• The new CURO-2 filling system from BBC Technologies offers packaging flexibility for small fruit.
    The new CURO-2 filling system from BBC Technologies offers packaging flexibility for small fruit.

BBC Technologies, part of TOMRA Food, is extending its CURO filling system range with a new compact version for small fruits such as blueberries, cherries and snacking tomatoes.

As one of the global leaders in turnkey solutions for sorting, packing and optimising small fruit, the new CURO-2 compact system is designed for fruits under 40mm in diameter.

Developed due to market demand, it enables customers to pack small volumes of different grades of fruit simultaneously to supply the produce divided in multiple tiers for supermarkets. The CURO-2 can also be used with bigger CURO-platforms to supplement capacity if required.

It has the same versatility of the bigger CURO-16 and the same efficiency in switching between different-sized packing options such as clamshells, punnets and boxes.

The new compact filling system also shares the benefits of excellent accuracy, gentle handling, and simple and the intuitive user interface of the larger system.

The CURO-2 was developed to increase further the flexibility and granularity of the CURO platform initially to meet the needs of customers such as South Africa based Blue Mountain Berries.

“We are seeing a significant shift in the market, with our customers being increasingly required to divide their fruit into multiple tiers and needing to pack different grades of product simultaneously,” BBC Technologies CEO Geoff Furniss said.

“The CURO-2 provides the solution for packing our customers’ niche products once they have been graded, as well as providing them with additional capacity when needed.”

The CURO-2, which features two filling stations, packs up to 700 kg/h. With minimal transitions between hopper and conveyor, together with the anti-bruise surfaces, the process is gentle on the produce and keeps the fruit's surface intact during sorting and packing.

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