Friday, 04 September 2015

Multiple honors for Dr Neil Gudmestad at World Potato Congress in Beijing

Multiple honors for Dr Neil Gudmestad at World Pot...

  North Dakota State Plant Pathologist Dr. Neil Gudmestad was honored at the World Potato Congres...

China makes global commitment to the potato

China makes global commitment to the potato

China's commitment to the potato was very publicly and internationally demonstrated when it hosted t...

The PAA held their annual meeting in Portland, USA

The PAA held their annual meeting in Portland, USA

The Potato Association of America held their 99th Annual Meeting during July 19-23, 2015 in the east...

TOMRA wins design award for its common user interface

TOMRA wins design award for its common user interface

  TOMRA’s Common User Interface (CUI), designed by TOMRA Sorting Solutions (TOMRA) and Design Partners...

TOMRA Sorting Food signs new contracts at World Potato Congress

TOMRA Sorting Food signs new contracts at World Potato ...

  TOMRA Sorting Food has welcomed two new Chinese customers into the fold during a signing ceremony at...

The constant changes in Asian potato chips

The constant changes in Asian potato chips

  Over the last four centuries, the potato has come a long way from the American Andes. Since its cult...

Alternative processing technologies on program at PROCESS EXPO

Alternative processing technologies on program at PROCE...

  The Food Processing Suppliers Association has released the details of four sessions of the education...

The sharp edge of the job

The sharp edge of the job

  Product perfection starts before the processing. It is maintained in the processing plant but only e...

Efficient drying pays off

Efficient drying pays off

  When it comes to drying potatoes, regardless of the type of end product one may have in mind, there ...

McCain Australia has new range of frozen potato wedges

McCain Australia has...

  McCain Australia has recently launched the new wedges ‘...

Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko, partnership for a new plant in China

Tolsma-Grisnich and ...

  Strategic partners Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko recently...

Utz Quality Foods launches Specialty Division

Utz Quality Foods la...

Utz Quality Foods, Inc. has recently announced the culmina...

Potatoes are back on WIC, a nutritional program for women, infants and children in USA

Potatoes are back on...

The National Potato Council (NPC) from USA succeeded to put ...

Exclusive interview with the director of Urschel Laboratories, Inc: The Urschel team is a very strong one

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What began with one man's invention more than 100 years ago ...

4th Symposium of Potato Cyst Nematode Management

4th Symposium of Pot...

  The 4th Symposium of Potato Cyst Nematode Management wi...

UK Potato Council says it is a record year for seed potato exports

UK Potato Council sa...

  Seed potato exports are booming, with the latest figure...

Indian Government will procure 6,600 tones of potato from farmers

Indian Government wi...

The State Government announced its decision to procure 6,6...

Company launches a new solution for potato sprouting

Company launches a n...

  BioSafe Systems announces the introduction of ARRET Spr...

Seed Industry Event conference tackles key industry concerns

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The recent Seed Industry Event, organized by British Potato ...

More and more potato processors are turning to electrostatics to improve the way flavourings and coatings are added to potatoes and potato products.

UK-based Spice Application Systems (SAS) reports a 20% increase in orders over the last six months and says the technology is fast becoming recognised as a "must-have" component to help improve performance and product quality.

"Using electrostatics can make a dramatic difference, enabling manufacturers to achieve major savings by reducing the amount of powder wastage, deliver a much better end product for customers, and increase efficiency," said managing director Peter King.

"The technology allows exact control over minute quantities of powders and flavourings and delivers a 100% wraparound effect, which means every crisp or every chip is equally coated.

SAS's range of electrostatic equipment works across a range of potato processing needs, including the application of stiffening liquids onto blanched chips before flavours and coatings - such as spices and salts - are added after the initial cooking process.

Potato processors also use electrostatics to apply dill and oil to pre-cooked potatoes, as well as add oils, salts and flavourings to crisps and other formed potato-based snacks.

SAS has already installed more than 1,100 units on food processing lines around the world - with over 660 of them in potato snacks alone. The fact its equipment can be retrofitted onto existing production lines is seen as a big plus by many manufacturers, and the company has also developed new equipment to deal with issues such as fragile product breakage.

Its unique Death of the Drum Mk III system is especially suited for crisps, which are vulnerable to product breakage through traditional tumbling drum methods. It features a special dual-chamber electrostatic unit and revolutionary "flipover" process, enabling products to be electrostatically coated inside one chamber and then automatically flipped over as they travel along a vibratory tray into the second chamber for another coating.

"The potato snacks market is very exciting at the moment, there are new crisp manufacturers starting production and other companies who are expanding, so the competition is hotting up and electrostatics is becoming the key to real competitive advantage," added King.

"Not only does electrostatics provide much improved coverage, but it reduces the amount of dust in the air, making for a cleaner working environment with much less downtime for cleaning - saving on electricity and improving production times."

For companies looking to test out the new technology, SAS has a working demonstration site in Belgium, enabling potential customers to carry out electrostatic trials and test new products and flavours.

For more information visit www.spiceapplications.com

 

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