There is a high market demand for whole products, portions, deboned meat and further processed items, which reflect both Anglo-Saxon eating traditions and, increasingly, flavors from around the world. In both countries, it is expected that this impressive growth of chicken consumption will continue well in the future.
The perfect matchmaker
Given the wide range of different end products offered, the trick for processors is to put their valuable raw material into its most profitable form. This means matching it as closely as possible to incoming orders from customers. To do this, Baiada, Golden Cockerel and Hazeldene’s in Australia and Tegel Foods in New Zealand have chosen Marel to supply the perfect solution which ticks all the boxes!
This solution consists of a single high-speed whole product selection line transferring products automatically to ACM-NT automatic cut-up equipment. The selection line can handle 13,500 products per hour (225 bpm) and can feed up to three ACM-NT systems. A single automatic ACM-NT cut-up system can cut up to 7,200 products per hour (120 bpm).
Accurate weighing and grading
Products from the chilling system are weighed and graded for quality on the selection line using SmartWeigher and IRIS technology. The weight and quality grade of each product will determine whether it is selected for sale whole or cut into portions. In both Australia and New Zealand, whole products, which are predominantly fresh, are sold in bags in 100g weight bands from 900g to 2500g (2 to 5,5 lbs) and above.
IRIS assesses both the front and back of each product and can pick up broken wings, red tails, bruises, stains, residual feathers and skin damage. The intelligent SmartWeigher weighing system compensates for vibrations and tares each shackle individually. Both systems have been designed to work with precise accuracy at today’s highest line speeds.