key freeze drying machine service and includes the following:

  • Design and manufacture at our New Zealand manufacturing plant
  • Shipped world-wide to your nearest international seaport (NZ and Australia sales include delivery to site)
  • Installation, commissioning and staff training completed by Cuddon engineers
  • 12-month warranty, plus extensive after-sales service

Each Cuddon freeze dryer is manufactured under ISO 9001 accreditation, and IQ/OQ validation can be supplied.

With stringent quality controls, reliable performance is assured at cost-effective prices. Manufacturing costs of a freeze dry machine in New Zealand are often significantly lower compared to some of our competitors and we supply our freeze dryers worldwide.

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Typical Freeze Dry Applications

  • Food Processing:
    freeze drying food, freeze dried food
  • Dairy Industry:
    freeze drying dairy products
  • Pet Food:
    freeze drying raw & cooked meat products
  • Cultures and Starters:
    freeze drying starter cultures
  • Nutraceuticals:
    freeze drying nutraceuticals
  • Pharmaceuticals and Biological active ingredients:
    laboratory freeze drying
  • Disaster Recovery:
    freeze drying documents
  • Floral:
    freeze drying flowers
  • Taxidermy:
    freeze drying taxidermy


Our Range of Freeze Drying Products
Cuddon Freeze Dry manufactures a range of freeze drying machines from pilot models to large capacity industrial freeze drying machines.

From 5.5kg to 1500kg ice condenser capacity, our freeze drying machines are used for a range of applications from small pilot research plants to large commercial multi-dryer industrial operations.

Quality and Compliance

To ensure that every activity the company undertakes is completed to the highest possible standards, Cuddon Ltd has been operating under ISO 9001 certification since 1993. We also have a strict Health & Safety policy ensuring that our employees are kept safe while delivering quality workmanship