Processing > Fruit & vegetables

Woolworths mirrors Coles' commitment to Australian veg

18 October, 2013

Woolworths has announced it will reduce frozen vegetable imports by sourcing all its Select brand frozen vegetables from Australian growers through Simplot. The retail giant says it will stop importing frozen vegetables by May 2014.

McCain to close Penola potato plant

15 October, 2013

McCain has announced it will close its South Australian potato processing plant in December this year. A total of 59 permanent employees at the Penola plant will be offered redundancy packages and offered counselling and support to find new jobs.

Coles commits to Australian frozen veg

25 September, 2013

Coles has signed a contract with Simplot which includes a local sourcing commitment for the next five years and increased volumes, delivering long-term certainty for both Simplot and hundreds of Australian vegetable growers.

Turatti Air Dry Tunnel

10 September, 2013

The Turatti Air Dry Tunnel is a preassembled compact dryer that removes excessive moisture from freshly washed salads prior to packaging. It offers computerised control over temperature and moisture levels.

Woolworths' deciduous canned fruit to be Australian sourced

04 September, 2013

Woolworths has announced it will source all of its private-label deciduous canned fruit products from SPC Ardmona. The retail giant will invest $3 million to ensure all its own-brand apples, pears, peaches and apricots will be Australian sourced.

Rosella brand flies again

14 August, 2013

The first Rosella brand products, including sauces, soups, chutneys and relishes, will soon hit supermarkets around the country, new owner Sabrands has announced.

SPC Ardmona signs $7m canned fruit deal

12 August, 2013

SPC Ardmona has signed a $7 million deal with Woolworths to supply 13 lines of canned fruit from its apricot, peach, apple and pear growers in the Goulburn Valley.

Processing strawberries - gently

29 July, 2013

An aseptic fruit processing plant in California that produces sliced strawberries in syrup used HRS Process Technology’s heat exchanger and pump solutions to guarantee zero damage to the particulate while maintaining product integrity and shape.

Preserve NSW’s canning industry, AMWU urges

06 June, 2013

Following Simplot’s announcement that its Bathurst cannery may close after the 2014 season, the AMWU has urged consumers, supermarkets and the government to take action to save Australia’s canned food industry.

Kronen SDS 5000 suction air dry system

29 May, 2013

The Kronen SDS 5000 suction dry system has been designed to give salads, fruits and vegetables a longer shelf life by ensuring low final moisture and low product damage.

Kronen GS 20 belt cutting machine

23 May, 2013

The Kronen GS 20 belt cutting machine has been designed and built for the large industrial food processor to cut leafy products, vegetables, herbs and whole heads of lettuce and cabbage.

Spring Gully boosts production to trade out of administration

22 May, 2013

Spring Gully Foods says it has hired additional staff to boost production while it attempts to trade its way out of voluntary administration. The company has moved to two shifts a day to meet rapidly expanded demand.

Wyma Mega-Polisher carrot-polishing machine

22 May, 2013

With more than 1000 Wyma customised polishing brushes and a capacity of up to 20 t/h, the Wyma Mega-Polisher is claimed to be the largest carrot-polishing machine available.

Pectinase 872L keeps fruit firm

20 May, 2013

When approached by a customer to increase the firmness of strawberry pieces in yoghurt, Biocatalysts developed Pectinase 872L, which works by catalysing the hydrolysis of the methyl ester bonds in pectin, releasing free carboxyl groups.

Flame pasteurising sizzles

14 May, 2013

Flame pasteurisation - the flash roasting of vegetables over an open flame system - is now bringing breakout cooking efficiencies while reducing yield loss for processors who prepare onions and vegetables.

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