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Packaging Digest Cover Story December 2007 Retorting Fruit cups at Del Monte

A new packaging systems at Del Monte’s giant plant in Modesto CA FILLS and SEALS 700 4 oz. fruit cups/minute  and sterilizes them in two batch retorts. 

The team determined that Waldner’s fill and seal machine and the company itself best met their needs. The Waldner DOSOMAT 12-lane wide, intermittent-motion filler indexes two lanes per cycle for a total of 24 cups per cycle. Each four-oz cup contains about three oz of fruit and one oz of light syrup. These are filled by four filling stations - a minor fruit filler, a major fruit filler, a liquid filler and a liquid fill-to-level filler. After filling, the cups are conveyed to the sealing area, where they are steam or gas-flushed and then sealed by conduction heat.
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