July/August 2022 - 16

EQUIPMENT
LEAFY GREENS
 Kronen's washing equipment was designed
to accommodate the need for a better way
to pre-wash leafy greens. Photos: Kronen
Cutting-edge leafy greens washing
KRONEN'S NEW WASHING TECHNOLOGY, YEARS IN
THE MAKING, RELEASED AT FRUIT LOGISTICA
By Melanie Epp
Contributing Writer
IT'S BEEN OVER TWO YEARS since
visitors and exhibitors last met in Berlin,
Germany, for Fruit Logistica, which has
kept equipment suppliers from showcasing
new developments in person. Given the goahead
for 2022, the trade fair opened its
doors and welcomed over 40,000 visitors.
Kronen was there to showcase its GEWA
AF and GEWA XL leafy greens washing
equipment. In a recent interview, Russell
Quandt, Kronen sales manager for the
U.S., explained what makes the washers
so innovative.
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Gentle, efficient, economical
Gentle, efficient and economical are
the three words Quandt used when
describing Kronen's new leafy greens
washing equipment. A high-value
product, leafy greens are delicate and
prone to damage from mechanical stress,
a problem Quandt said Kronen customers
wanted addressed.
Introduced at Fruit Logistica this year,
GEWA AF has been years in the making.
Its design is driven by the need for a
better way to pre-wash leafy greens and
remove foreign material, while improving
efficiency, reducing water usage and
saving energy Quandt explained.
" The idea is to do the best job on
the front end so there's less pressure to
perform during the main wash, " he said.
GEWA AF uses
" act ive
flume "
technology that envelopes product into
moving water. Rather than dropping
onto a surface and being pulled in by
water agitation, the greens go into the
wash tank submerged. Paddles and
conveyors, which can cause mechanical
damage to delicate product, are no
longer needed, which means delicate
greens - kale, iceberg lettuce, baby
greens, spinach, and microgreens - are
better protected while being thoroughly
cleaned. The infeed technology made its

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