SnowValley and Aviko Group to open $177m French fry processing facility in 2018
The facility will have an annual production capacity of 150,000 tons and the two companies have partnered with Tomra on its Eco steam peeling line and sorting platforms, Tomra 5A and Tomra5B.
28% less steam
“We want to build a French fry processing line in China that delivers the highest quality and performance while reducing waste and the impact on the environment,” said Don Wang, president, Aviko SnowValley.
“Tomra has worked with SnowValley and Aviko previously and we are confident its latest technology is the best choice for us.”
Tomra claims its Eco steam peeler uses 28% less steam than other peelers of its type and can peel high volumes of potatoes at low steam times, with low peel loss and waste.
“We are very pleased the Aviko and SnowValley joint-venture selected Tomra’s latest peeling and sorting technology to achieve their goal to build an industry leading processing line,” said Steven van Geel, regional sales director, China, Tomra Sorting Food.
“To date, Tomra has installed more than 200 food units in China – including over 20 steam peelers. To support the anticipated growth in food processing in China, we have established a strong team of local project management and service support across the country.”
Tomra 5A whole potato sorter removes various defects and foreign material, such as stones, soil, glass and plastics, minimizing the risk of food contamination down the processing line and protecting critical processing components, such as the hydro cutters or fryer.
Tomra 5B is a next-generation sorter and two of these will be installed in the processing facility.
SnowValley Agricultural Group business includes new potato variety breeding, virus-free seedling breeding, development of minituber, commercialization of virus-free seed potato, upgrade of potato plantation and storage, and integrated potato product processing.