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Petrow Food Group invest £350,000 in new machinery

24 February 2016

Dried fruit and nut manufacturer Petrow Food Group has invested £350,000 in two new machines to improve food safety.

The Suffolk-based company installed a TOMRA laser scanner at its 80,000 sq ft factory. The front and rear laser scanner is designed to clean unwanted shells and other foreign bodies from food ingredients before processing. The scanner can also sort ingredients to customer’s colour grading specifications.

“The laser scanner capability ramps up the safety of food ingredients and brings a new level of quality assurance,” said Ian Tatchell, Managing Director of Petrow Food Group. 

In addition, Petrow invested in a NIVERPLAST case erecting, case lining and case sealing machine with additional capabilities including automated weighing system, metal detection and labelling. The machine fills and seals all products in standard 12.5 kilo boxes, or bespoke sizes, ready for distribution.

“We have invested in technology that generates quicker throughput,” said Mr Tatchell. 

“The automated system streamlines the packaging process and creates cost and operational efficiencies.”

The investment follows the operational launch of the company‘s £4 million, 7.2 acre Haverhill site last year. 

Petrow Food Group incorporates Petrow Food Industries (PFI) and also Quality Kernels Ltd which it purchased in 2013. The Group combines PFI’s leading know-how in chopping, pasting and slicing dried fruit with Quality Kernels’ expertise in nibbing, grinding, pasting and roasting of a full range of nuts and seeds in a peanut free environment

“Petrow Food Group can now offer the complete package of both the trading and processing of nuts, seeds, coconuts, dates and dried fruit,” said Mr Tatchell.

“The Haverhill site has increased production capacity to support growth within our ingredient product and contract packing business.”

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