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Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability

Use farmsoft to manage the entire Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability packing operation for any Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability specialty products including spinach, baby kale, green coral, mignonette, butter lettuce, 4 leaf salads, baby cos, rocket, arugula, chives, basil, bunch dill, bunch kale curly, bunch kale deck, bunch mint, bunch silver-beet, bunch tarragon, bunch thyme, tuscan kale, chard, continental parsley, cochran iceberg, cochran cos, mizuna, chard, salad blends, organic salad packs, Asian mix, braising mix, frissee, organic raw, raddichio, Lollorosa, red romaine, spring mix, wild arugula.

Configure the ingredients for each Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability recipe, project the required materials, produce orders based on requirements (or schedule new harvests or new plantings) to ensure Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability packing is accurate and easy to manage.  

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability


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Customers can use the portal to enter their Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability salad loose leaf lettuce orders online; give your customers a superior mixed salad loose leaf lettuce ordering experience.  You can even collect customer feedback for mixed salad loose leaf lettuce products received by the customer in the mixed salad loose leaf lettuce portal.  

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Precoolers help produce and fresh cuts stay fresh longer

Forced-air precoolers are essential to grower-packers around the world, in order to preserve freshness and shelf-life for fruits, vegetables, and flowers. “The simple fact is that, the faster you remove the field heat, and get the perishable to ideal storage temperature,” explained Jim Still, president of Global Cooling Inc., “the more saleable weight you retain, and the longer shelf life you have.”


“We are seeing increased interest from a number of fresh cut processors and packers, for ‘re-cooling’” claimed Still. “When they select or pull their raw product from cold storage, be it fruit, vegetables, or dip” he explained, “nearly everything starts at the ideal long-term storage temperature. But then - before, during, and after cutting and / or packaging - the product temperature can creep up into the mid-40-degree-farenheit range, sometimes even a little hotter. This is not a good thing for freshness and shelf-life, not to mention the “sell by” dates.”



Jet precooler production run


“This is when our Precoolers can be used as ‘Re-Coolers’”, he explained. “So many facilities’ managers, have little option but to put the pallets of packaged fresh cut, into their cold rooms’ pallet racking, and leave it there overnight to cool back down.” This, according to Still, is not best practices, nor does it maximize the shelf-life of the products. “Those ‘Best if Used By Dates’ on the packaging,” he stated, “are only reliable if the cold chain is unbroken. And if the recooling time after packaging is too long, well….”, he hesitated, seeming to try to find the right words, “well, your shelf life is variable. “


“Our precoolers can re-cool palletized fresh cuts in one or two hours,” he claimed, “when set up in an existing cold room. Most often, additional refrigeration is not needed.” This is because, according to Still, the heat load coming off of fresh cuts “is much much less than with field temperature produce, often only 10-degrees-farenheit as opposed to 50- or 60-degrees. “ Still said that the speed of recooling with his equipment, “greatly simplifies the job of the operations manager, to have a predictable and reliable recooling time, instead of constantly checking on pallets every hour or two in cold storage to see how they are doing.”


Jet precooler recooling ripe avocados


Global’s precoolers are being used for other purposes, Still said, including drying onions, recooling ripened avocados, drying just-washed RPCs, recooling grapes and blueberries after fumigation, cooling cherries in MAP for export, and more. “Being located in Philadelphia, home of the cheese steak sandwich, “it is only a matter of time before we have a precooler used to temper beef before slicing,” he smiled.


“We have one customer that uses Jet-Ready Precoolers to speed-thaw pallets of frozen guacamole,” explained Still. “During peak avocado harvest time, they make a lot more guacamole than they can sell fresh, so the rest goes into frozen storage. And there is a lot of it,” he said. “Before they came to us, it was taking 30 days to thaw pallets of frozen product with room cooling, or maybe better put as ‘room thawing’, in a 34-degree-farenheit room. When you are shipping two truckloads a day, this meant that, at any given time, they might have as many as 1,200 pallets of product in cold storage, just slowly thawing. What a nightmare for operations, and what an expensive proposition.”


Jim Still and Haile Johnston of Common Market Philly


After purchasing three of Global’s Jet-Ready Precoolers, and putting them to work in their 34-degree rooms in Los Angeles, Houston, and Newark, the thawing process is now accomplished in 12 hours. “Talk about night and day,” beamed Still. “Can you just imagine the difference our Jets made to this customer? Instead of hundreds and hundreds of thawing pallets in the cold room, he has at most 40 on an average day. And think about what the speed thawing process does for saleable shelf life and food safety….” He concluded, his words left hanging in the air.


Global’s factory is located in the Philly Navy Yard Business Park, nearby to this week’s Democratic National Convention, just off Broad Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “The city has closed both off ramps from I-95 to South Broad Street,” said Still, “as part of their security efforts. It’s an inconvenience, but a small price to pay to help safeguard our liberties and freedom.”


At the Navy Yard, Global manufactures both the portable Jet-Ready, and the palletracking-based Rapid-Cool, Precoolers, both of which are steadily growing in popularity among growers and warehousemen alike. “It might seem incongruent that a postharvest company is based on the East Coast,” continued Still, “when so many of the farms are on the West Coast, Texas, Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean.” “But I like to think that some other revolutionary and valuable ideas had Philadelphia as their birthplace too,” he grinned. “And fresh cut facilities are most often located close to the regions or cities that they serve,” he explained, “which means we have quite a few of them in the Philly, New York, Baltimore, Boston corridor.”

New integrated sorting system for fresh-cut apples introduced

Key Technology introduced its new sorting system for fresh-cut apple products. This versatile solution integrates Key’s Iso-Flo® shakers, rotary sizing and grading systems, belt conveyors and a VERYX® digital sorter. Removing pieces of stem, seeds, calyx/flower and core as well as foreign material and product defects like dark and light stains, rot and skin, this apple sorting line automates inspection to significantly improve overall product quality and increase yield while reducing labor requirements.

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability



“Until now, fresh-cut apple processors around the world have typically relied on manual inspection to achieve their quality objectives. With our new apple sorting line, they’re able to automate and transform their entire operation,” said Karel Van Velthoven, Advanced Inspection Systems Product Marketing Manager at Key. “Beyond improving product quality and reducing operating costs, this totally new sorting strategy massively increases product recovery. Before, people inspected halves or wedges, so a lot of good product was lost with each defect. By placing VERYX after the cutter, the sorter inspects smaller apple pieces such as cubes and strips - every defect that’s removed takes much less good product out with it.”

This integrated solution gently sorts peeled and skin-on apples, as well as pears, which are cut in a variety of sizes and shapes including cubes, strips and wedges. With VERYX sorters available in different sizes, Key can design apple sorting lines for processors with production capacities from 3 to 15 metric tons (6,600 to 33,000 lb.) per hour.

The new solution begins with belt conveyors that transfer whole, halved or sliced apples, after they are peeled and cored, to Key’s Sliver Sizer Remover (SSR), which mechanically removes fines that result from the peeling and coring process. The product then continues to either a cutter that cuts the apples into different sizes and shapes or, if already sliced, directly on to the sorter.

Precoolers help produce and fresh cuts stay fresh longer

Forced-air precoolers are essential to grower-packers around the world, in order to preserve freshness and shelf-life for fruits, vegetables, and flowers. “The simple fact is that, the faster you remove the field heat, and get the perishable to ideal storage temperature,” explained Jim Still, president of Global Cooling Inc., “the more saleable weight you retain, and the longer shelf life you have.”


“We are seeing increased interest from a number of fresh cut processors and packers, for ‘re-cooling’” claimed Still. “When they select or pull their raw product from cold storage, be it fruit, vegetables, or dip” he explained, “nearly everything starts at the ideal long-term storage temperature. But then - before, during, and after cutting and / or packaging - the product temperature can creep up into the mid-40-degree-farenheit range, sometimes even a little hotter. This is not a good thing for freshness and shelf-life, not to mention the “sell by” dates.”



Jet precooler production run


“This is when our Precoolers can be used as ‘Re-Coolers’”, he explained. “So many facilities’ managers, have little option but to put the pallets of packaged fresh cut, into their cold rooms’ pallet racking, and leave it there overnight to cool back down.” This, according to Still, is not best practices, nor does it maximize the shelf-life of the products. “Those ‘Best if Used By Dates’ on the packaging,” he stated, “are only reliable if the cold chain is unbroken. And if the recooling time after packaging is too long, well….”, he hesitated, seeming to try to find the right words, “well, your shelf life is variable. “


“Our precoolers can re-cool palletized fresh cuts in one or two hours,” he claimed, “when set up in an existing cold room. Most often, additional refrigeration is not needed.” This is because, according to Still, the heat load coming off of fresh cuts “is much much less than with field temperature produce, often only 10-degrees-farenheit as opposed to 50- or 60-degrees. “ Still said that the speed of recooling with his equipment, “greatly simplifies the job of the operations manager, to have a predictable and reliable recooling time, instead of constantly checking on pallets every hour or two in cold storage to see how they are doing.”


Jet precooler recooling ripe avocados


Global’s precoolers are being used for other purposes, Still said, including drying onions, recooling ripened avocados, drying just-washed RPCs, recooling grapes and blueberries after fumigation, cooling cherries in MAP for export, and more. “Being located in Philadelphia, home of the cheese steak sandwich, “it is only a matter of time before we have a precooler used to temper beef before slicing,” he smiled.


“We have one customer that uses Jet-Ready Precoolers to speed-thaw pallets of frozen guacamole,” explained Still. “During peak avocado harvest time, they make a lot more guacamole than they can sell fresh, so the rest goes into frozen storage. And there is a lot of it,” he said. “Before they came to us, it was taking 30 days to thaw pallets of frozen product with room cooling, or maybe better put as ‘room thawing’, in a 34-degree-farenheit room. When you are shipping two truckloads a day, this meant that, at any given time, they might have as many as 1,200 pallets of product in cold storage, just slowly thawing. What a nightmare for operations, and what an expensive proposition.”


Jim Still and Haile Johnston of Common Market Philly


After purchasing three of Global’s Jet-Ready Precoolers, and putting them to work in their 34-degree rooms in Los Angeles, Houston, and Newark, the thawing process is now accomplished in 12 hours. “Talk about night and day,” beamed Still. “Can you just imagine the difference our Jets made to this customer? Instead of hundreds and hundreds of thawing pallets in the cold room, he has at most 40 on an average day. And think about what the speed thawing process does for saleable shelf life and food safety….” He concluded, his words left hanging in the air.


Global’s factory is located in the Philly Navy Yard Business Park, nearby to this week’s Democratic National Convention, just off Broad Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “The city has closed both off ramps from I-95 to South Broad Street,” said Still, “as part of their security efforts. It’s an inconvenience, but a small price to pay to help safeguard our liberties and freedom.”


At the Navy Yard, Global manufactures both the portable Jet-Ready, and the palletracking-based Rapid-Cool, Precoolers, both of which are steadily growing in popularity among growers and warehousemen alike. “It might seem incongruent that a postharvest company is based on the East Coast,” continued Still, “when so many of the farms are on the West Coast, Texas, Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean.” “But I like to think that some other revolutionary and valuable ideas had Philadelphia as their birthplace too,” he grinned. “And fresh cut facilities are most often located close to the regions or cities that they serve,” he explained, “which means we have quite a few of them in the Philly, New York, Baltimore, Boston corridor.”


Global Cooling Inc. - Simply Powerful Precoolers –

Jim Still

Media, PA 19063 USA

Phone: 1-844-858-4621

www.PreCoolers.net

Fresh-cut and ready-to-eat ranges will become more popular

Fresh-cut sales continue to increase and the phenomenon is expected to continue for the simple reason that very few families purchase them regularly.


"In 2017, the fresh-cut and ready-to-eat product trend has grown by 4% in both volume and value compared to 2016. Industrial brands have increased their share by 8% despite their market share already being 40%," explains AIIPA fresh-cut President Gianfranco D'Amico (in photo).


Aiipa presented a research from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan titled "Market positioning of fresh and ready-to-eat vegetable products within the retail industry."

Interviewees reported consuming single-variety (around 50%) and mixed salad bags (48%) occasionally (2/3 times a week) or often (almost every day). This is definitely a testimony to the trust people have for the category and its service content. The increase in vegetable consumption is due mainly to the "time for money" concept - people have less time to cook and therefore prefer products that are ready to eat (46%) with a practical packaging (30%).




"There is still a lot that needs to be done, but this is a stimulus to keep segmenting the supply. 80% of consumers see fresh-cut products on the shelves but still won't buy it. Companies need to invest in research to gain the favour of these consumers. We need to segment supplies and widen our range, but retailers need to play their part too."


By saying that "retailers need to play their part too", the president means that very little space is destined to refrigerated vegetables in supermarkets. Almost all vegetable processing facilities operate in controlled temperature conditions, but there are very few refrigerated counters in stores.



"The price of fresh-cut produce is a false problem, as consumers don't have an exact perception of the price of these products. They buy them but would not be able to say how much they cost. Even though price was reported as a factor that led to a reduced consumption of vegetables, consumers still wouldn't change their habits, even if the products cost less. Consumers are willing to pay what it takes to make their life easier. Soups and bowls are part of this reasoning as well."


Final hurdle removed for bananas in fresh-cut industry

The newest fresh-cut offerings include bananas. This fruit is very difficult to handle in the ready-to-eat segment, due to its rapid oxidation and degradation, but it was made possible by the Agribologna research and development department for the Fresco Senso brand.

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability

Desiree Magagnoli

"All the new Fresco Senso products - said Desiree Magagnoli, responsible for the fresh-cut area - are a proof of our strong vocation towards innovation. Specialists in the field are aware of how difficult it was to successfully overcome this challenge in the fresh-cut sector. It is no coincidence that we have invested three years in Research and Development in order to achieve this result. We can proudly say that we are the first in doing so".

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability

"The sweet banana flavor will now better balance our mixed fruit products. The Aromi di Miele line is an additional and very satisfying achievement for us. It made up 15% of the total single-portion summer production for Fresco Senso. A very good result, if we think about the broad range of our summer assortment, so rich in single fruit and mixed proposals".

"The summer campaign - she added - was greatly successful with the many new watermelon proposals, which were very popular among consumers, as a result of the use of a particular low residual water content variety grown by the Agribologna members. Through these constant product innovations, Fresco Senso continues its ten-year long activity in pursuing excellence, a success story for the Agribologna Group".

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability

2019 marks a very successful year for the fresh-cut fruit and vegetable brand, which will conclude with record numbers, given the very positive summer. Continuously new investments in the research and development of products and processes confirm this plant as the leading one in Italy in terms of production capacity. After being active for three years, Agribologna's Research & Development department has reached the goal of including bananas in the fresh-cut sector, while it has also expanded its range of 'Aromi di Miele' products. Total production is expected to be around 2.400 tons of fruit for the San Pietro in Casale group plant, which employs 100 specialized human resources.

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability

The Fresco Senso brand is very respectful of the environment. All the new references (150 g mix) 'with banana' will be available in 'easy open' glass packages, made of R-PET, made of 20-30% of recycled material. From January, the two references 'Cuori di Frutta' will be equipped with a bamboo stick. The 'Energia e Gusto', will have a wooden fork. Commitment to research and environmental sustainability remains at the heart of Agribologna's projects.

Contact and information:
Consorzio Agribologna S.c.a.

Via delle Viti, 5
40127 Bologna (BO)
Phone.: +39 051 994 1200
Fax: +39 051 994 1220
Email: info@agribologna.it
Website: www.agribologna.it


"Fresh cut and ready-made products are no longer a trend, but a need"

At this year's edition of Fruit Attraction, there has been a noteworthy rise in the popularity of fresh cut and ready-made products. Among the new ones, Primeale has stood out with its innovative microwave range, with three kinds of potatoes in exclusive packaging, one of Brussels sprout hearts and another of Bobby beans that can be cooked after just two knife cuts.

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability


Left: David López Cerro, commercial and marketing director; right: Mikel Elorza, general director of Primeale.

Fresh cut products take hold at Fruit Attraction
Primeale has developed new products that facilitate the preparation of vegetables, and these are included in the Gourmet range. In addition to offering an innovative concept for cooking that helps the consumer enjoy a quality dish in just a few minutes, the greatest feature of the Primeale Gourmet brand is the quality of its carefully selected products.

For David López Cerro, commercial and marketing director of Primeale, the company's participation in this edition “has been our passage to adulthood. We are no longer just a producer of fresh, unprocessed products, and we are seeking to revolutionize the sector with new formats and innovative concepts when it comes to cooking.”

Among the new releases presented by Primeale there is a microwave range consisting of three references of Jazzy and Laurette potatoes with an exclusive packaging of kraft paper and another of Brussels sprouts hearts, in addition to Bobby beans ready to be cooked after just two knife cuts. “Customers who have visited us at our stand have seen this revolution and have expressed their satisfaction with our commitment and with the way we perceive the future of the category. We are very happy with the launch of the Primeale Gourmet brand and the drive towards innovation that it has given us,” said López Cerro.

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability

"If your team believes in an idea, customers will too"
Regarding the brand attributes of Primeale Gourmet, which are in line with trends like convenience and practicality, Mikel Elorza, general director of Primeale España says: “If you want your clients to believe in your ideas, everyone at the company has to believe in them first. The launch of the Primeale Gourmet brand is the result of a necessary commitment from all workers to a premium range. It is a change of mentality in which we have been working for several years.”

Trends turned into needs
Healthy eating and the growing popularity of the fresh cut and ready-made range have been among the most visible trends at Fruit Attraction. In this regard, the fruit and vegetable sector has all the ingredients to lead the way towards healthy, tasty and practical alternatives for everyday use. It is a sector with the potential to continue growing and developing ideas and formats that adapt to consumer demands in terms of mobility, immediacy and health.

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability

The functions of sustainable packaging
Sustainability in packaging is becoming increasingly important and there is an on-going search for materials that can replace plastic: paper, cardboard, recycled PET or even, as many suppliers exhibited at the fair, biodegradable formats made from organic substances.

"In this regard," says Primeale, "there is a considerable lack of information about the real implications of using one material or another, taking into account that packaging has several functions, including:

  • Protecting the quality of the raw material
  • Facilitating the product's transportation and distribution
  • Attracting the attention of the consumer
  • Providing information to the customers
  • And, in the case of microwaveable products, serving as a medium for cooking."
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability

Mikel Elorza, general director of Premiale, and Anylú Vidal, head of marketing and communication

Primeale España, a producer, packer and marketer in the fruit and vegetable sector, belongs to the second largest food cooperative group in France: Agrial. Its fresh division has three greatly recognized brands: Primeale for top-of-the-range vegetables, Florette for washed and ready-to-eat salads, and Créaline for already cooked creams and soups.

In Spain, Primeale has facilities and production areas in two locations: Jerez de la Frontera, in the province of Cádiz, and Portillo, in Valladolid.

A wide range of vegetables are cultivated, including carrots, leeks, cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts, beans of special varieties, such as Bobby or Kenya, garden peas, tear peas or radishes, as well as products with greater added value, such as the Jazzy potatoes of the microwave range, and the Brussels sprouts hearts marketed under the Primeale and Primeale Gourmet brands.

More information:
Anylú Vidal

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability


Head of marketing and communication
Primeale
Ctra. Nueva Jarilla, Km 1,2
11591 Gualdalcacín
Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz. Spain
T: +34 956 15 77 49
anvidal@primeale.es
www.primeale.es

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability

A conveyor then carries the apple cubes, strips, dices or wedges to an Iso-Flo infeed shaker that spreads the product for presentation to a mechanical Precision Size Grader (PSG), which removes small pieces that are generated in the cutting process. Next, a Key Iso-Flo dewatering shaker removes any residual water while spreading and singulating product to feed the downstream VERYX sorter.

VERYX can also be equipped with Key’s powerful Information Analytics software, which allows users to analyze and share big data across their enterprise via an OPCUA-compliant infrastructure. Data about the sort process and about each and every object flowing through the sorter, whether the data is used to make sort decisions or not, is available to reveal patterns, trends and associations to optimize processes upstream and downstream of the sorter.

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability

For more information:
Shayla Wentz
Key Technology
Tel: +1 509 529 2161
Email: swentz@key.net
www.key.net



“Especially now, offering fresh-cut pineapple cut from a machine is very popular”

While the pandemic has brought many changes to all levels of the produce industry supply chain, for Piñabar, the machine that cuts pineapples for consumers inside of grocery stores, the disruption has fortunately been minimal. Michel van Keeken explains: “We saw the initial dip, like everyone did, but we actually resumed normal operations quite quickly. At the start, everyone was being extra cautious, but after about a month and a half we saw everything start back up.”

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability

High retail movement and pineapple surplus
For Piñabar, there were a few aspects which helped increase their popularity in the past few months. While there are opportunities for Piñabar in the foodservice industry, the company is currently working mainly with retailers and the machine is present in supermarkets and grocery stores. Van Keeken says: “The supermarkets of course continued to run at full speed, and often at an even higher speed than normal. This gave them the room to continue their investments quite quickly after the outbreak of the pandemic.”

With the loss of the foodservice industry, which was a major outlet for pineapple producers, there was also a slight oversupply of pineapples in the market. “This made retailers more interested in the machines: they had more product to sell, and we have the numbers to prove that more pineapples are sold when there is a Piñabar in the store,” Van Keeken shares.

Focus on food safety
During the pandemic, even though it has been made clear by authorities that the coronavirus is not foodborne, the consumer focus on food safety has increased. This can be seen in the trend toward increased packaging rather than the ‘naked’ produce items and has also been experienced first-hand by Piñabar. “We saw in multiple countries that there was an interest for the Piñabar because the stores wanted to offer fresh-cut pineapple, but they wanted to ensure that the consumers felt that the product was safe,” says Van Keeken. “So, having a machine cut up the pineapple rather than a person helps make the consumers feel more secure in the food safety of their pineapples.”

The machine was developed with food safety at the top of mind and Piñabar even offers models that can be used with minimal touching: “We have a model where the lid opens automatically through the push of a button. If the consumer pushes the button with their elbow, then there really is minimal chance of any sort of contamination,” Van Keeken explains.

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability

Expansion in the US market
The Piñabar is distributed throughout the world and Van Keeken has noticed that some markets recovered faster than others. “The Asian market hasn’t really fully returned to normal yet, and in the US it depends on the state. Right now, we are in a testing phase with a major retailer in the US: they have a Piñabar in their highest performing store in every state. The first phase was very successful and we’re now moving into the next phase.” The Piñabar is already available in stores throughout the US: “They have proven to be popular in Chicago, on the West Coast, and on the southern East Coast.”

“One consideration is the size of the machine: it’s pretty big and so in New York City, for example, it’s not practical to have it in the supermarkets because there is limited space.” With this in mind, Piñabar is planning on releasing a new, smaller model of the machine this year. “This version can be put on top of a table or a bar, and will really expand the possibilities of the machine,” Van Keeken concludes.

For more information:
Michel Van Keeken
Dutch Food Technology
Tel: +31 434100044
Email: michel@dutchfoodtechnology.com
www.pinabar.org

Sales of fresh-cut fruit picking up again

“We are fortunate that the majority of our business across Europe is with grocery retailers and not with food service – which has been especially hard hit. Just before the lock down we did gain a major new food service customer but that has been put on hold for the moment,” said Simon Derrick from Blue Skies who supply fresh cut fruit, fresh juice and dairy free ice cream to the retail trade.

“People are still buying fresh cut fruit, but the demand for “Food to Go” products, such as smaller fruit packs and sandwiches, has fallen with the reduction in people buying their lunch ‘on the go’! Across Europe we saw overall sales go up just before the lock downs came into place but they then declined steeply to the point where overall we were down by over 30%.”

According to Simon people are still buying pre-prepared fruit, because it’s healthy and convenient and also possibly because of the perceived standards. “We are seeing sales picking up again – with overall volumes rising by 15% in the last ten days. It is interesting that we are still seeing stronger sales growth in Europe (with the exception of France) than in the UK - in Belgium and Holland we have seen a quicker recovery to almost normal trading. These differences could be down to individual country’s lock down measures or consumers simply settling into a new way of shopping after a few weeks of this new normal.”

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability

Due to the short shelf-life of fresh cut fruit a good logistical chain is essential to get the product to market quickly, and Blue Skies relies primarily on airfreight.

“We would normally load our fruit into the cargo holds of passenger planes, but of course there are not many passenger flights in the air just now. Our products only have a 7-day shelf life, so sea freight is not an option for us. We have therefore had to completely rethink our logistics from one which was reliant on passenger aircraft to one which can now use freighters. We are fortunate to have an amazing team who have worked miracles for us in order to secure the freight capacity we need”

Sourcing from overseas:
Blue Skies source from a network of factories across Africa and South America, including Ghana, Egypt, South Africa and Brazil. With border restrictions and aircraft movements affecting countries in different ways, it has put increased pressure on the company’s logistics. “Fortunately, with the flexibility our model gives us, we have been able to work around the restrictions by moving production where necessary and adapting to use available airfreight capacity. It’s been tough going, but we’ve made it work.”

The company also recently opened a new state of the art factory in Benin, West Africa. “We are very excited about this new facility” says Simon. “Not only will it expand our capacity and sourcing flexibility, but it will also be a flagship in terms of green credentials for Blue Skies as it incorporates new technology and processes that allow us to significantly reduce water, plastic and chemical usage.”

Blue Skies is also fortunate to have the safety net of factory in the UK, which was opened 10 years ago after the Icelandic volcano disruption. “That was a big lesson for our business, because at that time we were entirely reliant on our overseas factories and then the skies over Europe shut down for a week - and a week without being able to supply retailers is a long time. Now, although the skies have shut down in terms of passenger flights, we still have cargo capacity and the facility in the UK. You could argue that the overall situation is much worse this time, but we are still managing to supply our retailers across Europe either by using freighters or by using imported whole fruit and preparing it in the UK.”

The UK factory was set up as a contingency for a situation such as this - but also plays an important role in normal times assembling fruit mixes from different sources and developing new product ideas with our customers for producing in our factories across the world.

Queens Award for Enterprise
On a very positive note Blue Skies was awarded its fourth Queens Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category.

The award recognises the development of the company’s pioneering sustainability plan, called the Blue Skies ‘Blueprint’. This is a set of commitments for People, Planet and Profit, designed to ensure the business can meet the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The Blueprint is created through the company’s ‘Measure Engage Action’ methodology, which enables the business to operate a cycle of continuous improvement based on being able to understand our impact, define our priorities and quickly implement actions to improve.

Chairman and Founder, Anthony Pile said “The principles of sustainable development are firmly embedded within our business, however we know there are growing issues of interest among our stakeholders, such as plastics, waste, and carbon emissions. Our Blueprint enables us to escalate focus on the most important areas and accelerate ideas and projects that will enable us to lead the way.”

For more information:
Simon Derrick
Blue Skies
simon.derrick@blueskies.com
www.blueskies.com


Shelf life extends in fresh cut

A long standing exhibitor at Fruit Logistica, Stepac, a part of DS Smith, Plastics Division is the manufacturer of Xtend® modified atmosphere / modified humidity freshness packaging solutions which is currently used in over 60 countries worldwide. StePac is pleased to unveil to the fresh produce industry two new exciting products: retail modified atmosphere packaging solutions for fresh cut vegetables and bulk modified atmosphere packaging for table grapes without sulfur pads.

“The results of applying Xtend modified atmosphere packaging technology to prolong the shelf life of fresh cut vegetables is very exciting”, says StePac’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Gary Ward, “We are seeing great results and the unique qualities of Xtend fresh cut retail packaging allow it to outsell that of competitor packed fresh cut vegetables in Brazil and Argentina.”

Engineered to meet the specific conditions needed for each produce item, Xtend Fresh Cut retail packaging is available for a variety of cut and leafy vegetables.

The specific climate of the grape growing regions of Peru have given rise to the development of Xtend bulk modified atmosphere packaging exclusive for Peruvian grapes as an alternative to using sulfur pads during long term storage and transportation. “Peruvian grape growers stand to benefit greatly by using Xtend packaging instead of sulfur pads since it reduces the occurrence of fruit bleaching and stem dehydration during typical supply chains from Peru. We expect this to be received favorably, especially in light of calls to ban the use of sulfur pads,” Says Dr. Gary Ward,” The packaging is now successfully being used in commercial shipments from Peru.”



The StePac team looks forward to meeting existing and prospective customers and business partners to share and discuss with them the use of StePac’s Xtend modified atmosphere/ modified humidity freshness packaging solutions and the opportunities that they provide.

Find us at Fruit Logistica Berlin from February 4-6 at the Messe Convention Center, Hall 3-2, booth C-21. To book a meeting, send an email to info@stepac.com .

Fresh-cut: Market demand for new range of antioxidants

Food Freshly will be bringing new solutions to Berlin. The German-based company is developing antioxidants that extend the shelf-life and improve the quality of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables.

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability

“Apart from traditional applications like apple slices, we are seeing a growing demand for innovative fresh-cut items such as bananas, avocado, and guacamole”, explains Benjamin Singh, Director of Technical Sales at Food Freshly. “Enzymatic browning and shelf-life are crucial challenges when it comes to processing these varieties. Therefore, Food Freshly has developed solutions, that help the industry to achieve up to 12 days of shelf-life for processed bananas and avocados.”

Furthermore, the company provides antioxidants for fresh-cut apples, pears, salads, and many other varieties. The products are harmless alternatives to preservatives and sulphites, and some are certified organic in the EU, the US, and Canada.

Food Freshly will be exhibiting at this year’s Fruit Logistica in Berlin in Hall 21, C-06.

For more information:
Benjamin Singh
Food Freshly AFC GmbH
Tel: +49 521 96 8787 15
Email: benjamin.singh@food-freshly.eu
www.food-freshly.eu

5th international online course on postharvest & fresh-cut technologies

The ‘5th International on-line Course on Postharvest & Fresh-cut Technologies’ will be offered starting in February by the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena in Spain. A total of 41 prestigious professors from the 5 continents, 20 countries and 30 universities or research centers will be the instructors. It consists of 50 recorded videos of 30 min that the participant will be able to watch at his/her convenience as many times as needed and finish the Course according to his/her availability up to 30th September 2020.

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability

In previous editions, more than 80 participants from 40 countries have already participated. The Course has constituted a forum of professional excellence aimed at training technicians and managers of postharvest companies, professionals, researchers and students from all over the world.

To view the entire course program, click here.

For more information:

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability
Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability

Fresh cut packing, storage, fresh cut sales & traceability


Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena
Email: postharvest@upct.es  
www.upct.es

Fresh cuts benefit from new, more-powerful Precooler/Recooler

The shelf-life of fresh-cut is more important than for fresh, because the price per pound is higher, and therefore waste and markdowns are more costly, the shelf-life is usually less to start with, and because of risk of foodborne illnesses if left too warm too long.


The “Fresh-Cut Precooler” is the newest innovation from industry-leader Global Cooling Inc., based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to inventor and company president James D Still, “our Fresh-Cut Precooler has 40 horsepower of fan power and delivers 50,000 cfm (cubic feet per minute). This assures that all fresh-cut produce packages can receive at least four or five cfm per pound, and be cooled just as fast as humanly possible.”


According to the FDA, holding fresh-cut produce at appropriate cold storage temperatures reduces the potential for microbial growth. In the USDA guide for defects in fresh cut produce, the majority of those listed can be related to improper temperature.


“Especially now that consumers are so organic-focused,” Still continued, “recooling of freshcut with forced-air is naturally an organic preservative, and modified atmosphere films work best when the produce is optimally cooled first”. The rate of respiration of fresh produce is inversely related to product shelf-life, which means that a higher respiration rate decreases shelf-life. Fresh fruits and vegetables that have been cut or otherwise physically altered will have increased respiration, and thus, a shorter shelf-life.



Fresh-cut Precooler in action at Sunny Ridge, Australia


Thus far, Jet Heavy-Duty precoolers are in use in Hawaii and Australia, where produce is even more costly than most mainland areas and countries. “The extra airflow from the Fresh-Cut precooler means retaining the freshest possible fresh-cut product for the longest possible time,” Still concluded.


At regional fresh processing centers, as the fresh-cut bags or clamshells are aggregated into cartons or RPCs, and then palletized for shipment to distribution centers, Global's new precoolers are placed in a nearby cold storage room, and provide for a forced-air precooling tunnel, instead of just using room cooling.


“With the heavier-duty Fresh-Cut precooler,” said Still, “final cooling or recooling is achieved almost twice as fast as with our Jet-Ready model, all other things being equal. “



Fresh-cut Precooler in action at Able Freight, Hawaii


Global Cooling Inc. manufactures the Jet-Ready, Jet-Heavy Duty, and Jet-Ripe portable precoolers, as well as the Rapid-Cool 2- and 3-tier high pallet racked precoolers.


“Our Jet Precoolers are made in America,” explained Global’s Vice President Jim J. Still, “right here in Philadelphia at the Philly Navy Yard business park. All of our components are the best that money can buy, and our portables are amazingly powerful, we consistently outperform bunker wall systems and farm‐built box fans time after time.


For more information:

Jim Still

Global Cooling Inc.

Tel: +1-844-858-4621

Solutions@Pre-Coolers.net

www.PreCoolers.net


Dole Fresh Cuts optimising supply chain

The Swedish subsidiary of Dole Food Company, Inc. will implement an IFS solution for the production and distribution of FMCG products.


IFS, a global provider of enterprise software, announced that Dole Fresh Cuts has decided to replace obsolete business systems with IFS Applications 9. The company's goal is to optimise the supply chain and workflows.


After analysing the solutions offered by different firms, Dole Fresh Cuts has selected IFS Applications 9, which will enable it to streamline its procurement and inventory processes, forecasting and production planning, distribution and financial invoicing support. Later on, the IFS comprehensive solution will include product development and quality management.


"Our goal is to implement a single, standardised ERP solution that will replace our outdated business systems. IFS Applications 9 stands out as the best fit to manage and improve our workflow and productivity. We are looking forward to the additional functionalities of IFS, because of the growing dynamics and rising needs of our operations," stated Stefan Grahn, managing director at Dole Fresh Cuts.



Source: portalspozywczy.pl

Global Cooling Inc. - Simply Powerful Precoolers –

Jim Still

Media, PA 19063 USA

Phone: 1-844-858-4621

www.PreCoolers.net

Saba Fresh Cuts OY announces ISO22000 certification

Saba Fresh Cuts OY, the Fresh Cuts plant of Dole in Finland has received from DNV Assurance the ISO22000 certification that reflects its full compliance with HACCP standards and food safety procedures.

"This certification is a recognition of the efforts of all our teams to reach excellence at every step of the production process and an uncompromising approach to food safety," says Stefan Grahn, General Manager at Saba Fresh Cuts. "This is an important achievement for Saba Fresh Cuts in Finland and an outstanding performance from our QA team led by Essi Martonen."



"We have been very pleased with the growth of our business in Finland since we took over in 2011," says Site Manager Pekka Vanhakylä. "Our turnover more than doubled between 2012 and 2013 and we can still see potential for further growth. We have elevated this plant to the highest international standards and are packing an increasing range of products. Thanks to the cooperation between Sweden and Finland we can offer the best processes for each product, while our location in Finland gives our customers a shorter lead time and fresher overall product. Our introduction of freshly cut fruits and vegetables, along with specialities such as cooking greens and wasabi rucola, has strengthened our position within Foodservice. It takes time for consumers to switch to our products but once they do, they change their purchasing behaviour for good. "

For more information:
Stefan Grahn
Saba Fresh Cuts OY
Tel : +46(0)42.24.96.00
Email: stefan.grahn@saba.se
www.saba.se


Saba Fresh Cuts AB & Saba Fresh Cuts OY

Dole Food Company sells Fresh Cut businesses in Sweden and Finland

Yesterday, Dole Food Company, Inc., announced that there is an agreement to sell Saba Fresh Cuts AB and Saba Fresh Cuts OY to BAMA International.

Saba Fresh Cuts AB -with production facilities in Helsingborg Sweden- and Saba Fresh Cuts OY -with production facilities in Espoo Finland- are producers of washed and ready-to-eat salads. The companies prepare and sell various fresh-cut salads and vegetables to the retail and foodservice industry in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany and the Baltic States.

The sale of Saba Fresh Cuts AB was a necessary condition of the European Commission’s approval of the investment by Total Produce into Dole in July 2018.

“I am very pleased with the outcome of this sale in meeting the EU’s requirement,” said Mr. Johan Linden, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dole Food Company, “and I am confident that Saba Fresh Cuts will be in good hands under BAMA’s ownership.”

“We are pleased to announce this agreement with Dole for Saba Fresh Cuts. Convenience products and ready-to-eat salads and vegetables is a fast growing category in all markets, and Saba Fresh Cuts is a solid and very professional player, with a strong organization and high-quality products. We look forward to working together,” added Rune Flaen, Chief Executive Officer of BAMA Group.

According to  apnews.com¸ the transaction is expected to close in Q1 2019 and is subject to approval by the European Commission. Dole was advised by investment bank and financial services company Houlihan Lokey in this transaction.

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