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- Press release
, François-Xavier Branthôme
The CFT Group is a key manufacturing reference in the South American market, representing a vital sector of the fruit processing industry.
In January 2018, a complete line for fruit and tomatoes was delivered to our customer Patagoniafresh, one of the largest apple juice concentrate processors in South America.
Over four years, the CFT Group has been planning this project for the production of tomato paste and fruit puree. After many meetings and talks involving technicians, engineers and sales manager, a full multifunctional line has finally been up and is now running.
This new project ideally sums up the CFT Group’s innovative approach in the fruit processing industry and its commitment to meet all customers’ specific requirements.
Now Patagoniafresh can count on a complete line, from unloading to aseptic filling, able to produce tomato paste by both Hot Break and Cold Break technology, as well as natural purées of apple, peach and pear, as well as concentrates.
The main features of this new complete line for fruit and tomatoes are as follows:
- Stone removal takes place without the use of the standard destoning system containing rubber parts, since the “rubber free” Giubileo concept was adopted by CFT.
- Enzyme inactivation is used, in order achieve optimal processing for the different types of products: HB tomato, CB tomato and fruit purée.
- The system uses anaerobic cold extraction of the fruit, followed by an ultra-rapid enzyme deactivation typical of the Zenith concept for the elimination of enzymatic browning.
- Equipment includes a three-effect four-stage evaporator with a double-stage finisher, which guarantees shorter product holding times, thus reducing chemical browning.
For all the above reasons, the CFT line is able to produce outstanding product compared to other systems on the market, especially in terms of color (up to a value of 62 Hunterlab L-value for peach concentrate) and consistency (up to 5-6 cm Bostwick). There is no doubt that this deal must be considered as a very important milestone for the long-lasting trade relationship between the CFT Group and Patagoniafresh and as an essential reference for product quality throughout the fruit concentrates industry.
The two companies have been working together for more than 10 years, since Patagoniafresh choose the experience of Rossi & Catelli as its partner for the aseptic packing of apple and grape concentrates. In reality though, the relationship between CFT and Iansa (the Patagoniafresh mother company) dates back many more years, with turnkey tomato-concentrate lines supplied back in the 90s.
The relationship between the CFT Group and Patagoniafresh is built on a solid foundation of mutual respect, and it has continued and been strengthened throughout the years.
IANSA, which was primarily focused on the sugar market in recent years, is now diversifying its production towards high quality tomato and fruit puree concentrates: a good premise for future success and growth.
Source : CFT