Scientists at the Valencian Institute of Agrarian Research in Spain have created a machine that automatically detects and separates rotten oranges, another that classifies mandarin segments according to their quality and another that helps citrus fruit pickers out in the field.
More than 50 years ago, Wallace McCain, a young Canadian, had a pioneering idea: McCain and his brother Harrison invested in the still relatively uncommon technology for frozen food and began immediately to produce frozen French fries.
UK-based salads producer Flavour Fresh, has recently taken delivery of an additional 11 station Marco YCM (Yield Control Module) system.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are washed and sanitised after they are harvested - a process that enhances food safety but can remove the natural wax coating from the produce surface. To lock in moisture and maintain freshness of the produce, a postharvest protective coating typically is applied. Two critical aspects in the coating application process ensure that the entire surface of the fruit or vegetable is covered evenly and that the coating is thoroughly dried and set. Without uniform setting or curing of the coating, moisture in the produce can evaporate and cause dehydration, which can quickly deteriorate the overall quality of the produce and impact its marketability.
The Kronen AS 16 automatic apple peeling and slicing machine is suitable for processing apples with diameters from 60-120 mm. It is able to peel, slice or segment and core up to 2000 apples/h. Switching from one apple size to another size can be easily set within 2 min online at the machine during the peeling process (no further auxiliary tool is needed).
UK-based Lea Green Foods is using innovative peristaltic pump technology to dose oil into vegetable trays with both precision and cleanliness.
The Kronen Vortex sanitising waterflow system claims germ reduction on fresh-cut products.
Heat and Control’s MasterTherm batch fryer can produce 225 finished kg/h of batch fried potato chips of almost any style with high consistency.
Hard bite-style potato chips get their desirable extra crunchy texture from the unique oil temperature profile produced by batch fryers. But the limitations of producing such chips in batches of only a few hundred kilograms per hour has previously required processors to install multiple batch fryers.
Recently, a virulent strain of enterohaemorrhagic E. coli caused around 50 deaths and sickened more than 4000 across Europe, the majority in Germany. The source of the infections is believed to have been organic fenugreek sprouts grown from contaminated seeds. As a result of this deadly outbreak, new regulations, improved surveillance and disease prevention strategies, particularly pertaining to produce, will likely emerge throughout the world.
Key Technology has added three-way sorting capability to its Manta sorter. Featuring two ejector systems, three-way sorting allows food processors to automatically eject product that can be reworked and recovered separately from material sent to waste, typically foreign material. Good product continues through the camera/laser sorter unaffected as usual. This capability allows processors to produce a high-quality finished product without losing recoverable off-grade product to the waste stream or requiring additional sorting expense to separately rework product.
Turkish processor Konya Seker decided to try something different on its potato strip production line. Unlike other potato processors that use optical sorters to remove defects on their primary lines, Konya Seker relies on an ADR5 automatic defect removal system from Key Technology. This application, called the ADRFirst solution, maximises product quality and increases yields at Konya Seker.
A recently developed system that uses air, rather than water, to blast peels off fruit could reduce water use by 80%.
Results from a New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) study looking at chemical residues in fresh, unwashed produce has found no health or food safety concerns.
Vezet is one of the largest fruit and vegetable processing businesses in the Netherlands and leads the market in freshly sliced, ready-to-cook vegetables. The company has recently expanded its machinery park with three, large-type SC-940 centrifuges from Sormac and a smaller SC-740.