Hazelnut is an ancient fruit, a food with beneficial properties and an ingredient widely used in Italy and many other countries as a base for excellent desserts. Virto-Cuccolini vibrating sieves are a fundamental tool for guaranteeing the quality of hazelnuts in the various stages of processing and transformation.
Virto-Cuccolini has long been familiar with hazelnuts, and above all its derivative products, such as hazelnut flour, hazelnut grain and hazelnut paste: each product represents for us a specific sieving application for which we have developed, together with our customers, both plant engineers and users, vibrating screens able to classify the products according to the right grain size.
In the production cycle, after drying, roasting and qualitative selection of hazelnuts, in fact, grinding takes place, producing:
Grain, with particles typically larger than 1 mm;
Flour, with particles of dimensions typically between 500 µm and 1 mm;
Paste, with a subsequent refining to produce a homogeneous substance with a fineness of less than 18 µm (to which sugar will then be added).
In order to obtain products with these quality parameters, the major producers of hazelnuts and end products that include them as an ingredient, have relied on the Virto-Cuccolini vibrating sieves, which support the quest for quality hazelnut products through an operation of sieving in every passage where particle size selection is necessary.
The production of hazelnuts, according to the latest data, is increasing, driven by the needs of large companies producing sweets and health food products, with investment in new plantations especially in Italy. And Virto-Cuccolini is ready to support producers and processors of this rich product, as well as the whole food sector with applications dedicated to every single liquid or powdered ingredient.