Near Infra-Red scanning will reduce internal defects in onions, says Produce World

Produce World has claimed to be the first supplier in the UK to install Near Infra-Red (NIR) technology for detecting internal defects in onions

The company will trial the grading technology, provided by French supplier MAF, at its Produce World Rustler site in Cambridgeshire, which specialises in alliums.

Business unit director Andrew Holding said: "We have been monitoring the progress of this technology for some time, and it was always our intention to retrofit such a system to our MAF grader. However, we want to be sure that it would perform under day-to-day operating conditions and make commercial sense."

NIR technology has been used for many years to detect internal defects in fruit, and Produce World Rustler has been trialling it in onions since 2007.

Holding added: "Internal defects only occur on a small percentage of the crop. However, a reduction in this figure will enable us to further improve quality and customer satisfaction."


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