Laitram Machinery, a US-based pioneering leader in food processing equipment, is showcasing its cutting-edge products at ANUTEC – International FoodTec India. The event, taking place from 7 to 9 September 2023, is providing an opportunity for industry stakeholders and decision-makers to witness the prowess of Laitram Machinery's offerings, including the impressive CoolSteam® Black Tree Nut Pasteurization, Brining and Roasting System, CoolSteam® Blue Nut Pasteurization System and CoolSteam Blancher For Vegetables. These fully automated advanced food processing equipment solutions cater to the shrimp, tree nuts, and vegetable sectors, promising enhanced safety, efficiency, and eco-friendliness.
The roots of excellence
With a history of over seven decades, Laitram Machinery is a renowned food processing equipment manufacturer deeply rooted in the United States. Established in 1943 by Mr. J.M. Lapeyre, the company's origins lay in pioneering shrimp processing solutions and introducing the world's first automated shrimp peeler. Today, the company has evolved to offer diverse equipment designed to process Tree nuts, vegetables, Shrimp and chicken. At the core of their innovations lies the patented CoolSteam Technology, ensuring food safety and unparalleled product quality throughout processing.
Suruchi Shekhar, business development manager – APAC, Laitram Machinery, sheds light on the company's product portfolio, "We have a wide range of products catering to different industry verticals such as Shrimp, Tree Nuts, Vegetables etc. Each of these cutting-edge equipment pieces has proven its mettle, delivered heightened efficiency and yields for processors worldwide."
Safeguarding Food Safety and Quality: Laitram Machinery's innovative approach to nuts and vegetable processing
According to Shekhar, nuts and vegetable processing is a high-risk industry due to the perishability of the products and the risk of foodborne illness. Processors must be careful when processing these products and use high-quality, reliable equipment to ensure food safety. “Laitram Machinery understands this need and provides high-quality food processing equipment that uses Coolsteam technology; it is a unique process that uses low-temperature steam and forced convection to create a mixture of air and steam at temperatures below 212°F (100°C). This process is gentle on products and helps preserve the product's nutrients and flavor organically,” she adds.
R&D and innovation
Laitram Machinery strongly believes in research and development (R&D). The company has 1300 active patents and is among the top 12 industrial equipment innovators in the US Patent Board.
According to Shekhar, Laitram Machinery is dedicated to delivering efficient, fully automated food processing equipment to reduce human intervention throughout the process. Moreover, its Research and Development team has conceptualized a series of products very different from conventional water cookers, vacuum pasteurizers or drum roasters. Specifically, they have devised a modular design fully integrated First-in-First Out customer-centric and easy-to-operate nuts pasteurization and roasting.
Visit Laitram Machinery at ANUTEC – International FoodTec India
Laitram Machinery team is participating in the ANUTEC – International FoodTec India from 7 to 9 September and displaying its Coolsteam Blue, Coolsteam Black and Coolsteam Vegetable Blancher before a wide range of stakeholders, visitors, and decision-makers of the F&B industry.
Addressing their involvement in ANUTEC and the role of such events in realizing their business objectives, Shekhar expresses, "We are so excited to exhibit at ANUTEC. Our main motive is to increase our reach in the food industry by directly engaging with other industry leaders. Apart from the network with industry professionals, ANUTEC can also help us to stay up to date on the latest trends in the nuts, fruits, and vegetable industry and identify new opportunities for collaboration."
Exploring new opportunities
Shekhar further mentions that Laitram Machinery has a strong track record of success in both the United States and Europe, where the company has several major clients, including Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds, Select Harvest, JSS Almonds, Almendras Llopis, and Olam Group. And while the company may be new to the Tree Nut Indian market, Laitram Machinery is no strangers to the country. In fact, Laitram Machinery has been a major player in the Seafood Processing Industry in India for over 15 years, with a dedicated team of local account managers, service representatives, and support based directly in India. She shares her expectations from the trade show and adds, "We are now exploring new opportunities in the Indian tree nuts industry. We are eager to meet with potential customers and answer their questions about our products and services. Laitram Machinery has many years of experience in the tree nuts and vegetable industries. I am confident this experience will be valuable to our company and help us achieve our goals."
Shekhar invites everyone to visit their stall, "Our proven technology is energy-efficient, which can help to reduce costs for nuts and vegetable processors. We believe Laitram Machinery is the perfect partner for nuts and vegetable processors looking for high-quality, reliable, and energy-efficient food processing equipment. We are committed to providing our customers with the solutions they need to succeed in the food processing industry."
The road ahead - Elevating industry standards
Laitram Machinery's vision for the future includes innovation, elevated food safety and quality, enhanced efficiency, and sustainable practices. They firmly believe in their fully automated advanced food processing equipment's potential to realize these goals. These solutions are designed for operational safety, efficiency, environmental friendliness, ease of use, and maintenance. Laitram Machinery's commitment extends beyond equipment provision; its world-class technical support team stands ready to assist from installation to troubleshooting, ensuring customers have the resources they need to thrive.
Building on success
Laitram Machinery's past achievements in revolutionizing the shrimp industry have increased their confidence in their ability to transform the nut and vegetable sectors similarly. She adds, "We are excited to explore the emerging market for nuts and vegetable processing in India and partner with leading companies in these industries. While we may be new to the Indian market in tree nut processing, we are a well-established and highly regarded brand in India for our expertise in seafood processing. Additionally, we have a strong presence in the United States pasteurization market with over 39 installations with top processing global brands, cementing our position as leaders in this field.
Laitram Machinery invites attendees to interact with their team at Booth No U29 in Hall No 3 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. An opportunity awaits to explore these innovative solutions, interact with experts, and delve into the transformative potential of their advanced food processing equipment.