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
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