UK – Ingredients supplier Petrow Food Group has installed a new fruit processing line after investing US$1.01 million in its Haverhill, Suffolk production facility.

According to Business Leader, the processing line which was described as one of the most sophisticated of its kind will be used for the processing of dates and other dried fruit.

The machine will incorporate X-ray, flame unit, laser and an automatic packing unit, used to identify and remove stones, pits, glass and other items from products.

“This complete processing line assures outstanding ease and reliability of operation to throw open more opportunities for customers.

Automation maximises production efficiency while advanced quality control offers the safety, quality and throughput to take performance and competitiveness to the highest levels,” said Petrow Food Group managing director Ian Tatchell.

“This technology is the most advanced of its kind, fully justifying the investment.

The processing line is highly intuitive and designed to satisfy the most rigorous standards in production, safety and hygiene while its sophistication combines perfect preparation of dried produce but outstanding ease, safety and reliability of operation.”

The group which focuses on processing dates and other dried fruits, supplied as ingredients for breakfast cereals, pickles, sauces, bakery products, confectionery and sweets.

“The new line has a maximum throughput of 1,200 kilos, enabling us to respond quicker to larger volume orders from customer,” said Mark Kirkley, operations director for Petrow Food Group.

“Automation increases operational efficiency to meet and exceed customer expectations on safety, quality and legality at a time when such concerns are rising across all sectors of the food industry.”