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.
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.
A recently developed system that uses air, rather than water, to blast peels off fruit could reduce water use by 80%.
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.
The Kronen KUJ high-performance dicer cuts strips from 2-20 mm and cubes from 3-20 mm precisely. It can process up to 3000 kg/h.
Simple, yet innovative, Y-series olive oil decanters can transport and treat up to 360 tons of olive paste a day and at the same time provide a lower concentration of residual oil in the husk.
Kronen has released the Tona S180K vegetable and fruit processing machine, a combination of the machines Tona E wedger and the Tona S slicer.
Spinach sales fell but expenditures for total leafy greens remained unchanged, following a US government warning to avoid bagged spinach because of possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination in 2006.
The Kronen Vortex-line has been developed for the final treatment stage for vegetables, including leafy salads and root products, and also fruits like apples and grapes. The washing system achieves microbial load reduction and prolongation of shelf life and, consequently, increase of quality of products.
Key Technology’s onCore is an integrated system for processing iceberg and romaine lettuces in bagged salads. The system, which combines a vibratory density separation shaker with a camera/laser sorter, eliminates manual coring to increase yields and improve product quality while reducing labour costs.
Pomegranate can be consumed as a whole fruit, ready to eat arils and as juice. Nevertheless, it is hard to process as peeling and deseeding the arils from the fruit is complicated and expensive for consumers and manufactures alike. Following the launching of a ready-to-eat pomegranates packaging solution last year, Hefestus has introduced a comprehensive solution for deseeding the arils without the peel in an automatic process that enables the beverage producer to squeeze the juice out of the arils, making a delicious super fruit juice without the bitterness taste, while processing the whole fruit.
Hefestus has developed the SLB shelf life booster, a concept for fruit and vegetable packaging with modified atmosphere (MAP) technology that is claimed will provide a comprehensive solution for extended shelf life of fruits, vegetables and fresh-cut salads.