SPC Ardmona has invested $10 million in a new plant which will package fresh Goulburn Valley fruit.GEOFF ADAMS February 26, 2013 4:09am
Bindi Irwin Robert Irwin, Marnie Tricarico and Violet Lourenz at the launch of Goulburn Valley Fresh apples in Melbourne..
SPC Ardmona’s foray into fresh fruit packaging has been developed by a 14-person, $10
The Goulburn Valley Fresh apple slices have been in some Coles stores since Australia Day, but promotional advertising began last weekend.
A public launch was organised in Melbourne last week with Australia Zoo personalities Bindi and Robert Irwin.
SPC Ardmona managing director Vince Pinneri said the idea for a long-lasting fruit in a bag had been discussed for several years and in February 2011 the company started discussions about the patent for the technology.
The company secured the exclusive licence for Australia and New Zealand last year.
It set up a unit of 14 people from within the company and trained them in the skills required to produce the packaged apple slices in a special part of the Mooroopna factory. Installation of the equipment took about nine months, Mr Pinneri said.
Consumers have a choice between green (granny smith) or red apples (Sundowner, Gala or Pink Lady), largely sourced from the Goulburn Valley.
Mr Pinneri said the company had committed to only using Australian fruit, and seasonal conditions would dictate what region the fruit was sourced from.
He said the process had solved the age-old problem of apples browning after they were cut open, by using calcium chloride as a firming agent to ensure the apple slices stayed crunchy.
Calcium ascorbate (a natural form of Vitamin C) is used as an anti-oxidant to stop browning. Both are approved food additives.
Fruit is cut by four coring and slicing machines. Once sliced, the fruit moves to a colour sorting machine, which uses high-speed photography to detect and reject any fruit slices that may have a blemish.
From there, the sliced fruit undergoes a unique process that extends its shelf-life. The treatment, which uses no artificial preservatives or chemicals, ensures minimal losses to the aroma, juiciness, physical freshness and appearance of the fresh cut apples
The slices are then bagged in an inert atmosphere to prevent oxidation.
The temperature in the processing rooms is controlled to 4°C, which slows ripening and ensures that harmful micro-organisms don’t grow.
Mr Pinneri said the pre-packaged fruit snacks represented one of the biggest innovations for SPC Ardmona during recent years and further evolved its portfolio of fresh, healthy and convenient snacking options.
‘‘Our research tells us that there is more than 31
Goulburn Valley Suns have taken it right up to Kingston City only to go down by a single goal in a hard-fought National Premier Leagues contest.
The first preliminary final on Saturday saw the Tungamah seniors start their campaign against Waaia at the Rennie Recreation Reserve.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
THREE words were chanted in unison at Hopwood Gardens, Echuca on Thursday night — bring them here.
EVERY day about 5000 motorists travel the Northern Hwy between Elmore and Rochester.
KYABRAM’S Margaret and Leonard Flint have come a long way since meeting in the early 1950s.
Avenel win over Nagambie to take top spot
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
YOU probably wouldn’t expect to find an intensive care nurse running an award winning hotel and brewery, but that’s exactly what you will find when you visit Tooborac.
The preparations for the 10th Cobram Swap Meet have been given a boost with a brand new line marker. The Rotary Club of Cobram, which organise the swap meet, applied for a volunteer grant from the Federal Government, from which it received $4600.
At 77 years of age, popular local golfer Paul ‘Tango’ has claimed his second hole-in-one.
Tuesday, August 16
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.