For 12 years already, the family business has been using a GEWA washing machine to wash various products and especially the various types of lettuce. This is now complemented by a KS-7 PLUS lettuce and vegetable spin-dryer and a KWT 16 weighing table and platform with a single-head weigher, combined with a CP 350 PLUS Form Fill and Seal Packaging Machine .
Before the purchase decision, Lisa Zapf familiarized herself intensively with the packaging machines available on the market, which in particular had to meet two criteria: a small to medium processing capacity is sufficient for the family business and it was particularly important to produce the most space-saving pack sizes possible for lettuce at 100g, 300g and 500g, as the limited sales area of the vending machines is to be optimally exploited.
At the Fruit Logistica trade fair in February 2020, she then found what she was looking for at the KRONEN stand and, together with Heiko Schönbroich, KRONEN Sales Manager for Southern Germany, the packaging solution was adjusted to the specific requirements of space-saving packaging . The acquisition of the lettuce spin-dryer and packaging solution has enabled the optimization of processing operations, so that the approx. 300 kg of lettuce are now processed efficiently and the promise of freshness can still to be kept with increasing sales volumes. In addition, the solution is flexible and can be used for different products such as pluck lettuce, lamb's lettuce, spinach or even rocket, as well as other products, and other pack sizes for sale to resellers can also be produced due to the flexible adjustment.
With the KRONEN machines, the family-run company is now equipped for the careful and fast processing of the salad products and is well prepared for the commissioning of more automatic machines.
Image source: Lisa Zapf/ Zalat-o-mat GmbH