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were trying to accomplish. They were very upfront,
very realistic. They walked me through the process
and helped me test the system along the way to determine if it would work for us. I believe that's the
reason it was successful."
Plato now produces its meat sticks on a standard
Handtmann ConPro system using Plato's existing Handtmann VF 616 to fill product and a new
Handtmann VF 608 for the alginate solution. In
alginate casing systems, the product is co-extruded
through a cascade of calcium chloride into a hygienic-plastic flume with a flowing bath of the calcium chloride solution and is set for handling by the
time the product reaches the end of the short flume.
Alginate casings let the processor run continuously
without interruption and the alginate gel can be adjusted as needed for flavor, color, bite and texture. "It
took us a couple years to figure it out, and I was rePlato produces all of its products in its Fresno-California
facility except for three product lines - Hundur's Crunch Fish
Treats, Bone Broth and Alaskan Salmon Oil.
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