Carrots are delivered fresh to the factory, each load is visually assessed for foreign material and physical defects. The load is then cleaned, peeled, sliced, blanched, cooled, frozen, graded through either 6.5mm bar or 8.75m square hole screen, inspected and then filled into either 25kg sacks, 10kg cardboard cartons or bulk palletainers for further reworking if required. The chippings are produced from the undersize graded out of diced or sliced carrots. The pallet or palletainer is then labelled and transferred to the cold store, where they are stored at –18C or below until required for packing.
During packing, the carrots are inspected before being filled into blue polythene lined cartons or blue plastic sacks and weighed. The carton/sack is then sealed with blue tape and inkjet printed with product description, weight, Use By and Production Date code in DD/MM/YY format, it is then metal detected, palletised and stretch wrapped before being returned to store at –18°C to await despatch.