We understand the specifics of the technology of steam cleaning of fruits and vegetables together with the company TOMRA Food is one of the world's largest manufacturers of technologies and solutions for sorting and cleaning food products.
The presence of peeled vacuum-processed vegetables on the shelves of Russian supermarkets has long ceased to amaze consumers. Not to mention frozen peeled and sliced vegetable semi-finished products. Moreover, the figures show that the demand for such products is growing steadily. However, nothing surprising. In a situation where time has become the most valuable resource, many do not see any problem in paying a little more for convenience.
The same applies to the catering market. Indeed, many public catering enterprises already now prefer peeled vegetables and fruits in their purchases. The benefits are also clear. This is, first of all, a significant saving of time, which would have been spent earlier on cleaning and washing incoming raw materials. In addition, the company receives fruit and vegetable products, as they say, in net weight, that is, without a peel, and also guaranteed without spoiled areas and whole fruits or tubers, which would later have to be cut out or thrown away entirely. In general, the transition to refined products can ensure greater efficiency of the catering enterprise, which is invaluable in a highly competitive market.
Steam cleaning TOMRA Food: clean, not cook
Company TOMRA Food has been developing technologies and manufacturing equipment for sorting and cleaning food products for over 40 years. Thanks to the accumulated experience of the machine from TOMRA Food steam peels vegetables and fruits faster and more efficiently than any comparable solution on the market. At the same time, the main emphasis in the development of new equipment is invariably placed on improving the quality of cleaning and reducing the volume of food waste. Fun fact: Today, 85% of the world's fries are produced using steam cleaners. TOMRA Food.
In principle, the company uses exclusively steam cleaning technology in its machines, since only this method is able to provide, on the one hand, high cleaning quality, and on the other hand, the least amount of food waste. However, the latter is true only under certain conditions. The fact is that, in fact, the volume of food waste during steam cleaning directly depends on the rate of steam penetration through the peel. Therefore, steam pressure plays a key role in this process - the higher it is, the less time is spent on processing the product, and the less depth the steam penetrates under the skin. Thus, the loss of a valuable product suitable for consumption is reduced. Steam pressure in the most advanced steam cleaning machines TOMRA Food reaches 20 MPa, providing a steam penetration depth of only 0,5 mm. Thus, the amount of food waste when using steam cleaning machines from TOMRA Food accounts for a record 6–8% - the smallest figure on the market.
In addition, the entire cleaning process is monitored in real time using special sensors. This means that, for example, when the volume of food waste increases, the system signals the operator to adjust the steam intensity and product delivery rate.
Who needs it?
In short, everyone who cares about high quality of manufactured products, efficient production processes, low food waste and increased business profitability. However, there is a nuance. Obviously, there is a significant investment in integrating truly efficient steam cleaning equipment into a production line. Therefore, such solutions work best in medium and large enterprises: the larger the volume of products, the shorter the payback period of the equipment for steam cleaning.
For example, the performance of one of the most efficient steam cleaning machines TOMRA Food - ECO - can reach 60 kilograms per hour, which is a very impressive figure. At the same time, the same machine, thanks to the use of modern energy-saving technologies, demonstrates an extremely low steam consumption - five times less in comparison with similar solutions of competitors.
However, the current line of steam cleaning machines TOMRA Food is flexible enough to create a suitable solution even for a small business.
What is in Russia?
Russian food manufacturers are actively interested in the most relevant solutions for sorting and cleaning, and are no less actively implementing them. Basically, these are large companies that have reached a certain level of production both in terms of volume and in terms of product quality. This, in turn, predetermined the use of European equipment, which makes it possible to guarantee the same volume and quality, as well as to ensure the minimum level of food waste and the maximum efficiency of production processes.
So, equipment for steam cleaning from TOMRA Food is used by the country's largest frozen French fries producer and frozen vegetable producer - with machines from TOMRA Food is peeling potatoes and carrots.
On the whole, the Russian market is steadily moving towards an increasingly intensive diffusion and implementation of technologies. This situation is dictated by the specifics of demand - consumers' demand for high-quality and safe food products forms a demand for efficient and technological solutions for sorting and cleaning from manufacturers. Therefore, in today's market, investments in technological equipment for steam cleaning from TOMRA Food is justified by default.