ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Packer’s Tom Karst gathered these briefs and pictures at the Produce Marketing Association’s 2019 Fresh Summit.
ASTRA PEEL-A-TON: Jordan Gold, sales manager for Astra Peel-A-Ton Inc., Torrance, Calif., says the Japanese company offers a new pineapple peeling machine that is very fast, at 300 fruit per hour, and doesn’t create much waste. Gold said the machine follows the shape of the fruit rather than peeling in a straight line like other machines. The machine can peels pineapples, melons and mini watermelons. Gold said the next innovation from the company is expected to be a peeling machine for larger watermelon. The company, in the U.S. for about three years, also offers machines that can peel apples and smaller fruit, he said.