As TOMRA ships its 200th steam peeler from a state of the art processing facility in Slovakia, the company’s Market Manager Peeling, Eamonn Cullen, take a look at the impact steam peeling has on profitability and waste reduction in the potato processing industry. In an extensive article published on TOMRA’s website, Cullen discusses a wide range of topics related to steam peeling and the current situation in the potato processing industry.
He writes that french fries have never been more popular across the world, with geographical expansion in fry production and potato processing in general reaching extraordinary new levels. With this expansion has arisen a host of new industrial needs and challenges.
Some businesses need to process a wide range of potato sizes and sweet potatoes for example, while some need to be sure that many different varieties can be peeled efficiently. When you add seasonal anomalies, fluctuating trade tariffs and unpredictable weather patterns across the globe; you see that production line management, efficiency and waste reduction have never been more important.
So what can potato processing businesses do today to improve their productivity?