The farmsoft team has released a suite of Potato packing software solutions for processing, sorting, and grading of potato and potato value added manufacturing. The farmsoft potato Packing solution is designed for all sizes of pack-houses and pack sheds, and includes extensive quality control solutions based on potato quality requirements.
Potato packing solution for less waste and better potato traceability
Potato packing by farmsoft for less waste and better potato traceability in potato packing & processing space. Manage the entire potato packing process from delivery, processing (sizing, sorting, french fries manufacture, grading) thru to to sales, dispatch, and traceability & recall.
Market Report Austria, KW 13:
'Breather for potato packing companies, increasing onion exports'
The situation on the Austrian market for table potatoes has settled again after the extremely turbulent past weeks. Many households are now well stocked with food. Sales in the food retail trade have declined accordingly in recent days. In any case, the catering and wholesale trade has been almost at a standstill since the beginning of last week. Exports are also still not an issue. Uncertainty in view of the recent sales slackness does not arise however in the industry. Inventories are now quite manageable and should be sufficient for domestic supplies until the start of the early potato season. Farmers are also still willing to sell.
There is no change in prices compared to the previous week. In Lower Austria at the beginning of the week a price range of 22 to 28 Euro/100 kg depending on variety and quality was mentioned, whereby 25 Euro/100 kg are usually paid for wireworm-free, small packable premium goods with AMA quality seal. Prices of up to 32 Euro/100 kg were reported from Upper Austria. However, only very manageable quantities are available here. Kenya: German firm to set up seven potato packing plants
The potato sector in Nyandarua county has received a major boost after an international German firm has committed to set up seven potato pack houses. The officials of BASF, a leading chemical company, visited Nyandarua governor Francis Kimemia, where they pledged to support the project estimated to cost over Sh500 million (€4.4 mln).
The county and the company are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding in April of this year. BASF Vice President for Africa, Michael Gotsche, expects the construction work to commence in October: “Through BASF’s Performance Material Solutions, Nyandarua farmers will be able to store their produce under hygienic and optimum storage conditions in packhouse facilities currently being developed.” He noted that a technical committee whose activities would be coordinated by Kenya Investment Authority had been formed to see to it that the project run smoothly.
Potato packing: We understand your businesses and have been supporting potato packing businesses since 2001.
Manage the entire potato packing process from delivery, processing (sizing, sorting, French fries manufacture, grading and packing) thru to to sales, dispatch, and traceability & recall. Potato packing app manages potato deliveries, washing, sorting, packing, and potato sales (bulk and packed bags). Deduct tare of potato deliveries, pack potatoes to order, and manage potato logistics...
Potato packing by farmsoft for less waste and better potato traceability in potato packing & processing space.
Manage potato packing process for any packaging type including net bags, jute bags, film bags, woven bags, paper bags, trays, transport packaging and FIBC’s / Big Bags, 1 ton totes and more. Potato packing process:
The farmsoft solution supports many potato packing processes and can be configured to support any potato packing business. Here is an example process used in farmsoft potato packing: We are experts in the potato packing and processing space, and have performed multiple solution deployments in potato packing, potato processing, potato storage, and potato wholesaling companies in USA, Canada, and Australia.
Potato packing solutions
There are so many possibilities. Therefore, it’s really helpful if someone helps you find the right solution. Not only are there a number of ways to pack potatoes, but there are also a number of methods to keep the potatoes fresh in their packaging. This helps give the potatoes a longer shelf life but also keeps them good after purchase. The longer the potatoes stay fresh, the less it will produce food waste. “JASA can help to come up with the perfect solution for our customers”, Piet Pannekeet explains. “It all depends on whether you are packing processed or unprocessed potatoes. With certain packaging techniques, we can create the most optimal conditions for the products. Together with the customers, we look at the wishes and the possibilities before creating a complete packaging line.”
Multifunctional lines for potato packing
Multifunctionality is an important part of the process for JASA and her customers. “We want to create flexible machines that offer several packaging solutions. We want to make sure that our machines have a very short changeover time. We can also add a bypass to the line. This gives our customers the option to pack the potatoes in both trays and bags at the same time, increasing the packaging capacity per minute. Depending on the chosen options, our lines can process 25-100 packages per minute.”
Sustainable packing of potatoes
There are a few factors involved when choosing your new packaging solution. The first factor is to create a good work environment. We need to decide which machines need to be included and how we can optimize the complete packaging line. The next thing we will look at is which packages the customer wants to create and how can we make sure that the potatoes will be packed in the right conditions. The flexibility of the machine also plays a part in choosing the right machine. On top of that, sustainable packaging also plays a large role in the choice of the correct packaging solution.
With a focus on less plastic packaging, less environmental pollution, and more sustainable solutions, there is a new kind of pressure on the packaging industry. That’s why JASA created Bag-2-Paper™. This new revolutionary paper packaging solution is for products such as unprocessed potatoes. The potatoes are packed in 100% paper* packages. These paper packages can be recycled with the rest of the papers.
Sustainable tray packing for potatoes
Are you currently packing potatoes in a plastic sealed cardboard tray to keep the potatoes in place? We have a new sustainable solution for this too! Our new cardboard sleeve is a good alternative for the plastic packaging around the trays. The sleeve keeps the potatoes in place while keeping them visible at the same time. It’s the perfect solution for unprocessed potatoes. This will create a packaging solution that is 100% suitable for recycling.
Looking for a complete solution to pack potatoes? Reach out to our sales team, they are always happy to advise you on the possibilities for you.
Packing: POTATO, SOLANUM TUBEROSUM / SOLANACEAE
The most usual way to find potatoes is in bags and net sacks, thanks to the wide variety of packing machines that do this work. Among this type of packages there are the tubular mesh sacks of 1 and 2,5 kg and mesh sacks " Girsac" with an external string that acts as a label and as handles, with a capacity of 2 kg. This way of dispatching potatoes is understood as prepackaging, since the buyer must only choose the mesh or bag he prefers. Other materials used for these packages are plastic bags (perforated) or paper bags, used for small quantities: 2.5 (for plastic), 5,10,15 and 25 kg (for paper).
Another way to dispatch potatoes is in bulk; they usually come in sewn net sacks with a capacity superior to 5,10 and 25 kg, and they will be available for the consumer as free service. Other packages used are cardboard and wood boxes. Among the cardboard packages we find 6kg packages with a base of 500 xs 300 millimeters, trays covered with net for 2.5kg, 5kg boxes with lateral plastic holes to see the product and superior opening where the fingers are introduced to make manipulation easier, and also 12kg boxes. Research has been carried out to package potatoes in thermoplastic, checking the good results in quality conservation. Nevertheless, it is a very expensive system for such a low price product as the potato is.
Postharvest Potato Atmosphere Management
The main procedures after harvesting will be the curing, during which potatoes are put under temperatures around 20ºC to heal the injuries in the skin. They can also be put under cooling treatment, although it is not very usual. Potatoes intended for human consumption and stored for long periods of time will be put under chemical treatment in order to avoid sprouting and to prevent the attack of insects. The behaviour of potatoes after harvesting will depend on the type of potato, whether it is early or late. In the case of late varieties, potatoes must be regarded as an organ which has stopped growing, thus the activity of its metabolism will be low. Its skin has matured and therefore it will be less sensitive to the microorganisms attack, dehydration and mechanical damages. All the opposite in the case of early potatoes. The postharvest actions that must be carried out are curing, precooling and treatments to avoid germination.
- the curing consists of submitting the recently harvested potatoes under high temperatures for a period so as to heal the harvesting damages. This process helps to the regeneration of the damaged skin. During the curing there is an important loss of water, although the beneficial effects are greater.
If the damages are healed, we prevent other types of diseases caused by microorganisms that penetrate through the open wounds.
The curing will take place at 15-20ºC, 85-90% relative humidity for 5 to 10 days. This can be also done at lower temperatures, 7-15ºC; it is a slower process, but there are less rots.
Relative humidity must be high, but one must avoid the appearance of free water films on the tuber, since that would stop the skin’s cellular regeneration and will favour the development of bacteria.
-precooling is not often applied to potatoes, since there are better results if temperatures are slowly reduced. Nevertheless, in exceptional warm temperatures periods, they use hydrocooling, that is to say, water cooling.
- treatments to prevent germination are applied on potatoes intended for fresh consumption after long time storages. These chemical treatments prevent sprouting and they can be done in the field, during the weeks previous to harvesting, or during the postharvest.
There is another irreversible way to inhibit germination, applying gamma rays. With this irradiation insects can also be controlled. However, the cost of the facilities and the consumer’s reluctance for ‘irradiated’ produce limits its use.
Postharvest potato quality
They are many alterations in potatoes, from mechanical damages produced after the harvesting, sprouting, blight, the attack of insects and bacteria that cause rots, chilling injury, the presence of sweet flavours and the greening caused by light expositions.
- Mechanical damages
This phenomenon is more appreciable in early potatoes, since they are less protected. Peeling, bruises, cuts and breaks are the main damages, being sensitivity at its high degree when the potato’s temperature is low. The bruised tubers are removed from the rest, since they have a short conservation and they are easily attacked by microorganisms.
These damages may appear in any of the handling stages, since there is a high degree of mechanization.
- Black spots
They are the evidence of the tuber’s bad handling. This dark zone appears in the surface and deepens in the pulp. Sensitivity to this injury increases when the tubers are cold, reason why it is recommended not to harvest or handle in these conditions.
The tubers sprouting proves that the period of maturation has finished. The buds reduce the produce commercial.