New primal meat handling system to be launched at IFFA

IFFA 2013. Photo: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Jochen Günther

A fresh approach to chilled primal meat material handling is being prepared for launch internationally at this year’s IFFA trade fair by New Zealand company, FoodCap.

FoodCap is amongst 960 exhibitors from 47 countries to be presenting their technology at the triennial show that will be attended by around 60,000 meat processing trade visitors from around the world.

Its new primal meat handling system is a reusable bulk chilled meat handling system for buffering, storage, ageing, and transport of red or white meat between primary and secondary processing facilities.

The technology was originally developed as a central processing supply chain for high velocity production and distribution of case-ready meat to supermarkets. Four years of research and development have seen the development of the new primal handling system.

FoodCap chief executive, Julian Beavis, describes the technology as “revolutionary” for primal chilled meat processors.

FoodCap capsules provide a revolutionary solution for the handling of bulk fresh meat.
FoodCap capsules provide a revolutionary solution for the handling of bulk fresh meat.

“The capsule is essentially the vacuum pack and transportation device all in one, eliminating the need for single use packaging,” he says.

The scientifically verified system allows for short or long term storage. It is a robust, modular, and scalable solution delivering a range of quality, safety, handling and production cost benefits to meat processors. Leading Australasian food equipment company FPE will be distributor for Australia and New Zealand.

FoodCap is just one of a large number of companies that will launch new meat processing technology at IFFA. New Zealand food processing engineers Milmeq will also have a stand.

A number of meat companies are also sending personnel to keep up with the latest innovations and techniques. Amongst them will be three representatives from Greenlea Premier Meats, who will be searching out world best practice and new technology that will add value to its business.

The company sees itself as a global leader in meat processing, explains Greenlea operations manager Graham Green. “It’s most definitely worthwhile going,” he says, adding that at the last IFFA his team picked up on the newly-launched Bladestop bandsaws, designed to stop within milliseconds of detecting contact with an operator.

“We were the first company in New Zealand to implement them in our chain and have improved our health and safety efforts as a result.”

IFFA will take place between 7 and 12 May in Frankfurt, Germany. See for more information about the show.

This article appeared in Food NZ magazine (April/May 2016) and is reproduced here with permission.

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