Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Potato Week 2014 to take place on October 6-12

The dates for Potato Week 2014 are October 6-12 and the campaign will celebrate the humble potato and encourage mothers to ‘trade-up’ from generic whites to named varieties.

Ishida multihead weigher helps Martini Alimentare to increase production capacity by 25 per cent

The installation of a 20 head Ishida multihead weigher at Italian food manufacturer Martini Alimentare has delivered an immediate 2% improvement in product giveaway and enabled the company to increase production capacity by 25

CEJA announced new partnership with Bekina to help young farmers

The European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) announced a new partnership with Bekina at its General Assembly in Brussels, Belgium, attended by a number of leading young farmer representatives from across Europe.

Agreement signed for a new fry factory in China

Inner Mongolia Linkage Potato Co., Ltd and Farm Frites have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture in Wudan Town, Chifeng City in Inner Mongolia in China.

Kent Crisps Announces New Branding

AMC Foods announces the re-launch of their popular Kent Crisps brand. A brand new design concept has been created with a new Kent Crisps logo and each flavour displays a captivating image of Kent to emphasize the provenance

Interpom | Primeurs 2014, virtually fully booked

Interpom | Primeurs 2014, virtually fully booked

Interpom | Primeurs, the leading trade fair for the whole of the potato, vegetable and fruit sector in E...

Sri Lanka’s Government to Purchase All Potato Stocks from Farmers

Sri Lanka’s Government to Purchase All Potato Stocks fr...

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne announced in Parliament that the government was ready to purchase...

Professionals from All Over the World and Around 10,000 Visitors at Potato Europe

Professionals from All Over the World and Around 10,000...

PotatoEurope 2014 took place on 3 and 4 September on the Rittergut Bockerode estate in Springe-Mittelrod...

McCain announces new Canadian President

McCain announces new Canadian President

McCain Foods Limited announced the appointment of Shai Altman as President, Canada, effective October 2...

BioSafe Systems announces Ron Fisher as north-east territory manager

BioSafe Systems announces Ron Fisher as north-east terr...

BioSafe Systems announces the appointment of Ron Fisher as Northeast Territory Manager for the agrichemic...

CEJA announced new partnership with Bekina to help young farmers

CEJA announced new partnership with Bekina to help youn...

The European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) announced a new partnership with Bekina at its General Ass...

Tomra Sorting opens a new research and development center in Dublin

Tomra Sorting opens a new research and development cent...

Tomra Sorting in Dublin has created a new center of excellence for its food optical sorting and peeling...

tna showcases total solutions at Gulfood Manufacturing

tna showcases total solutions at Gulfood Manufacturing

Integrated packaging and processing solutions provider tna will present its range of high performance t...

Ishida multihead weigher helps Martini Alimentare to increase production capacity by 25 per cent

Ishida multihead weigher helps Martini Alimentare to in...

The installation of a 20 head Ishida multihead weigher at Italian food manufacturer Martini Alimentare ha...

Potato Week 2014 to take place on October 6-12

Potato Week 2014 to ...

The dates for Potato Week 2014 are October 6-12 and the camp...

Kent Crisps Announces New Branding

Kent Crisps Announce...

AMC Foods announces the re-launch of their popular Kent Cr...

New DiversaCut 2110A Dicer on Display at SIAL in Paris

New DiversaCut 2110A...

Several Urschel cutting machines will be on display at Sal...

McDonald’s Japan Is Releasing Purple Sweet Potato McShake This Autumn

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McDonald's Japan is rolling out a special purple sweet potat...

Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" Contest Finalists Announced

Lay's Do Us A Flavo...

Lay's potato chips, one of the brands from PepsiCo (http:/...

BioSafe Systems Introduces Complete Potato Storage Protection Programme

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Following research and development, BioSafe Systems offers...

Future Proofing Cheshire Potatoes

Future Proofing Ches...

Cheshire potato growers gathered at Aston Grange Farm near...

Sophisticated Potato Inspection

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Improvements in sorting machinery are aimed at many grower...

McCain Foods to Help Monitor Potato Crops with Drones

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Global potato processor McCain Foods is using drone techno...

Open Farm Sunday 2014 Review

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Farmers and their helpers celebrated this weekend the posi...

Food sorting and peeling system manufacturer ODENBERG will reveal its most advanced optical sorter yet to the European market at Agritechnica - the world's largest exhibition for agricultural machinery and equipment - in Hannover, Germany, on November 15-19.

Called Halo, the new food sorter has 100 times more processing power than ODENBERG's industry-leading Titan sorting system and it will be demonstrated by the company at the exhibition on Stand 04C08 in Hall 4.

Halo also incorporates a next generation vision unit which integrates near infrared (NIR) spectrometry, charge-couple device (CCD) camera sensors and light-emitting diode (LED) illumination.

This combination is mounted above and below the system's conveyor belt, enabling Halo to achieve unsurpassed levels of accuracy thanks to its ability to deliver an impressive 1mm resolution. The entire system is controlled by an intuitive touch screen to enable ease and flexibility of use.

Halo's sorting applications cover a wide variety of fruit and vegetables including peeled and unpeeled potatoes, carrots, dried fruits, cucumbers, tomatoes, peaches, pears, berries and cucumbers.

Such is the demand for the new Halo sorter that 23 machines have already been ordered ahead of the official European launch.

One of the first Halo purchasers was Primco, Europe's largest carrot supplier. The company trialled two Halo 1000mm sorting systems, with a capacity potential of 25,000 kg per hour, earlier this year in a three-way sort configuration at its plant in France.

The results were immediate with a two third reduction in the amount of manual labour required and a potential ten percent capacity increase. When necessary, the Halo systems dealt with input defect levels of 40-50 percent with ease. Following the success of the trial, Primco ordered a further four Halo 1000mm optical sorters.

Primco operations director, Guy Saint Lo, said: "With the purchase of the Halo we can achieve consistent end product quality with four to five people independent of the incoming quality of the produce. This means we don't have to reduce our production when we have a batch with a high percentage of defects. The sorting solution offered by Odenberg has given us stability and flexibility in the running of our plant."

Commenting on the introduction of Halo, ODENBERG's marketing & business development manager, Sean Slevin, said: "Halo sets new standards in food sorting and represents the apex of our product range due to its outstanding levels of performance.

"The demand for Halo ahead of launch is extraordinary, but it is justified because in every instance that it has been specified and installed the system has delivered increased capacity, line cost reductions and lower error rates.

"We are looking forward to the official European launch at Agritechnica where we will have the opportunity to show Halo to potential customers from across the continent's agricultural and food processing industries."

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