Tomato processing: our passion since 1945

There is a word that is often overused by companies: leader. It comes from the Old English word “lædan”, meaning ‘to go before as a guide’. Well, when we talk about tomato processing, we are not afraid to say that CFT Group is a true leader.

Starting in 1945 in Parma, in the center of the Italian Food Valley, we have never stopped growing and innovating our technologies.

Many of our machines have become the standard of the industry of tomato processing: the Apollo pre-concentrator, the Venus Evaporator, the Giubileo refining system, the Olimpic range of sterilizers and the Macropak aseptic filler are leaders in their respective technologies.

The following video shows the wide range of CFT Group’s technologies for tomato processing, working in a complete plant and producing tomato paste:

Cold Break tomato paste

The tomato paste obtained by Cold Break technology is a product with excellent organoleptic characteristics (great taste, bright colour, sweet flavour), with not too high consistency values (>7 cm Bostwick) and presence of syneresis. It is particularly suitable for direct consumption.

In the production of Cold Break tomato paste, the sorted product is crushed and heated up to 65-70 °C, a temperature that does not cause the complete inactivation of pectolytic enzymes, but guarantees an optimal performance in the following juice extraction and refining phase.

Hot Break tomato paste

The tomato paste obtained by Hot Break technology is a product rich in fibres, with a very high consistency (<5 cm Bostwick) and a very low syneresis; this is a semifinished product, particularly suitable for the production of sauces, ketchup and meat sauces.
In the production of Hot Break tomato paste, the sorted product is finely crushed and heated at the temperature of complete enzymatic inactivation or higher (up to 105 °C); the pulp obtained is subsequently submitted to the refining process.

Finishers, thermal treatments and packaging

The juice obtained both from Cold Break or Hot Break technology is collected into a storage tank and sent to a preconcentrator and subsequently to a “finisher” multiple effect evaporator, where the juice concentration takes place, or directly to the evaporator.
The obtained tomato paste is then submitted to a further phase of thermal treatment in heat exchangers, in order to achieve the pasteurization or sterilization temperature before being packaged.

tomato processing - tomato paste

The pasteurized product is destined to traditional packaging into cans of different types.

The sterilized product can be packaged in presterilized flexible bags, with capacities from 5 to 1500 liters, by means of aseptic fillers having one or more filling heads, depending on the working capacity required by the line, or be stored in aseptic rooms. Both systems are equipped with a high automation and control systems, which guarantees the sterility of the treated product.

One of our stories of success

There are many stories of success that we can cite regarding our business in the industry of tomato processing: among our most recent projects there’s the one from our Italian customer Agriconserve Rega. which chose CFT Group to make the leap in quality and production capability.
The bright red, fresh tomato concentrate produced by Apollo combined with Rega’s San Marzano PDO tomatoes, has enabled us to produce a tomato concentrate of the very highest gastronomic quality. This project is also a bright example of our passion for smart and innovative solutions.

During the 2019 season, the tomato industry saw a global production in line with early estimates. For a complete report regarding 2019 data and future perspectives from 2020 on, see the Tomato News 2020 Yearbook.