The horsemeat scandal branded ‘horsegate’, saw millions of beef burgers, ready meals and packs of mince withdrawn from supermarket shelves in 2013 when it was revealed they contained undeclared horsemeat. According to experts and many peer reviewed publications, the seafood industry could be even more susceptible to this kind of fraud than other sectors. New technology could hold a solution.

There are thousands of fish and seafood products on the market and new ones being added every day. This places more demands on storage technology and warehouse management, for all the products have to be procured, stored and put together at the customer’s request (often in varying quantities) and delivered at the right time and in the right quantity. This would no longer be possible today without computer technology and automation in the storage sector.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) store, display, and allow the manipulation of geographic or spatial data facilitating sharing and analysis of this information. Essentially, one can think of it as map-making on the computer, and using these maps to analyse a situation and solve problems.

One of the most ubiquitous pieces of equipment used by the fish and seafood industry is the plastic tub. They are used for storage, for transport, for salting and marinating, and for collecting waste. Tubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are also made of different materials depending on the use to which they are put, and the environment in which they are deployed, for example, containers used on board may need to be more robust than those intended for a land-based facility.

Despite its relatively small area and population, Germany is one of the world’s most important export nations. It owes its economic success not only to the big stock exchange listed companies but also to numerous small and middle sized enterprises that have often been in the hands of the same family for generations. One of the strengths of German industry is processing machines that set international standards in the seafood sector.

Termodizayn specialises in designing and implementing customised turnkey solutions for coldstores. These skills are also being put to use to develop mobile cooling solutions that can be used in many different contexts.

Gravimetric determination of mass using weighing scales of different design is today indispensable in all areas of life, whether commercial, economic or personal. Weighing technology is used everywhere, for example to check catch volume, to register or trace the movement of goods, or to enable adherence to exact recipes as well as to promote honest trade. The range of available weighing scales is accordingly large and there is a solution for almost every application and measuring range.

Whole fillets, precisely portioned loins, or guaranteed boneless tail pieces: the range of fish cuts at fresh fish counters and in MAP is getting wider all the time. It was not until intelligent portioning machines that measure each fillet separately were developed that such sophisticated products became possible. And because consumers want boneless fish products, pinbone removers are becoming increasingly efficient, too.

Fish and seafood are sensitive products that mostly require packaging for transport and presentation at the retailer’s. Whether simple plastic bags or intelligent case-ready concepts, the packaging should be easy to handle, it should ensure product quality, and it should provide customers with information. Choosing between the numerous packaging options is quite a challenge for manufacturers since today packaging also has to be recyclable and climate-friendly.

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