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Fresh Fruit Cuts increases efficiency and volume with new equipment

In preparation for the start of the California stone fruit season in early May, fresh-cut peach and nectarine processor Fresh Fruit Cuts, located in Fresno, CA, has made numerous facility upgrades to increase efficiency and volume.FFC Logo

After a market test last season, Fresh Fruit Cuts is gearing up for its first full season and strong demand with facility upgrades, including new bagging equipment, volume tray fillers and additional conveyers.

“After last year’s stone fruit season, we were for looking ways to improve our efficiency and reduce labor,” Kim Gaarde, president of Fresh Cut Fruits, said in a press release. “Making these upgrades in equipment will help us realize savings in cost and time while allowing us to not only meet current demand, but continue to grow it in the future.”

While the new equipment’s main purpose is to process peaches, nectarines and plums for the company’s “Woot Froot” brand, it will also be used to process and bag other fresh-cut items.

The new equipment enables Fresh Fruit Cuts to add additional SKUs and pack sizes of form, fill and seal bags, as well as trays.

Fresh Fruit Cuts is currently the only U.S.-based fresh-cut processor to offer sliced peaches and nectarines, the company said in the press release.

This season will start in mid-May and the company will offer fresh-cut sliced peaches and nectarines in three-ounce bags, five-count multipack clamshells, 14-ounce bags, and 10- and 20-ounce and two-pound trays in the “Woot Froot” brand.

Fresh Fruit Cuts, a specialty processor and woman-owned business, endeavors to deliver unique and high flavor value-added products to consumers around the country.

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Baloian Farms increases packing efficiency and speed with new mini pepper equipment

As a leader in West Coast pepper product, Baloian Farms has recently expanded its production possibilities with a new line of equipment designed to process mini peppers.baloian2

The new equipment, purchased in the spring of 2013, can serve multiple purposes — its main position will be for packing mini sweet peppers, but will also work for packing baby Bells and hot chilies as well.

“Making these necessary upgrades and capital investments in new machinery will help us to grow our leadership position in pepper production, and continually provide high-quality, competitively priced products to consumers year-round,” Jeremy Lane, sales manager of Baloian Farms, said in a press release.

Lane also said the new equipment will also greatly improve the speed and efficiencies of packing.

“All across our company we are attempting to increase efficiencies in everything from farming to packing,” he said. “And while these new machines came as a big initial investment, we are already experiencing increased return on investment at the packing level, and have ordered additional equipment to continue this momentum.”

The new equipment is intended to pack Baloian’s value-added mini sweet peppers and baby Bell peppers. Using the bridged production areas of Culiacan, Mexico, and California, Baloian Farms offers year-round supply of mini sweet peppers, baby Bell peppers, squash and other mixed vegetables.

Baloian Farms is a fourth-generation, vertically integrated family farm with year-round operations specializing in peppers and mixed vegetables grown in California and Mexico.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Baloian Farms increases packing efficiency and speed with new mini pepper equipment

As a leader in West Coast pepper product, Baloian Farms has recently expanded its production possibilities with a new line of equipment designed to process mini peppers.baloian2

The new equipment, purchased in the spring of 2013, can serve multiple purposes — its main position will be for packing mini sweet peppers, but will also work for packing baby Bells and hot chilies as well.

“Making these necessary upgrades and capital investments in new machinery will help us to grow our leadership position in pepper production, and continually provide high-quality, competitively priced products to consumers year-round,” Jeremy Lane, sales manager of Baloian Farms, said in a press release.

Lane also said the new equipment will also greatly improve the speed and efficiencies of packing.

“All across our company we are attempting to increase efficiencies in everything from farming to packing,” he said. “And while these new machines came as a big initial investment, we are already experiencing increased return on investment at the packing level, and have ordered additional equipment to continue this momentum.”

The new equipment is intended to pack Baloian’s value-added mini sweet peppers and baby Bell peppers. Using the bridged production areas of Culiacan, Mexico, and California, Baloian Farms offers year-round supply of mini sweet peppers, baby Bell peppers, squash and other mixed vegetables.

Baloian Farms is a fourth-generation, vertically integrated family farm with year-round operations specializing in peppers and mixed vegetables grown in California and Mexico.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.