Iftekhar Ahmed & Co
GROWER, PACKER, PROCESSOR, EXPORTER OF FRESH FRUIT, VEGETABLE ,FRUIT PULP ,PUREE & CONCENTRATE

Kinnow (Mandarin)

Kinnow (Mandarin):

The Kinnow is a cross fruit, closely related to the Mandarin but with a unique taste. This is primarily due to the soil constituency and climate under which they are grown in Punjab, Pakistan from November to March.

The Brief Grading / Processing Step



Pre-Sorting:

Handpicked Kinnows are carefully, pre-sorted at the farm. This process eliminates unwanted fruits from being transported to the packing house. It is important that all handpicked Kinnows are carefully transported for packing, where 20 Kgs plastic bins are used.

Drenching:

Once Kinnows arrive at the packing house, they are drenched withThiabendazole (TBZ).

Sorting 1:

Kinnows which are filled in the plastic bins then carefully placed on a sorting conveyor, where skilled workers hand-check Kinnows and reject low quality or unwanted pieces.

Washing:

Clean, drinking water is sprayed to remove field dirt. The water is regularly checked and tested at the laboratory to ensure purity and cleanliness.

Drying:

lt is important to dry Kinnows after washing, before they are coated with wax.

Waxing and Application of Funjicide

Fungicide, together with wax is applied after the drying process. The fungicide and wax, namelyThaibendozole and Imazalil,are imported from EU countries and comply with international standards of EU,HACCP.

Post Wax Drying

Once wax is applied, the drying process begins under controlled temperature to ensure complete and effective drying of the fruits.

Sorting 2

After washing and waxing,Kinnows shine in full luster. Any unwanted fruit is further sorted on the sorting 2 conveyor.

Grading

All our Kinnows are processed using state of the art AWETA-HSG(Holland) computerized system that is a full spectrum machine that handles the job from washing to packing stage. Kinnows,that are not upto standards in color,weight,size and quality are automatically rejected.Moreover,with soft handling of fruits during processing, the machine protects the fruit from any mechanical injuries.

Sorting 3

Highest quality premium fruits are our top priority so the fruits are sorted at final stage on sorting 3 conveyor after washing, waxing and grading so that only premium quality fruits are packed.

Packing

IAC’s pack house meets high international standards of quality control. It is one of the most modern citrus packing house in Pakaistan, where each piece is hand-packed in its final stage. Qualifies and experienced skilled workers place Kinnows in corrugate cartons of 10 Kg and 13 Kg or in cartons of different sizes, according to customer’s requirements, ensuring safe handling. Moreover,food grade stickers are placed on top layers and finally packages are strapped for sorting.

Pre-Cooling

Temperature of Kinnows should be cooled down, before storing or loading into containers, in a desirable temperature of +4 degrees centigrade.IAC is equipped with state of the art computer controlled pre-cooling chambers.

Cold Storage:

lAC operates its own cold storage facilities in Karachi and Sargodha. These facilities have the latest equipment for preservation of optimum quality. We have a storage capacity for One Million 10 Kg cartons. After pre-cooling, Kinnows are stored in cold storage, before they are loaded onto reefer containers.

Cool Chain:

lAC strongly focuses on maintaining its cool chain. As a result, all reefer containers have generators installed that ensure consistent cooling. Our cool chain ensures perfect quality, freshness and humidity retention at the time of arrival and delivery.

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