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When is the end of PPO-Pasteurization coming?

“About 10 years ago the salmonella outbreak in Canada was traced back to raw
almonds. Over the following years, a few more outbreaks were caused by these nuts
grown in California. Infected produce came from different growers and no measures
taken after finding the source of the poisoning managed to solve the problem
effectively. The USDA (US Department of Agriculture), CDC (Centers for Disease
Control), California Almond Board, and FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
combined their forces and developed a piece of legislation enacted on the
1 st  September of 2007. According to this law, all California-grown almonds must be
Currently there are two main methods being used to pasteurize the almonds. One
uses steam to sanitize the nuts, while the other uses the chemical propylene oxide,
aka PPO, which is considered a possible carcinogen. Most conventional almond
growers pasteurize their almonds using PPO. The industry is aware that PPO has to
be discarded as a method. Consumer awareness is constantly rising – public
criticism of the PPO process is just a matter of time.
Today there are several manufacturers of nut pasteurization systems using steam.
One of them is Log5, a spinoff of the post-harvest technology group Royal Duyvis
Wiener. 2017 Log5 received the Industry Excellence Award in the category
‘Processing Innovation’ at Gulfood Manufacturing. The Clipper talked to Tom
Velthuis, International Sales Manager at ANUGA FoodTec about their innovative
processing technologies.”

In our system, Kocotek takes pride in knowing that our steam pasteurization equipment does not apply direct steam to the product and also avoids condensation. Because of this, our products are of the highest quality.

Read the full article from The Clipper below!


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Log5 in the News: Reducing Risk

“Log5 gave us

log reduction and its equipment holds
the characteristics of the sunflower. We

tested the equipment, ordered it and in-
stalled it in our Fargo, N.D. facility.”

Based in Grandin, N.D., CHS Sun-
flower opened its 35,000-square-foot

facility last summer in Fargo. It in-
cludes roasting equipment and the

Log5 pasteurization technology, which

was installed in October. Log5’s three-
step process with validated 5-log re-
duction is fully automated, provides

for gentle handling of the product and

requires no post-pasteurization dry-
ing. Pasteurization also allows for ex-
tended shelf life.

“The facility is all value-added pro-
cessing,” President and General Manag-
er Robert Deraas says. “We receive raw

seeds from growers in our Grandin and
Hazel, N.D., facilities where we clean,
size and manage inventory for quality

and traceability. Then based on cus-
tomer demand, we send a share of that

inventory to Fargo and it is oil roasted,
dry-roasted or pasteurized, so it goes
through the value-added process.”

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Log5 in the News: Innovative Pasteurization Systems

“With a heritage dating back
over 130 years, The Royal
Duyvis Wiener Group has
strived to deliver a wide range of cocoa
and chocolate processing innovations
during its history.
The business achieved a notable
milestone last year in opening a new
technology centre, which has enabled
extensive product research opportunities
for its customers.
Developing such advanced facilities at
its headquarters in the Netherlands has
pushed its operations to new heights,
with greater analysis of production
methods and recipes now possible.
As well as its main Dutch site, the
company also operates locations in
Aachen, Germany, in addition to a base
in Brazil catering to the South American
Underlining its continued development,
the company expanded further in
2012 when Log5 became part of the
business, specialising in developing and
manufacturing pasteurisation systems
for dry products including nuts, grains
and seeds.
As Tom Velthuis, international sales
manager, explained, the key technology
behind its systems has been created
to easily integrate with other processes
such as roasting within a single

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IBIE, Las Vegas Convention Center, October 8-11, 2016, booth #10127

Looking forward to greeting you at the

Las Vegas Convention Center, October 8-11, 2016, Booth #10127



Royal Duyvis Wiener specializes in chocolate and compound processing systems for in-house on demand coating manufacture.   Also offering complete cocoa bean processing systems including bean cleaning, winnowing, roasters, liquor refining, cocoa pressing, cocoa powder-grinding, etc. RDW opened their brand new pilot plant facilities in January 2016.  We can process from bean to bar there and we can also demonstrate our artisan chocolate manufacturing systems.





MF- hamburg will display their brand new Easy Access 51inch enrober, featuring removable and exchangeable wire mesh system and tank with tempering system. This machine is wash-down rated and can be changed over in 5 minutes.  MF hamburg specializes in chocolate enrobing equipment, cooling tunnels and tempering machines for bakery, confectionery, ice-cream, and nutrition bars.  Systems are available in belt widths from 12 inches to 80 inches with operating line speeds up to 60 ft/min.







OKA will display their new FEC 04 rotary for accurate and high speed depositing of soft dough with inclusions, such as chocolate chip cookies, also suitable for nutrition bars, and confectionery products. OKA specializes in very accurate extruders and cutting equipment for production of multi textured bars, snack foods, as well as depositors for low-density aerated creams and marshmallows. They also offer very flexible and heavy duty rotary molders, including dual color dough capability for seasonal products and other applications.




New Era Machines will have their state of the art 602 rotary moulding machine, suitable for soft dough products. This is the top line model with automatic controls for every function, equipped with servo technology and featuring super fast changeover of the demolding belt.  New Era Machines manufactures complete manufacturing lines for cookies and crackers, including dough mixers, sheeters, laminators, sizers, convection ovens, and direct fired ribbon burner ovens, etc.



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“Koco” is now Kocotek: Company introduces new name, website, and logo






It is our pleasure to let you know that earlier this week, KOCO, Inc. introduced the new company name: Kocotek. The new name goes along with a new website and logo as well. The rebranding reflects the evolution of the company’s equipment and service offerings, as well as its vision for the future.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to add ‘TEK’ to the KOCO company name after serving the industry for 37 years, but we are both excited and confident that our new name better resonates our wealth of experience in developing and providing  processing and packaging technology to the food industry”, said Joost de Koomen, President of Kocotek.

Founded in 1979, KOCO began as a supplier of equipment primarily for the cocoa processing industry. Since then, it has evolved to serve the broader needs of its customers and principals by adding solutions for chocolate manufacturing, confectionery processing, packaging, and nut processing industries. The name ‘Kocotek’ was chosen to reflect a more diverse portfolio of technology, as well as a successful and ongoing transition to become a true ‘full service supplier’.

Today, Kocotek’s resources extend beyond the initial supply and start-up of machinery. A multilingual staff offers customers full support and service, including spare part procurement, emergency parts delivery, maintenance, engineering, logistics and project management.

While the new brand and logo have changed to better represent what the company is today, Kocotek’s mission and values remain the same – to provide expert advice and complete processing solutions from world-renowned machinery suppliers, and to develop long-lasting relationships with customers through industry-leading service and support.

Stay tuned for more news!

The Kocotek Team

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The Almond Conference


The Almond Conference is being held at the Sacramento Convention Center, Dec. 6-8, 2016.
The Almond Conference is the best place to meet with everyone involved in the California Almond industry and to get up to speed on the latest technology and techniques. Learn more here:  

DUY-0475#Logo Log5 2
Booth # 935