The increase in demand for fruit around the world represents an unprecedented opportunity to stimulate innovation, employment and prosperity”

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With decades of field experience on its back, the Italy-headquartered Tropical Food Machinery is a leading company in the global field of fruit processing machinery. Founded in the late 1970s by a pioneering Italian entrepreneur, today the company boasts an operating branch in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, two-fruit processing plants located in the north of the country, headquarter in Costa Rica, as well as liaison offices in India and across the Asia-Pacific and West Africa regions.

As the fruit market is set to account for nearly 5 percent of world GDP by 2030, with much of this remarkable growth taking place in the emerging markets of Middle East, Asia and Africa, the company remains firm in its commitment to expanding its operation abroad. “Rising demand for fruit worldwide represents an unparalleled opportunity to spur innovation, employment and prosperity,” said Stefano Concari, the company’s general director.

Tropical Food Machinery’s know-how can significantly contribute to this process. With a corporate philosophy revolving around the notions of flexibility and versatility, the firm can manufacture whatever type of plant for the industrial process of tropical, deciduous fruit and tomato producing several finished products like nectars, natural juices, concentrated juices, purée, chopped pulps, fruit in syrup and juice, ketchup, sauces, jams. This allows Tropical Food Machinery to meet the needs of a wide range of clients, from family-owned businesses to large-scale industrial producers.

“We always seek to identify the most appropriate solution in any particular case we are well aware that customers needs depend on a wide range of factors, such as geography, ready access to market and a working supply chain,” pointed out Concari. “That’s why we rely on a market strategy aiming to sell high-end, multi-fruit and multi-capacity production lines that are tailored to respond quickly to customer needs – wherever and whoever they are.”

The company will offer a detailed peek at its wide range of multi-purpose technological solutions, starting from very low capacity like small size plants on skid or pilot plants or mobile plants that are easy to use and transport, upwards to huge size plants completely automatic and supervised by SCADA system and remote control. Every line is designed in-house and then built and tested before every and each delivery. “This enables a complete control over quality and productive speed, creating a strong sense of responsibility within the company’s workforce,” said Concari.

In recent years, the interest of the retailers, driven by the increasingly tasteful market demand, has headed towards the constant improvement of the organoleptic characteristics of their products. Waste reduction is also a growing focus.

This is why Tropical Food Machinery has developed and designed Aroma Recovery, an innovative and compact automatic device capable of extracting aromas and essences that would otherwise be lost by the flow of natural juice.

Thanks to its versatility, Aroma Recovery can be used with any aroma-rich product even if not processed by the process line.

The upsides of recovering aromas are manifold: the extracted aromas can be reintroduced into the concentrate coming out of the evaporator, improving its characteristics but also being sold separately from the product.

This makes for an exceptionally rapid return on investment. High-quality natural aromas in fact have a considerable price for use markets such as food, beverages and cosmetics – exactly the fields of application of this cutting-edge piece of machinery.

Thanks to its already deep-rooted presence in most of the largest markets, Tropical Food Machinery boasts also a comprehensive after-sales support service that is able to provide spare parts and a prompt technical support if the need should arise. As Concari put it: “This is what drives our company: relentlessly working with our customers to improve our technologies and offer even higher yields and more efficient production.” 

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