Weighers keep salads pristine
Published: 13 July 2012 - Heather Ramsden
Ishida multihead weighers supplied by SF Engineering of Co Sligo are optimising the fresh salad packing operation of Ireland's Willowbrook Foods. The company sells to some of the best known supermarkets in the UK and Ireland as well as providing fresh produce to leading hotels, restaurants, and convenience food outlets.
Managing director John McCann ays: “We are committed to delivering quality products to our retail, foodservice, and food manufacturing customers. Based on the past performance of the Ishida multihead weigher we decided to install two more units for the fresh salad line. We have had an excellent working relationship with SF Engineering and the Ishida weighers have met the strict requirements we have for fresh produce packing.”
The Ishida weighers are said to offer excellent performance in weighing of salads and fresh produce. They are said to be flexible and accurate, enabling frequent and rapid changes to pack size and format along with high speeds for maximum efficiency and productivity.
Gentle product handling is essential in packing fresh salads to avoid bruising or damage. The Ishida advanced design ensures that salad does not stick or cling to handling surfaces. The product is also accurately and precisely weighed into bags to reduce waste and giveaway.
The weighers have helped the company increase its production capability, delivering accurate portions in prime condition at optimal speed.
“Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the health benefits of the food they eat,” explains Colin Ferguson, sales director. “For these savvy consumers our ranges of prepared salad and vegetable products are ideal and we are well placed to meet their needs with our increased production capability.”
“We are proud to have supplied Willowbrook Farms with some of the solutions that have enabled it to remain at the forefront of the prepared produce market in Ireland,” comments Seamus Farrell, MD of SF Engineering.
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