Broad beans are mechanically harvested and delivered to the factory. Each load is sampled and assessed for foreign material, seed size and physical defects. The load is then cleaned, cut, blanched and frozen and filled into bulk palletainers. The frozen beans are sampled and assessed against this specification. The palletainers are then labelled and transferred to the cold store, where they are stored at –18°C until required for packing.
During packing the beans are inspected before weighing and filling into blue poly lined cartons, or, into 15kg or 20kg heat sealed poly sacks. The cartons/sacks are Best Before and Production date coded, check weighed, metal detected, palletised and stretch wrapped before being returned to store at -23°C to await despatch to the customer, at -18°C.