Concentrates, Purees and Pulpes, Essences
Group has delivered its first turnkey line in Nicaragua, for FRUTCO
DE LAS AMERICAS, a company born from the merger between the Swiss
based banana puree broker FRUTCO and fresh banana producer COEN
GROUP, based in Nicaragua but with Italian roots, employing over
7000 persons worldwide.
The first part of this complete line is CFT aseptic filler MACROPAK,
which was offered with a special OXONIA KIT, used to fill low-acid
products, such as banana puree. The company is actually about to
obtain the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) validation, necessary
for the customer to be authorised to sell its puree in the USA and
reach the highest product quality on the market.
FRUTCO also had a special request to handle its passion fruit
puree with extreme care. CFT Group answered this challenge
with its dedicated extractor GIUBILEO, allowing to reach an extraction
return of up to 30%, combined with a peel depulper which can recover
up to 5% of juice. The second step is the product flowing into the
GIUBILEO extractor which task is to carefully eliminate any possible
seed, before the puree reaches the decanter where black specks are
removed. The juice obtained at the end of this process can be
sterilised and aseptically filled, or alternatively, it can be cooled
down to be finally frozen.
of the line was also CFT Group’s specially designed and resized
scraped surface heat exchangers: the OLIMPIC solution, which has also
recently had its maintenance system considerably upgraded.
The star rotating valve is usually mounted on CFT Group’s cold
Extractor GIUBILEO, in order to avoid any air entry into the machine.
In this specific case it has been decided to locate it on a hopper
which works as a buffer, where the banana (peeled and still unbroken)
remains for some minutes before being inactivated.
Beyond the design and installation of this complete line, the
collaboration between CFT Group and FRUTCO/COEN GROUP has been a real
partnership. CFT Group provided a complete 360° consulting
support, allowing to launch this activity in the best possible way,
always with the aim to maximise the machines performance on the long
Strategically, Frutco decided for backwards integration of its
business. In line with this strategic decision, earlier in 2016,
Frutco's owner CT Finance AG founded Frutco de las Americas SA in
Nicaragua in a 40:60 joint venture with Grupo Coen www.grupocoen.com,
which is a strong local partner. Through Frutco de las Americas, they
are jointly investing US$6 million in establishing a processing plant
in Chinandega, with a capacity per hour of 6 mt, for fruit puree,
-juice and -concentrate.
Construction commences in the autumn of 2017 and will take one year so
production will start at the end of June 2018. Frutco de las Americas
will provide direct employment to 60 persons and many more indirect
jobs, mainly in the farming sector as raw material (fruit) will be
spurced locally and regionally.
Grupo Coen has its own banana farms which leads to a total
independence of Frutco de las Americas from third party suppliers.
Frutco de las Americas will sell its banana puree and passionfruit
juice to both the locla/regional market and the international market
whereas Frutco AG will be the international marketer.
Frutco de las Americas will be certified FSSC 22'000, SGS, Kosher,
Halal, Non GMO and its process will be having FDA Approval.
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