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High-speed pouch line for ready-to-eat rice range

13 July 2020

With the UK alone experiencing a 6% rise in the rice market over the past year, FEI Foods has chosen packaging equipment from Holmach partners, Jorgensen Engineering of Denmark and Lagarde Autoclaves of France, to offer a solution for its new ready-to-eat rice product range.  

The fully automated robotic handling solution takes pouches running from high-speed pouch fillers and arranges them into pocketed retort trays that are then piled into stacks. These are then automatically loaded into the autoclaves for Lagarde’s steam/air process. 

Commenting on the solution, Simon Lewis, european managing director at FEI Foods, said: “FEI has worked with Holmach for nearly 20 years and we are very comfortable with Lagarde and Jorgensen as high technology partners. The equipment will allow us to produce many different types of product with any type of packaging. Holmach has offered us good UK-based process, technical and engineering support.”

Lagarde’s steam/air process minimises water consumption while the steaming process gives fast heating to preserve colour, taste and texture. Once the rice has been steamed, it is cooled using showered water before being drained and the pouches are unloaded by robots and sent down the line for packing.

As part of the system, Jorgensen supplied a pouch drying system, the conveyoring and the robotic palletiser, taking production from two different lines onto two different pallet stations.

Both Lagarde and Jorgenson work to Industry 4.0 and offer compliance with all standards for the production of ambient foods.

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