Dates processing

Date syrup can be considered one of the most innovative and attractive by-products in date processing. Especially in the Middle East and in the North African countries, date syrup is used as a substitute for honey or other similar sweeteners, as well as in confectionary and drinks. Bertuzzi date processing machinery is designed for producing syrup either from fresh or dried dates.

Soaking, pitting and pulping

In the soaking tanks, equipped with stirrer and outfeed screw, the dates are re-hydrated.
Depending on the required capacity, the de-soaked dates are sent either to our stoning machine SuperCreamer or JumboCreamer, guaranteeing a clean separation of stones from pulp and syrup.

Top view of four soaking tanks in a dates processing plant we've installed in Lybia
Bottom view of the tanks
JumboCreamer stoner
SuperBiCreamer double-stage refiner

Syrup filtration

Before the product is filtered, we pasteurize it in our plate heat exchanger ThermoFlash. The unit is manufactured in several sizes and can be mounted on skid. The date syrup is clarified by vacuum rotating filters with Kieselguhr pre-coat. As alternative to the vacuum filter ultrafiltration can be used.

ThermoFlash plate pre-heater/pasteurizer/cooler
Two Vacuum Filters installed in parallel to guarantee a continuous production
An Ultrafiltration line installed for the clarification of apple and pomegranate juice

Syrup concentration

Optionally, syrup can be concentrated. Our three effects plate evaporator Flashterm is suitable to concentrate date syrup from 18 to 72° Brix.

a two effects rising film plate evaporator model FlashTerm processing fruit juices
Plate cooler

Aseptic and non aseptic filling

Date syrup can be sterilizied or pasteurized depending by the specific request of the application by a sterilizer/pasteurizer plate sterilizer/pasteurizer.

Once sterilized the product can be filled in aseptic bag in drums or in box thanks to Bertuzzi Aseptic Fillers.

Our aseptic filler Aseptica Prima is suited for filling bags-in-drums, bags-in-boxes. the unit is integrated with Aseptic Tank.
Aseptic filler Aseptica Prima during operation
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Drum filler

Cleaning of the plant

All Bertuzzi lines are designed according to the international food grade requirements and to be fully cleanable by exploiting integrated cleaning procedures and systems or centralized and fully automatic CIP system. The Bertuzzi CipMatic is specifically designed to guarantee a perfect and efficent CIP of the fruit processing plants.

The CipMatic model 3.000/2 ready for shipment
a CipMatic 1.500/3 installed on a fresh fruit processing line