ISHIDA TECHNOLOGY PROVES A SOUND INVESTMENT FOR MUSHROOM SPECIALIST
An Ishida multihead weigher has enabled a leading French specialist mushroom and vegetable supplier to optimise the packing of its new pan-fried range, significantly increasing production while reducing product giveaway to deliver an attractive return on investment. Francep, part of the Gelpass Group, offers a variety of premium vegetable products for the retail and foodservice sectors, with its reputation based in particular on wild mushrooms as well as potatoes and chestnuts. More recently the company has extended its portfolio to include processed products such as pan-fried mushrooms, pan-fried vegetables and cooked mashed potato. While Francep was already using multihead weighing for its pan-fried vegetables incorporating specialist ingredients, including quinoa, bulgur and semolina, the previous machine was achieving low productivity and an unacceptable amount of giveaway. The solution from Ishida was a 16-head multihead weigher from its CCW-RVE range which has delivered a 20% increase in productivity together with a 4% reduction in product loss.