United Fresh 2011: Notes from the show floor - The Packer

United Fresh 2011: Notes from the show floor

05/10/2011 02:15:00 PM
The Packer Staff

General Manager Ed Savigny said the machine uses a continuous roll, and packs potatoes, citrus and onions in bags ranging from 2 pounds to 10 pounds. He said these bags allow packers to print food safety and traceability information on the bags easier.

HealthPro Brands

Fit fruit and vegetable wash from HealthPro Brands, Mason, Ohio, is certified organic, as of last fall.

Todd Wichmann, president, said all bottles of Fit have a organic-certified sticker, which is Organic Materials Review Institute certified.

“This allows consumers to buy organic produce, wash it in our product, and remain organic,” he said.

Heinzen Manufacturing

To offer customers more flexibility and faster packaging, Heinzen Manufacturing International, Gilroy, Calif., debuted its new rigid tray filling system. The conveyor system handles a variety of sizes of trays.

Rudi Groppe, engineering manager for Heinzen, said the new tray filler has quick changeout time when users need to switch sizes of trays. Plastic holders snap in and out in 10 minutes to allow for different sizes of containers. The equipment is designed for high-volume packing operations and is primarily targeted for fresh spinach and spring mix.

Funnels direct the produce into the trays and follow the trays through the compression step, which reduces spillage waste to almost nothing, Groppe said. The machine also can remove the need for hand finishing because lids can be put on with an additional apparatus.

Also new from Heinzen at United Fresh was an enhanced version of the company’s melon peeling machine. In addition to melons, it can also handle pineapples and squash.

The upgraded peeler offers the benefit of touchless operation, reducing the chances of contamination of the peeled produce. At the company’s show booth, butternut squash had been peeled in a distinct pattern, making the produce look more like sculpture than food, to demonstrate the variety of settings available on the machine.


Orlando, Fla.-based plastic pallet supplier iGPS is incorporating Intelliflex temperature recorders to its pallets.

The sensors are affixed using an adhesive and can be programmed to provide a range of information on the cold chain, said Lewis Taffer, chief marketing officer.

Temperature data can be conveyed as a simple “green” or “red” in or out of the specified temperature zone or can be detailed minute to minute over the course of transit, he said.

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