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Flavor Tree Fruit Co., Hanford, Calif., marketing agent for pomegranates and pomegranate products from Wasco, Calif.-based SunnyGem LLC, has changed out some equipment at its arils facility in nearby Bottonwillow, increasing automation and making the process less dependent on manual labor, said Flavor Tree president Maurice Cameron.

The change is expected to increase efficiency and boost processing capacity by 200%.

“It was a slow process before,” he said.

The new system also should allow for more competitive pricing, he said.