Produce Processing

May/June 2020

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26 M A Y / J U N E 2 0 2 0 I N D U S T R Y INSIDER Key debuts sorting system for fresh-cut apples Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, has introduced a new sorting system for fresh-cut apple products. This versatile solution integrates Key's Iso-Flo shakers, rotary sizing and grading systems, belt conveyors and a VERYX digital sorter. Removing pieces of stem, seeds, calyx/flower and core as well as foreign material (FM) and product defects like dark and light stains, rot and skin, this apple sorting line automates inspection to significantly improve overall product quality and increase yield while reducing labor requirements. This integrated solution gently sorts peeled and skin-on apples, as well as pears, which are cut in a variety of sizes and shapes including cubes, strips and wedges. With VERYX sorters available in different sizes, Key can design apple sorting lines for processors with production capacities from 3 to 15 metric tons (6,600 to 33,000 pounds) per hour. The new solution begins with belt conveyors that transfer whole, halved or sliced apples, after they are peeled and cored, to Key's Sliver Sizer Remover (SSR), which mechanically removes fines that result from the peeling and coring process. The product then continues to either a cutter that cuts the apples into different sizes and shapes or, if already sliced, directly on to the sorter. By cutting whole or halved apples instead of wedges, the yield from the cutter is improved since there are fewer slivers. When whole or half apples are the final product, the cutter can be easily bypassed. A conveyor then carries the apple cubes, strips, dices or wedges to an Iso-Flo infeed shaker that spreads the product for presentation to a mechanical Precision Size Grader (PSG), which removes small pieces that are generated in the cutting process. iFoodDS acquires HarvestMark in traceability merger Food safety and process control software company iFoodDecisionSciences has acquired Trimble's HarvestMark, a provider of food traceability and quality inspection solutions. Terms were not disclosed. iFoodDS and HarvestMark have worked closely in recent years. In 2018, the companies partnered to deliver an integrated supply chain solution for food safety, traceability and quality management. This collaboration was demonstrated in the Western Growers Food Safety Risk Management Program, which was announced in 2019. iFoodDS delivers an integrated supply chain solution for food safety, traceability and quality management. By integrating MORE ONLINE Get all the latest news and updates online at + HarvestMark's traceability and quality inspection information with iFoodDS' real-time food safety data, the combined company will offer a comprehensive supply chain management platform that can significantly benefit fresh produce grower/ shippers, packers, distributors, food service companies and grocery retailers globally. GAPs Harmonized Standard 2.0 announced While the produce industry is faced with daily evolving challenges associated with the COVID-19 crisis, United Fresh continues to support ongoing produce safety initiatives and announces the availability of Produce GAPs Harmonized Standard (V. 2.0). For over a decade, the Harmonized Standard has provided the produce industry with a food safety focused, risk-based audit standard. As secretariat, United Fresh licenses the standard to several audit organizations, some of which have attained recognition through the Global Food Safety Initiative. United Fresh manages updates through an open, transparent process and continues to invite input from stakeholders. The revision process began at a September 2019 meeting of the Harmonized Technical Working Group, where members met to align on proposed revisions and additions intended to enhance the standard's recognition and acceptance among buyers, while remaining accessible as a market-entry tool for growers of all sizes. Visit for more details. LGMA CEO Horsfall announces retirement plans After 13 years as the chief executive officer of the California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement, Scott Horsfall is announcing his plans to retire. Scott Horsfall will retire from a career dedicated to working with California farmers after nearly 40 years in March 2021. Dan Sutton, current Chairman of the LGMA Advisory Board stated "words can't describe the amount of appreciation that I and the leafy greens farming community have for Scott Horsfall's dedication and commitment over the years. Although we are going to miss Scott greatly, we also look forward to the next chapter in this organization's leadership through our upcoming CEO Search." The California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA) represents the state's handlers of lettuce, spinach and other leafy green products, and is charged with certifying that its members only sell products that have been produced to accepted standards for food safety. T H E P UL S E N E W S F R O M A R O U N D T H E I N D U S T R Y

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