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SPOTLIGHT

Salads

TECHNOLOGY

Recipe management

PORTION
CONTROL

is looking at systems that can
provide its customers a real-time
data loop about their system and
production cycles.

Commissary and
grocery applications

by Andy Nelson

UNIFILLER

4:12:29 PM

INSIDER
DELTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA,
CANADA-BASED UNIFILLER
SYSTEMS INC. works with some
of the giants of the grocery industry on machines specializing
in portion control, said Sonia Bal,
the company's marketing director. Instore bakeries and delis are
among the top destinations.
Commissaries and other offsite facilities that supply prepared
and other foods to supermarkets
are also good customers for
Unifiller portion control products.
"Our customers have found
that our equipment helps with
accurate portioning while
increasing production yield
(by not having to over-scale
product), reducing labor in the
downstream processes and
reducing strain," Bal said. "Many
commissaries use our pumps and
depositors for deli food portioning of sauces or ready meals, or
sandwich production (accurate

portions of filling between bread
or for condiment spraying)."
With costs of flour, oil, salt and
other ingredients increasing,
accurately controlling portions
is more important than ever,
Bal said.
"Remaining competitive is vital
- that's why efficiency gains at
the plant level by using Unifiller
portioning equipment either
increase production yield, reduce
production time or streamline
labor to offer a competitive
advantage."
Accurately portioned pizza
dough or sauce, for instance, is
very important, since product
waste can impact profitability,
create labor inefficiencies, impact
the environment and consumer
attitudes.
Accurate portioning is also a
necessity for proper and accurate
ingredient and serving size labelling, Bal said. Currently, Unifiller

"Our pumps, depositors and
decorators are used for various
deli, soup and bakery items," Bal
said. "For example, a large grocery chain uses our depositors in
their many locations for all their

With food costs rising higher and higher, controlling portions is more
important than ever.

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cake batter and pie filling. They
were mostly interested in entry
level, easy to use equipment
that would help with accurate
portioning."
Another chain uses Unifiller's
cake decorators for semi-automated top and side icing. Bal
said a manual worker could
spend anywhere from two to five
minutes icing a cake because of
the need to "smooth" it. A Unifiller
decorator, by contrast, can spread

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