The fruit comes in from the field by truck and is
first inspected for general appearance and
conformation. Then a random sample of the
load is taken to the lab where the fruit is
subjected to several tests for sweetness, Ph, and
other tests to see if the fruit meets the quality
standard for processing.
After that the fruit is loaded into the front end
of the processing line where it is washed and
cleaned. Through this washing cycle and then
into the pulping machine, the fruit is continually
checked by eye for blemished or other defects so
that only the best of the fruit is then processed.
The outside peel or covering of the fruit is
removed and the remainder of the fruit pulp meat
is then put in a commercial blender and pureed.
It is then pasteurized
and cooled. At this point the pulp is once
again tested for consistency and taste tested for
acceptability. There is also a lab sample
that is processed for compliance to health and
safety standards and the results are logged.
It then is piped to the packaging line.
The pouches are first printed with the labeling
for Imports or Copulpas, or for the custom
labeling for a customer. Then the pouches are
filled and sealed. Within the filling line there are further processes that decrease
the bacteria count in the fruit pulp and in the
pouch preparation that give the filled and sealed
pouch a 12-month shelf life.
The filled pouches are washed to remove any
juices or contaminates prior to being put in
cases. The cases are then stacked on pallets
to be loaded into shipping containers.
The fruit juice processing is the same up to
the pasteurization of the pulp. For juice the pulp is
sent to a high speed commercial version of a
blender and refined to a pure juice with no
discernable particulate matter. The juice is
then sent back to the filling line and packaged
the same as the pulp.