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How BSI+ helps turn double almonds into second revenue stream

Almond doubles (twins) are just as tasty and nutritious as their single cousins, yet often cause a high quality product to be sold at a lower grade due to the challenges around blanchin or slicing the odd shape. Whilst premium whole nut brands might reject these concave nuts, there are plenty of others waiting to turn them into butter, flour or use them in snack bars.

Biometric signature identification plus technology (BSI+) enables almond producers to automatically sort doubles into a separate graded stream, helping  to bring the Nonpareil into Extra #1 grade, or bring the Monterey into US#1 Supreme grade rather than selling at a discountThis advanced optical detection can detect slight variations in the moisture and oil content in the concave portion of the doubles.

Innovative almond producers are already implementing this technology, in order to capitalize on the  premium pricing that the higher spec quality standards demand.


Now what to do with the doubles?  Demand for almond butter and other products set to soar

The worldwide market for almond butter alone is expected to grow at a CAGR of roughly 8.3% over the next five years. According to a recent Global Info research study, this market will be worth $910 million by 2024, up from $610 million in 2019.

The almond flour market is experiencing similar growth, as consumers seek alternatives to wheat, and adopt low-carb diets such as keto and paleo.

This is excellent news for almond producers, with demand growing across every major global territory. But if they want to maximize these opportunities, multiple grade inspection and sorting technology is going to become increasingly important.


Nimbus sorting solutions plus BSI+ camera achieves most outstanding results

There is a specific tech requirement for businesses looking to branch out into new almond markets. TOMRA’s award-winning BSI+ is the only inspection technology currently available capable of detection on this level.

The Nimbus BSI+ sorter detects foreign material, plus specific defects and nut shape in free-fall.


Technology to drive competitive edge and help address global issues

 The most sophisticated technology does not have to be complicated to use. In fact, the latest software upgrades to Nimbus BSI+ require less operator training and resource investment.

This sorter is also a powerful data gathering machine, ready for the connectivity revolution set to be the next game-changer for fresh produce industries.

Topics: Defect Sorting, Nuts, almonds

Brendan O'Donnell

Written by Brendan O'Donnell

Brendan O'Donnell, Global Category Director (Nuts) at TOMRA Food, is also a member of the INC Scientific and Government Affairs Committee – a collection of academics and industry experts who work collaboratively to monitors scientific and technical issues related to international and supranational regulations, food safety and agricultural quality standards.