World first for the Netherlands at Fruitteelt fair New: first fresh apple juicer
Last week, a world first was introduced at the Fruitteelt fair in Houten, the Netherlands. Up till now, the Dutch market didn’t have an automatic apple press. Thompe from Purmerend is the company that has developed two machines, and this is a world first. Originally, the company was a producer of plastic bottles for the well-known orange press.
Menno Jonker of Thompe: “It took five years to develop this machine. New challenges came up all the time, which is why it took so long. Juicing an apple and immediately having that juice in a bottle or cup requires quite a bit of technology! We now bring two machines on the market, a To-Go Apple Press with cups, and a supermarket version for bottles.
To-Go Apple Press
During the Fruitteelt fair, this machine was given the most attention by far, in part because this machine was pressing fresh juice for the visitors. “This machine is a vending machine, as it were, that doesn’t require manual labour. The machine can hold a stock of 50 kilos of cooled apples, so that the juice tastes fresh. Consumers pay, push a button, and see the apples being pressed for fresh apple juice. No staff is required, so this machine is very suitable for hospitals, schools, airports, amusement parks and other places that people visit in large numbers. Instead of a can of cola, they can choose a cup of apple juice.”
Supermarket Apple Press
The other machine developed by Thompe is the supermarket version of that earlier machine. “With this machine, consumers can press bottles of apple juice, and then pay for them at the checkout. It’s the same system as the orange press found in supermarkets nowadays. We’re naturally hoping this machine will also become a mainstay in supermarkets,” Menno says.