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Americas: CHS opens sunflower processing facility

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US confectionery sunflower processor CHS has opened a Fargo facility with pasteurization capabilities for its non-roasted sunflower products.

It is reportedly the first sunflower processor to offer the Log5 pasteurization technology that enables the processing of oil roasted, dry roasted and pasteurized products.

The Log5 technology enables pasteurization without changing texture, taste or overall sensory characteristics of food products.

The three-step process with validated 5 log reduction is fully automated, provides for gentle handling of the product, and requires no post-pasteurization drying.

In addition to pasteurization services, the new facility offers expanded, custom-roasting capabilities for both kernel (oil) and in-shell (dry roasted) sunflowers.