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manufacture, but slows cutting yields. In addition, peeled surfaces are
bumpier, and more juice is lost in the process.
Astra's peelers use a peeling blade, a method that more closely
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replicates a person hand-peeling a piece of fruit. The blade method,
Takeshita said, makes the peeling speed faster and the surface more
beautiful, and there's a higher yield rate and less chance of juice dripping.
Commitment to innovation
Fresh Del Monte's fresh-cut fruit lineup has undergone several " notable
enhancements " in recent years, said Kirk Teske, the company's vice
president of fresh-cut sales and operations.
Del Monte has introduced a variety of snack trays featuring a
combination of fresh fruits and vegetables paired with crackers, nuts,
cheese, and more.
They were designed, Teske said, for grocery
stores and other channels where consumers are
looking for health-conscious choices.
Del Monte is also keeping up with a
surge in the popularity of larger units
(particularly two pounds or more) of
mango, watermelon and other fruits.
And the company is " particularly thrilled, "
Teske said, with its latest fresh-cut addition,
Del Monte Pinkglow pineapple, which is
available both in straight cases and blends
tailored for retail.
Another trend Del Monte is closely
tracking is demand for grocery in-store
cutting solutions.
" To better cater to retailers, we've
implemented numerous programs
supplying bulk products for final retail
packaging to be completed at the
store level, " he said. " This approach
encompasses a range of options,
from small packs to comprehensive
tray assembly, ensuring flexibility
and meeting the diverse needs of our
partners. "
Teske characterizes the current state of
the industry as the " most thrilling phase
for the fresh-cut business. "
" This period is marked by unparalleled
opportunities, with all options
under consideration. Our primary
focus remains on ensuring a
foundation of high-quality
raw products, implementing
a robust food safety program
based on HACCP principles,
and maintaining a cadence of
frequent deliveries. "
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More and more retailers are turning
to commissaries, central kitchens and
other offsite facilities to supply their
fresh-cut fruits and vegetables.
" Food processors have gained popularity
in commissary kitchens as staff seek to
maximize existing labor, " said Carolyn
Bilger, marketing director for Hobart Food
Equipment Group. " Like many kitchens
in recent years, commissaries struggle to
find skilled labor, so having a machine that
can quickly process products is key. "
Continuous feed processors, she added,
can far outpace manual cutting and they
provide consistent quality cuts.
Customers also are looking for more grab
and go products to accommodate for busy
schedules. Commissaries that can provide
pre-packaged, cut fruits and vegetables, Bilger
said, can help grocery stores increase sales.
Hobart's FP300i and FP400i continuous
feed food processors are ideal for
commissary kitchens that need to
process high volumes of product.
Recognizing that commissary and other highvolume
kitchens have different processing
needs, Hobart introduced the FP300i in
March 2023, Bilger said. It bridges the gap
between a lower-volume countertop food
processor and the much higher capacity
FP400i food processor offered by Hobart.
The FP300i can process up to 88 pounds of
product per minute and the FP400i has a
capacity of 132 pounds per minute, and both
are maximum heavy-duty floor model machines
that can be customized with various feed and
cylinder options, according to application.
The FP300i comes standard with a stacking
feed cylinder that has an interwall to stack
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