Pomegranates are healthy but messy and labor-intensive to process. It is therefore often overlooked in the fresh fruit and vegetable processing world. This product needs a unique processing machine. The ArilSystem™ provides this.
This system was developed by the Israeli company Juran Technologies with the Registered Name ArilSystem. “The JU-20 is our oldest ArilSystem machine,” begins Avner Galili, the company’s director. "This machine can process between 600 and 900kg of pomegranates per hour."
“And although we’re constantly improving our machines, they needed some sort of an upgrade. The main improvement was to change the JU-20 to the way the smaller machine, the JU-10, and the large JU-56, extract this fruit’s arils. The largest and smallest of the range, these can work through 504 and 2,500 kgs per hour, respectively. In parallel, we have added another machine to the inventory – the JU-28."
‘High-quality aril extraction’
“What’s remarkable about the ArilSystem machines is the extracted pomegranate arils’ quality. The juice tastes better and the fresh-cut arils also have a longer, improved shelf-life,” says Avner. The process is automated, yielding a high-quality, hygienic product.
The end-product is washed and packed too—all with a minimum of staff needed. Companies worldwide have already installed these systems, from Austria to Turkey, the US, South America and Europe. But, Juran doesn’t only build machines for processing pomegranates.
“We’ve developed a unique method of treating lychees, sulfur-free,” says Avner. "Nowadays, most lychees are treated with sulfur. That’s so they keep their red skin color. But sulfur can be harmful if ingested. These fruits come from Madagascar, Mauritius, Australia, Vietnam and other parts of the world."
But this preservation method has led to these fruits being unable to access many markets. “We have a technology that doesn’t use sulfur. This sulfur-free, computerized process fixes the lychees’ outer color and It also increases the color retention to as much as five weeks."
"That means you no longer have to rush your lychees to market. They now have a far longer marketing window and a greatly extended shelf life. Distant markets are, therefore, a distinct possibility. We have installed the technology in Vietnam, Australia, Israel, and Mozambique,” concludes Avner.