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TOMRA debuts 3A potato sorter
TOMRA Food has introduced the TOMRA 3A, a vision
sorter for the separation of a range of foreign material from
unwashed potatoes.
Developed in response to specific customer challenges, the
TOMRA 3A delivers a new level of FM sorting performance but
with added features.
* The TOMRA 3A sorter can be positioned going into or
coming out of storage, where it can reduce sorting labor
and shipping costs, increase available storage space, and
protects the stored potato and downstream equipment
from damage.
* The sorter employs an inspection and ejection system to
detect and remove rocks, dirt clods and other debris from
the incoming product. The TOMRA 3A is designed to operate
at high capacity yet gently moves the product without risk of
damage or bruising.
State-of-the-art technology with high-resolution cameras,
distinguishes between the crop and most commonly found foreign
material types. Advanced software analysis separates dirt clods
from dirt covered potatoes accurately. Additionally, TOMRA 3A
can detect and reject gross green sun-exposed potatoes.
The TOMRA 3A optical system mounted in a fully sealed
camera enclosure and is designed to be resistant to rain, wind,
dust and heat as well as potential vibration from moving the
sorter between storage cellars. It boasts a 30% increased
capacity over previous TOMRA models of similar size. To
accommodate customer's needs, the sorter is available in
three widths, allowing for throughputs from 100,000-220,000
pounds per hour.
requested by Hai Thanh, so now they are able to cut 20-by-20millimeter
squares whose third dimension is determined by the
thickness of the mango halves. Thus, the loss ratio is improved
from 20% with standard grid cutting device to only 5-10%
with the customized grid, which was of great importance for
company Hai Thanh. Small undesired pieces are separated
with a sieve.
Besides mangoes, the company also processes IQF (Individual
Quick Frozen) pineapples, watermelons, papayas, dragon fruits,
aloe vera, limes and taro products. The processed fruits are
delivered to customers in Asia, as well as Europe.
NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY
Utz acquires Kitchen Cooked in snack food
merger
Utz Quality Foods announced the acquisition of Illinois-based
Kitchen Cooked in a snack foods merger. The acquisition includes
the Kitchen Cooked brand and the firm's manufacturing and
delivery operations.
Kitchen Cooked, which produces a variety of potato chips,
popcorn and other snacks, is based in Farmington in central
Illinois. The company's direct delivery range includes the central
and northern portions of the state, excluding the greater Chicago
area, as well as parts of Iowa and Missouri.
Utz is based in Hanover, Pennsylvania. " We very excited
about the opportunity to add this important snack food brand
and set of capabilities to our portfolio, " " Since the 1930s,
Kitchen Cooked brings a strong consumer following and unique
craft heritage in its core markets, " Utz CEO Dylan Lissette said.
" Their distribution and manufacturing capabilities, along with
their customer relationships, enhance our ability to grow our Utz
brand portfolio further west. "
The merger will mean the eventual closure of Kitchen
Cooked's production facility in Bushnell, Illinois.
Vietnamese producer eyes increased mango
processing
Vietnamese food producer Hai Thanh recently expanded from
seafood processing to fruits and has its sights set on satisfying
the increasing demand for mangoes.
Hai Thanh purchased a Kronen GS 10-2 belt-cutting machine to
move away from manually cutting mangoes to doing it automatically.
It has increased mango processing from 25 kilograms an hour
per person it to up 500 kilograms per hour with the automated
cutter. The company processes fresh and frozen mangoes.
The GS 10-2 is equipped with a grid-cutting device specially
developed for mango dicing, which has been developed in
the course of a beneficial cooperation of many experienced
Vietnamese factory managers of fresh-cut companies with
Kronen and its official Vietnamese representation Song Song.
The grid has been adapted to the size of the mango dices
24 JANUARY/ FEBRUARY 2 0 2 0
Poll gauges public acceptance of lab-produced
food
In lieu of the recent trend of plant-based meats that look and
taste like beef, a new poll recently was conducted to gauge public
acceptance for laboratory-produced food products.
The results of the poll show awareness and interest in
technology-driven foods but also the need for transparency
and education to remove fears and potentially drive adoption.
However, younger consumers appear to be more open to
embracing the laboratory as a new route to food production.
Charleston|Orwig - a Wisconsin-based strategic marketing
and communications agency serving food and agriculture -
worked with two research partners, Maeve Webster of Menu

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