One of the main exporters of frozen fish in Peru, Coinrefri SRL, has intensified its investment in technologies to offer the market more products with greater added value. In order to efficiently meet the increased demand since 2016, the company invested in a partnership with Marel, which provided automation solutions for the processing and final packaging operations of the Paita and Tacna plants.
“For a long time, most of our customers were importers who distributed the fish to other industries for further processing. Over the years, we have identified the growing demand for products for retail (supermarket) and HoReCa (hotels, restaurants and catering)”, says the general manager, Francisco Takahashi Iguchi.
To serve the retail and HoReCa sectors, the company sought solutions for automating the packaging process to diversify the product offerings with higher added value to end consumers. To this end, it invested in equipment from Marel's grading, batching and weighing, and portioning lines.
At the Paita plant, where giant squid, hake, scallops and mahi-mahi are processed, the needs were in secondary processing and packaging, the agility of the lines and control of giveaway. Marel's SmartLine grader, two Compact Graders, and a TargetBatcher were installed, in addition to bench scales and checkweighers with metal detection to resolve the issues.
At the Tacna plant, where trout on Lake Titicaca are processed, demands arose at the beginning of the line in the primary processing of fresh fish.
“When we began our trout operations, the primary processing was very manual. We decided to implement equipment that automated these processes, such as a Pinbone Remover, an active quality control line, and the Fillet Washer. Then, we chose to complement the final process with a TargetBatcher and a Compact Grader”, reports the general manager.