AMA TIME & CFT: PROCESSING LINE FOR ORGANIC FRUITS
Ama Time, an icon of excellence in organic fruit processing, has chosen us as a trusted partner for the supply of state-of-the-art machinery to produce fruit purées and juices. Throughout this rewarding collaboration, we are sharing a success story that illustrates how dedication, innovation, quality, respect for the environment and biodiversity are intertwined to produce food in its purest form.
AMA TIME & CFT: A PROJECT TO PROCESS ORGANIC FRUITS
The relationship between Ama Time & CFT began in 2013, the same year the Chilean company was founded.
The company’s goal was to add value to organic fruits, by creating sustainable, top-quality products that celebrate the purity and goodness of nature.
The first project we were involved in, included the creation of a line to produce natural purée (Single Strength) from 6 t/h of fruit input and a preparation line for fruit preserves from 500 kg/h of final product.
THE TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTION SUPPLIED BY CFT
Among the main technologies supplied to the customer for the implementation of the two lines we would like to mention:
Aseptic fruit purée production line
- Zenith Chrono, an ultra-fast, anaerobic enzymatic extraction, and inactivation system patented by us;
- OLIMPIC CUBE TC-M/ASD, sterilizer for aseptic-packed products;
- Macropak AF/1, single-head aseptic filler.
Preparation line for fruit preserves
- Mixing tank for recipe preparation from fruit purée to which other micro-ingredients are added;
- OLIMPIC FT-SS/PC, tube bundle pasteurizer for heat treatment of products intended for hot packaging.
The aseptic bags in drums (50 gal) and bags in bins (300 gal) were to be filled during the campaign and then resold on the B2B market or re-processed into retail products as squeezable pouches, for which Ama Time introduced a complete filling and packaging line.
The start-up of the line in August 2014 resulted in a high-quality product with above-average colour and reduced amounts of ascorbic acid.
CFT’s involvement did not end with the design and supply of the line or the technological consultancy but went so far as to suggest a technologist experienced in fruit purée production, who assisted the customer in the sensitive start-up phase and the search for industrial partners.
In the years immediately following the start-up, the aseptic purée line was integrated with a fibre separation system to produce cloudy juices.
CFT SUPPORTING AMA TIME’S SUCCESS
Starting from nothing, Ama Time has managed to gain a solid reputation in the field of organic juice and purée production in just a few years. Today, it produces aseptic purées for well-known baby food companies, exporting them all over the world and in particular to the USA. Products destined for the retail world, with the promise of “la fruta en su estado más puro” (fruit in its purest state), reach supermarkets all over the world.
In 2022, less than ten years after its foundation, Ama Time started up its second 6t/h line for purées, confirming the partnership with CFT that has followed every step of the way in this triumphant march.
The new fruit processing line is similar to the first one but with a major improvement: the possibility to process low-acid fruits and vegetables with a dedicated aseptic filling technology approved by the FDA for export to the US.
This second line is also producing outstanding quality purées, proving very popular with customers.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
The global fruit purée market was worth $4.3 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow to $7.8 billion by 2031. The rise of fruit purées as a healthy alternative to sweet foods and artificial ingredients in the food industry is largely attributable to growing environmental concerns about the use of harmful chemicals in agriculture and animal husbandry, as well as their impacts on consumer health.
Furthermore, considering the prospect of a significant increase in the global market for organic products, projected at 14.9% from 2022 to 2031, it is evident how important it is to actively contribute to the development of this sector.