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Asia Pacific: American Lorain Corporation installs chestnut decladding line

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American Lorain Corporation, an international processed snack foods, convenience foods, and frozen foods company based in the Shandong Province, China, has installed its chestnut decladding machine in December, 2013.

The machinery, imported from Europe, preheats the chestnuts into dry condition, and declads the chestnuts using ejected natural gas flames.

Unshelled chestnuts are then carried directly to frozen storage through connected pipeline.

Average processing capacity could reach 3mt per hour.

The unshelled chestnuts could be processed into products such as chestnuts in syrup and chestnut snack packs.

“Before introducing the automated decladding line, our chestnuts are mostly unshelled by hand. This is due to the varying sizes of the raw materials and different finished products specifications,” said Si Chen, chairman and CEO.

“We introduced this automated line in an effort to reduce our reliance on human labor to due cost.”