The BALTUSSEN process
Zero Waist Process
The residues of our natural products are used for food in the animal and pet industry! The rest of the natural residues are converted for use in natural compost.
The streams, such as packaging materials are collected separately and go into the recycling process. BALTUSSEN chooses to work in this manner and searches for better cradle-to-cradle options. We contribute to a sustainable environment.
Entry of the products
Upon entry of all fresh ingredients, the vegetables and / or fruit are cleaned. This means that they are washed, blown clean and be cleaned.
Phase 1) The fruit and vegetables are cleaned and ready for use.
In this phase, the natural ingredients are prepared for the process and to eventually end up in our glass jars. All products are prepared in such a way that the jars can be filled. This means that green beans are tipped, tough parts are removed, sieving, cabbage cores are drilled out, products are cut and made ready for filling.
Phase 2) Ingredients and flavor
The specific recipe is made. This means that we make the juice for each specific product. In this juice, we do not use preservatives. We mainly work with natural ingredients. In case of organic products this means that we include cane sugar, apple juice and see salt as ingredients.
Phase 3) Steamers
The product is preheated and again sorted. The products are still not cooked! The steamers improve, ensure and guarantee the quality of the products. Incorrect products will not end up in the finished product.
Phase 4) Pour and fill
The fresh products are in the jar together with the juice. There is a distinction between the different ways to fill a jar. A ‘roll filler’ is used for all vegetables that can roll. Another filler is used for all vegetables that cannot roll like beans. Also a liquid filler for products like applesauce and tomato sauce. During filling each jar is checked for wrong content by a metal detection system.
Phase 5) Seal off
The jars are closed with the lid. Each jar gets a tracing code. The tracing mechanism makes it possible to know which products come from which farmer. All products are checked by x-ray after they are closed.
Phase 6) Sterilization and cook
The next step is that the products are cooked and sterilized or pasteurized. This is done in a kind of large kettle. This is called an autoclave. The autoclave heats products so they are ready and automatically preserved. BALTUSSEN does not use preservatives in her process. Depending on the product it takes between 10 and 82 minutes to sterilize the product. Sterilization occurs between 110 and 123 degrees Celsius max.
Phase 7) Quality Check
The autoclave takes several measurements every 3 seconds. Only when all measurements have green light (meaning ok) the products get out of the autoclave. The scores depend on the quantity, volume, the product and the recipe. In each stage, the quality department takes product samples and is testing. We do this to ensure that your products are optimal.
Phase 8) Storage and labeling
The products are stored without label at least two weeks. Each jar is checked for pressure, color and extraordinary things before it is labeled. This is seen by differences in mass, density, etc. If the product fails the high standards then the product will be thrown out of the process.
After two weeks, the products are labeled and packed. Each jar is put on a tray and finds its way to one of the supermarkets.
Phase 9) ServiceIf a product does not meet our quality standards or there are other problems our quality department is ready to intervene. In this way we help our customers but also the consumer to enjoy the quality of our products.