Pinguin Foods Deliver Fresh To Frozen in 150 Minutes Using Bühler Optical Sorting Technology

Ever since the first frozen ready meal appeared on supermarket shelves back in the 1950s, frozen food has become increasingly popular with UK consumers as a regular fixture in the weekly grocery shop. Offering the ultimate in convenience, frozen food requires little preparation, minimises waste and offers consumers great value for money. The most popular frozen vegetable in the UK is the pea – frozen at the peak of freshness, requires no preparation, can be cooked in minutes while still retaining nutrients, color and taste. Its popularity is in no doubt; last year UK consumers spent more than GBP508m on frozen vegetables, with nine in 10 shoppers having purchased frozen peas at some point in the past year.

However, the increasing demand for fresh to frozen presents a major logistical challenge in getting the legume from the field to the freezer in such a tight time span. The UK’s largest frozen vegetable processor, Pinguin Foods, which supplies major multiple retailers including Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, pledges to achieve this in under 150 minutes. This requires the process to be managed with military precision and split second timing.

The Bühler Group, a leading global supplier of optical sorting solutions to the food and non-food processing industries, is instrumental in helping Pinguin achieve its Key Performance Indicator (KPI) of delivering fresh-to-frozen peas in just 150 minutes from its 28-acre site in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Bühler is also helpi...

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