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Fruit & vegetable canning process for food manufacturers
Vegetable and Fruit canning
Canning Vegetables and Fruits is a great way of preserving the shelf life, and the packaging then makes for easy distribution. Canning is the most popular method when it comes to distributing certain fruits and vegetables to the market place such as; tomatoes, beans, corn, peas and pineapple.
Canning fresh fruits or vegetables is a process that requires a heating process until the appropriate temperature is reached, selecting the right container, and a good filling and packaging technology.
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Fruit and vegetable canning
There are two canning methods: hot water bath canning and pressure canning.
Hot water canning is used exclusively for high acid food with pH values of 4.6 or lower. The acidity can be natural (as it is in most fruits, jams, and jellies) or added, as in pickled vegetables and most tomatoes (bottled lemon juice is a common acidic ingredient in these recipes). Acidic foods contain enough acid to block the growth, or destroy botulinum bacteria rapidly when heated.
Food that is not acidic enough must be canned using a pressure canner in order to prevent the growth of botulism. Low-acid foods have pH values higher than 4.6 and include red meats, seafood, poultry, and all fresh vegetables. Only cooking under pressure will ensure all the contents of a low acid food will reach the correct temperature of 240 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit to kill off any botulism spores.
Essential Canning Equipment
To get started with the canning process, you’ll need some basic canning equipment:
- Canning jars and seals: Only use jars specifically designed for canning, like mason jars. When you first purchase canning jars, they will come with a ring and self-sealing lid. You can reuse rings but the canning lids are single use only.
The fruit and vegetables canning, pickling, and drying market includes companies manufacturing canned, pickled, and dried vegetables, fruits and specialty foods. These establishments may package the dried or dehydrated ingredients they make along with other purchased ingredients.
Fruit And Vegetables Canning, Pickling, And Drying Global Market Size
The global fruit and vegetable canning, pickling, and drying market was valued at around $200 billion in 2017. North America was the largest region in the fruit and vegetable canning, pickling, and drying market in 2017, accounting for above 31% market share. The USA was the largest country in the market in 2017, accounting for above 24% market share.
Fruit And Vegetables Canning, Pickling, And Drying Global Market Trend
To focus on marketing and other core operations, fruit and vegetable canning companies are increasingly outsourcing manufacturing operations to contract manufacturing companies. Contract manufacturing outsourcers perform operations such as raw material procurement, product development, manufacturing and packaging. Contract manufacturing outsourcers produce canned fruits and vegetables by using the recipe, procedures and standards set by the company. This business model enables canned fruits and vegetables brands to focus on marketing their product and reduce fixed overhead costs. Bell-Carter Packaging and California Copackers are some of the companies that take up contract manufacturing for fruit and vegetable canning companies.
The major players in the global fruit and vegetable canning pickling and drying market are Campbell`s, Seneca Food, La Doria SpA, REMA FOODS, INC. and Del Monte.
The countries covered in the global fruit and vegetable canning pickling and drying market report are USA, China, Germany, Brazil, Japan, UK, Spain, Russia, France, Australia, Italy, India and rest of the world.
Fruit And Vegetables Canning, Pickling, And Drying Global Market Segmentation
The fruit and vegetables canning, pickling, and drying market is segmented into Fruit And Vegetable Canning, Specialty Canning, and Dried And Dehydrated Food Manufacturing.
Fruit and Vegetable Canning companies manufacture canned, pickled, and brined fruits and vegetables. Some of the products made by these establishments include canned jams and jellies, canned juices, canned tomato-based sauces.
Specialty Canning companies produce canned specialty foods. Some of the products made by these establishments include canned baked beans, canned baby food, canned spaghetti, canned soups and others.
Dried and Dehydrated Food Manufacturing companies carry out activities such as drying and dehydrating vegetables, fruits, soup mixes and bouillon, and drying and dehydrating ingredients and packaging them with other purchased ingredients such as rice and dry pasta.
In developing countries agriculture is the mainstay of the economy. As such, it should be no surprise that agricultural industries and related activities can account for a considerable proportion of their output. Of the various types of activities that can be termed as agriculturally based, fruit and vegetable processing are among the most important.
Both established and planned fruit and vegetable processing projects aim at solving a very clearly identified development problem. This is that due to insufficient demand, weak infrastructure, poor transportation and perishable nature of the crops, the grower sustains substantial losses. During the post-harvest glut, the loss is considerable and often some of the produce has to be fed to animals or allowed to rot.
Even established fruit and vegetable canning factories or small/medium scale processing centres suffer huge loss due to erratic supplies. The grower may like to sell his produce in the open market directly to the consumer, or the produce may not be of high enough quality to process even though it might be good enough for the table. This means that processing capacities will be seriously underexploited.
The main objective of fruit and vegetable processing is to supply wholesome, safe, nutritious and acceptable food to consumers throughout the year.
Fruit and vegetable processing projects also aim to replace imported products like squash, yams, tomato sauces, pickles, etc., besides earning foreign exchange by exporting finished or semi-processed products.
The fruit and vegetable processing activities have been set up, or have to be established in developing countries for one or other of the following reasons:
- diversification of the economy, in order to reduce present dependence on one export commodity;
- government industrialisation policy;
- reduction of imports and meeting export demands;
- stimulate agricultural production by obtaining marketable products;
- generate both rural and urban employment;
- reduce fruit and vegetable losses;
- improve farmers' nutrition by allowing them to consume their own processed fruit and vegetables during the off-season;
- generate new sources of income for farmers/artisans;
- develop new value-added products.
Fruit and Vegetable Canning, Pickling, and Drying:
The 2020 Fruit and Vegetable Canning, Pickling, and Drying Industry Market Research Report is one of the most comprehensive and in-depth assessments of the industry in the United States with over 100 data sets covering 2011-2028.
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This industry includes companies primarily engaged in manufacturing canned, pickled, and dried fruits, vegetables, and specialty foods. companies in this industry may package the dried or dehydrated ingredients they make with other purchased ingredients. Examples of products made by these companies are canned juices; canned baby foods; canned soups (except seafood); canned dry beans; canned tomato-based sauces, such as catsup, salsa, chili, spaghetti, barbeque, and tomato paste, pickles, relishes, jams and jellies, dried soup mixes and bullions, and sauerkraut.
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