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It is more cost-effective and energy-efficient to identify and remove defective or substandard potatoes upstream in the supply chain, ideally on-farm, rather than a later stage in processing. Not all defects are visible, e.g. potatoes with a higher sugar content than is desirable for frying. PepsiCo seeks small, ideally portable, low cost technologies suitable for high throughput,(up to 33,000 lb/hour), on-farm inspection of potatoes to identify and cull defective potatoes.
The specific defects of interest include:
- High sugar content (e.g. detecting more than 1%; ideally detecting more than 0.5%)
- Green tissue
- Hollow centres
- Debris such as rocks
PepsiCo is also interested in innovative solid sorting technologies based on the potato starch content to facilitate optimized subsequent processing.
A rapid scanning, conveyor system that could meet both needs – defect removal and sorting based on starch content – is the goal.
Technologies of interest will:
- Provide the potential for high throughput, on-farm potato screening and sorting
- Be small, ideally portable, and suitable for high throughput on-farm use
- Be available at a relatively low cost