SPC Ardmona has invested $10 million in a new plant which will package fresh Goulburn Valley fruit.By Geoff Adams
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
A male allegedly armed with a hunting knifed stole cash from a Euroa McDonald's last night.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Sarah Beck is taking her family to New York after she won a trip for being the second highest fundraiser for the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre in October's Melbourne Marathon.
Rochester’s old Courthouse is undergoing a facelift thanks to a restoration grant.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Australian sporting legends are at Heathcote Golf Club this morning for the MS Ashes Trek golf day to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.
Cobram Barooga Apex Club have raised more than $3600 for Irvin House at Cobram District Health.
Deniliquin RSL Club's A grade bowling championships came to a head on Sunday, with preliminary matches in B and C grade also taking place.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
State Member for Benalla Bill Sykes has thrown his support behind the government’s proposed new domestic animal ownership laws.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
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.