05/25/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/26/2021 02:56
We first met Frutco's management during the 2015 IFU conference. Their goal was to find a reliable partner to help them enter the South American market with a banana processing plant, a business of which CFT could already boast several references and a long-standing local presence.
Frutco is a company that has been active in the tropical fruit processing market for almost 30 years. From the very first meetings it became clear that their attention to the quality of the finished product was perfectly in line with the spirit of CFT Group. With these conditions in mind, we designed a banana processing plant for Frutco to be installed in Colombia, in the new plant of their sister company FruBaTec.
The plant created is a turn-key line that includes all the equipment necessary for the reception, washing, peeling, sorting, heating, extraction, sterilization and aseptic filling phases.
Among the many machines that make up the line, at least three are worthy of special attention:
Giubileo is CFT Group's extraction / refining unit designed to ensure high performance, maximum flexibility, and state-of-the-art functionality. Thanks to its versatility, the machine is able to process a wide range of products, including, but not limited to, whole fruits, with or without stones and various types of vegetables, obtaining finished products that meet the highest quality standards.
Some of its main features are:
High performance and maximum reliability characterize the Olimpic sterilization system, designed for processing products with high consistency and viscosity values, intended for subsequent aseptic filling.
Some of its main features are:
For this particular project, the Olimpic TC sterilizer was equipped with 5 scraped surface heat exchangers, to raise the temperature of the product by means of boiler steam.
Macropak AF/2 is an innovative aseptic filler, capable of handling up to 3 different packaging formats.
Some of the key features of the machine are as follows:
We requested and obtained the FDA certification for Macropak precisely with this project in mind, which has allowed the customer to obtain even more assurances regarding the quality and safety of the processing offered by CFT Group.
The final product obtained from this banana processing plant is an aseptic banana purée and pulp, which the customer then supplies to producers of fruit juices, baby food or other finished products.
Banana processing is a particularly challenging process from a quality point of view. For microbiological reasons, this fruit actually needs be treated at high temperatures, but at the same time it is necessary to maintain high standards for all the organoleptic properties.
Consequently, the characteristics of the finished product such as colour, taste and flavour must be as close as possible to the original ones, while at the same time guaranteeing a perfectly aseptic product.
Among these characteristics, colour is undoubtedly the most difficult to guarantee when dealing with this type of fruit: all the companies that process bananas actually know perfectly well that maintaining a natural colour is one of the key elements, and at the same time one of the most complicated of the whole process. One of our main challenges in this case was therefore obtaining an excellent result also from the point of view of colour.
The reference system to which we refer for the measurement of colours is the HunterLab standard, composed of the three main values L (brightness), A (red gradient) and B (green gradient).
In general, each fruit, juice or purée is assigned ranges of values for each of the three HunterLab parameters, and the quality of the finished product is evaluated according to the range in which the measurement falls.
Although bananas have a tendency to easily turn pink with heat, thus moving away from their natural white / yellow colouring, the finished product made with our banana processing plant has been placed in the highest quality range for each of the three parameters L, A and B. Our customer was completely satisfied with this result, once again confirming the value of CFT Group design and technologies.
Given the success of this project and the growing presence of CFT Group in the South American market, very favourable opportunities will be opening up in the coming years. The plant that is already installed will soon be expanded and dedicated to the processing of other tropical fruits such as passion fruit and mangoes, whose market is rapidly expanding.
In fact, according to a Reportlinker study, the global tropical fruit purée market will grow steadily over the next few years. In 2020, during the pandemic crisis due to COVID-19, it was estimated at $3.8 billion, and is expected to reach a size of $5 billion by 2027, with a CAGR of 4% over the 2020- 2027 period.
The CFT Teamfor this project: