In this list, you'll find a wealth of information on topics such as the latest processing equipment and technologies, interesting customer stories from around the world, best practices for improving efficiency and yield, and ways to meet the growing demand for high-volume, sustainable and humane processing methods. Whether you're a seasoned veteran of the poultry industry or new to the field, you're sure to find valuable insights and information in these articles.
The favorite 10 poultry processing articles of 2022
1. Six important points for a top evisceration operation
Evisceration is a vital part of the primary process. It’s the art of poultry evisceration to have a constantly high performance on all broiler weights ánd perform well in the giblet harvesting line too. Doing this job properly will safeguard the yield and quality of your end product. This article highlights six key points for a top evisceration operation.
2. How to combat labor shortage in the cut-up process?
Wings, legs and breast are incredibly popular chicken pieces and a highly wanted sight on the world’s dinner tables. Cut-up chicken parts are often found in QSR restaurants too, such as the famous buckets. To keep up with the high demand, high-speed cut-up lines are needed to produce the required amounts of all kinds of chicken parts. At the same time, facing the labor shortage, processors need an automated process that requires the least human intervention.
3. Aurora Coop installs largest further processing greenfield in Brazil
At the end of 2021, Aurora Coop and Marel agreed to install the largest further processing greenfield in Brazil. The new facility, located in Chapecó (Santa Catarina) should start production in June 2023. The project, designed to serve domestic and foreign markets, will be a Latin American benchmark for both technology and production volume with its capacity to process more than 20,000 kg [44,092 lbs] of final product per hour.
4. Standardized solutions for creating QSR products
The huge volumes of chicken fillet needed to satisfy global demand go way beyond doing the job at home by hand. In high-volume processing plants, intelligence has now become a truly indispensable aid in the automatic production of breast fillet. Factories need solutions, which, combining hardware and software in imaginative ways, can really think for themselves to make the best of each individual fillet. This means the optimum use of raw material, truly minimal give-away and maximum profit.
5. A 15,000 bph greenfield for Atria Finland
Atria Finland has started the construction of the largest investment in its history: a new 15,000 bph poultry processing plant in Nurmo mainly featuring Marel solutions. Since Marel installed Atria’s current Nurmo poultry process some 20 years ago, Atria and Marel have been long-term partners. Reijo Áijó, vice president of Atria, talks about the greenfield project which is due to be complete in 2024.
6. IRIS Fillet Inspection secures optimal visual quality
Besides having their fillets inspected for bone contamination, poultry processors are also eager to get some kind of automated fillet quality inspection. Marel's IRIS FI (Fillet Inspection) camera offers such a visual quality assessment. Because of its ability to detect defects such as bruises, fat and skin, IRIS FI plays an essential role in supplying highest quality food.
7. Prestage Farms builds a reference turkey plant
US turkey processor Prestage Farms is building a state-of-the-art greenfield plant for 100 turkeys per minute [6,000 tph]. It will feature an end-to-end Marel set-up with multiple lines, from defeathering to air chilling and from cut-up to inspection. Using the very latest technologies and the highest levels of automation, the Prestage Farms processing plant will be the new reference for turkey processing.
8. Anatomic and non-anatomic automatic chicken cut-up
In many of the world’s markets, most chicken now reach the consumer as chicken portions. It is not difficult to see why. Portions are affordable and quick to prepare, a favorite with home cooks and fast-food chains alike. To meet customer demand, should processors offer anatomic or non-anatomic cuts?
9. Baiada: well prepared for a changing market
With its two high-speed lines, each able to handle up to 15,000 broilers per hour [250 bpm], the Baiada Hanwood plant in Griffith, New South Wales is now ideally set up to supply all sectors of the Australian chicken market. Both lines, for 'heavy' and 'light' birds, are equipped throughout with the latest Marel technology.
10. Vacuum transport in a poultry processing plant
Why would you need a vacuum transport system in a poultry processing plant? A vacuum system is an effective way of transporting edible and non-edible by-products from primary and secondary processes. Such systems have been a common sight in poultry processing plants for many years now. They have several advantages.
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