Date Firmness and Ripeness

The quality of fresh dates was determined using a compression test in conjunction with a specialized test table.

Requirements

A supplier of dates wanted a simple and reliable method of determining the quality of fresh dates without having to remove the pit first. Textural properties of the product have been found to be a key characteristic in the determination of quality.

Too hard or too soft causes the consumer to have an undesirable sensory reaction. The customer had no real way to measure these differences and therefore no way to control them. The inclusion of the pit in the product presented an additional challenge.

Solution

FTC provided the supplier with a system and special test table on which to perform a compression test. The test enabled the supplier to assess key quality indicators and meant the pit was removed naturally as the assessment was undertaken.

This solution provided the customer with information regarding the firmness of the dates flesh and prevented the solid pit skewing results. The customer was then able to correlate this data with their sensory analysis to set a clear standard for desirable texture.

Benefit

  • Simple test to objectively measure dates without removing the pit
  • Software facilitates automatic statistical analysis
  • Enables customer to put ‘real’ numbers to their sensory information

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Nestle purchased a texture system from Food Technology Corporation in 2006. Since then I have recommended the texture system to several vendors in North and Central America. Staff at FTC was able to develop a simple training manual and procedure for the texture system allowing easy training in short period of time.

From purchasing of equipment through to installation and start-up, the level of personal care and service was remarkable. Shirl Lakeway and his staff at Food Technology Corporation are patient and understanding, and are always at our disposal for any assistance. Since we bought the equipment we have had no problems and feel very secure knowing that we can count on FTC for their support and service.

Dr Mawele Shamaila, Nestle - USA
http://www.nestleusa.com/

As a seasonal vegetable processor, understanding crop maturity and the accuracy of this measurement is key to staying ahead of crop and knowing when to make the move from value to premium product as harvest time constraints permit.

The TU units provided by FTC give us the accuracy to work to much tighter tolerances, replacing older less accurate analogue equipment which in turn can affect final product grading and profitability.

The units are well designed, very low maintenance and are backed up with a strong support service which will allow them to provide many years of accurate, reliable service.

Colven Wilson
Technical Manager
http://www.eyefreeze.co.uk/

I have found FTC to be an excellent partner for our company. In particular, it has been especially gratifying to work with Shirl Lakeway. Both creative and accommodating, he worked very hard with us to develop our projects.

I appreciate his commitment to our joint efforts and his open-minded approach. He and FTC have been exceptionally helpful.

Steve Antonius, Del Monte Foods
http://www.delmonte.com/