IMG Citrus has added a 1.5 million dollar investment to their packinghouse processing line, an electronic fruit grader, the “Global Scan 7” manufactured by MAF Roda Industries in France.
According to the company, the new sorter has the ability to capture 120 images per fruit and up to 120 fruit per second in high definition. At a processing speed of 7,200 fruit per minute, the Global Scan 7 has the capability to process a total of 864,000 pictures per minute. It then analyzes the images against specific criteria such as percentage of blemish, weight, color, shape, and density concluding with 99 percent accuracy.
MAF Global Scan 7 being unloaded to dolly carts before being installed inside the IMG Citrus Packinghouse
“Our customers will greatly benefit from this technology because of much better consistency from carton to carton and from fruit to fruit,” says Michel Sallin, IMG Citrus President.
Based on how the product compares to the set criteria, it is routed to respective marketplaces. The company said that the sorter will improve the overall quality of fruit through the identification and elimination of late blooms, which are not as sweet or juicy, as well as greening fruit.
Michel Sallin, President, IMG Citrus.
“In a Greening environment, it is important to protect the superior taste of Florida grapefruit and eliminate the few outliers,” says Sallin, “To be successful in the fresh business, each piece of fruit needs to bring happiness to our consumers. Not many products have the privilege to be considered to be the best in the world, and it is IMG Citrus’ mission to protect this reputation of Florida grapefruit.”
IMG Citrus recently acquired Emerald Grove in St. Lucie County, renamed to be Happy Food grove after their consumer brand. The company says this acquisition makes it one of the largest growers of Florida grapefruit.
“We are excited to bring the latest technology in packinghouse equipment into our facilities,” said Todd Haffield, Packinghouse Director at IMG Citrus. “We have been known for having great tasting fruit, and this expansion allows us to bring more of it to the market. We believe in the future of Florida citrus, and our investment in the Global Scan 7 shows just that.”
IMG Citrus says it has learned that internal quality of grapefruit is better measured with density, color, and shape than with a brix sensor, allowing the elimination of late blooms and greening fruit.
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