In the autumn of 2020, Sormac installed a complete pepper processing line at Heemskerk fresh & easy in Rijnsburg, the Netherlands. The line processes no less than 1,500 kg peppers per hour. Heemskerk makes various fresh convenience products such as vegetable mixes, stuffed peppers and meal salads.
Wim Heemskerk, the son of a real vegetable family, started the Heemskerk business in 1960 with the production and sale of bags of sliced soup vegetables. In 60 years, the company has grown into a modern company that ships some 3.5 to 4 million products to national and international retail and fast food chains every week. Following the increasing demand for fresh convenience products, Heemskerk invested in a new Sormac processing line for peppers. For the delivery of a high quality end product, it is not only essential to produce a high quality pepper, but also that the membrane and seeds are properly removed.
The peppers are distributed among four pepper corers PO-30 an advanced transport line. The operators manually feed the coring mechanism from the individual stock tables, upon which the peppers are cored in pairs and, if desired, cut into pieces. The vacuum unit sucks the waste out of the pepper, which is then collected on a separate belt and removed. The sliced peppers are collected on a central belt for further processing.
Sormac’s pepper corer PO-30 is characterised by its simple operation, hygienic design, long blade life and, above all, a perfectly cored product that is entirely membrane- and seed-free.