6920 Salashan Pkwy. A-102, PO Box 2708
Ferndale, WA 98248
Ph: 360.366.9900 - Fax: 360.366.5800
As blueberry processors continue to look for different ways to distinguish the quality of their packs from their competitors, buyers only add fuel to the fire by increasing their quality standards.
Having effective destemming equipment is crucial to ensure that your pack will meet and exceed the ever increasing standards of private auditors. On straight pack lines, your options are somewhat limited in that there is really only one way to destem an unfrozen blueberry and that is with a rod style destemmer. Rod destemmers have been the industry standard for years. In recent years, we have worked with a company to supply the only rod destemmer that can effectively destem blueberries at production rates of up to 12,000 lbs per hour. We install this unit on all of our 12,000 lb straight pack and IQF blueberry lines. Depending on the maturity, size and variety of blueberry, destemming efficiencies of 90% can be expected on this system.
Other than having a second rod destemmer in line, the only other way to remove any remaining stems is to tumble the blueberries in a drum/tumbling destemmer (also referred to as a rotary destemmer) after they have been frozen. This is an obvious step on IQF lines (that freeze the product in line) and is also common for all of our straight pack customers that re-pack their fruit after it has been frozen. Our drum destemmers are highly effective in removing remaining stems and can be angle adjusted (even on the fly) to control how long fruit remains in the drum. By controlling the duration that the blueberries tumble in the drum, you can get be as aggressive as necessary to ensure that you meet and exceed the stem count standards of every auditor on the market today. We recommend that you keep throughput to 15,000 lbs per hour or less. If throughput of 20,000 lbs or more is required, we can customize a double drum destemming system to effectively meet your production needs.
Keys and Features of the Andgar Drum Destemmer
Please call us today toll free: (888)437-2144 for a free needs assessment regarding your blueberry destemming or other processing needs.