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Having bought a sorting machine for their plant in Corella, Navarre, back in 2017, BS Cocinados, were already familiar with the efficiency of the TOMRA 5B, a top-of-the-range vegetable, potato and fruit sorting machine. This time, at their plant in Funes, they needed to enhance the quality of the peeled and sliced potatoes used in Spanish omelettes, eliminating defects of any kind.
Hilario Zapata, Director of Operations at BS Cocinados, tells us about the new project: “By opening this new plant, which involves an €18 million investment and 150 new direct jobs – not to mention indirect jobs – the company will increase its production capacity by 30%. We will also be able to access international markets thanks to the exclusive cutting-edge technology we have bought, such as the latest version of the TOMRA 5B. By using this sorting machine, we know we are offering the best product on the market.”
BS Cocinados contacted TOMRA through Luciano Aguilar, the TOMRA Food distributor in Spain for vegetables. Julián Peraira, Technician and Sales Engineer for Luciano Aguilar, says: “In light of the successful incorporation of the TOMRA 5B optical belt sorting machine at the Corella plant in 2017, and the consequent improvements in sorting compared to their previous supplier, BS Cocinados came back to us looking for the same solution as two years ago: removal of defects, mainly around the edges, in the sliced potato. By buying this new machine they are guaranteed to produce a zero-defect potato: no green skin and no rotten or dented potatoes.”
Alejandro Palacios, Area Sales Manager for Spain and Portugal, at TOMRA Food, concludes: “It makes TOMRA immensely happy to know that a client like BS Cocinados, S.L., who produce a typical Spanish product – the tortilla de patata – have placed their trust in us for the second time. The fact that the TOMRA 5B can detect millimetre-sized black spots around the edges of the potato slices improves the appearance of their product and allows the company to stand out from its competitors.”