Old Dutch Foods Inc. is an American icon in the manufacturing of potato chips and other snack foods in the Midwestern United States and Canada. Their product line includes brands such as Old Dutch Potato Chips, Dutch Crunch, Ripples, Cheese Pleesers and Restaurante Style Tortilla Chips
Because of high demand, both for quality and performance of the production line, Old Dutch Foods Inc. scanned the market looking for a partner that could help convert their continuous and batch potato chip slicing lines into a state of the art process. “We did not rush into a hasty decision. Since it involves investing in capital equipment, we carefully looked into the economic advantages that the investment could bring us. Next to that, strong brand recognition and reputation in the market place is very important to us, so quality is our driver”, explains Jorn Remmem, Director of Plant Operations and Engineering at Old Dutch Foods.
After identifying the available options in the market, the decision was clear. Old Dutch Foods decided to partner with FAM™ by using the Centris™ product range, including SureSlice technology. “For decades there have been no innovations in cutting technology for potato chips. The solutions offered by FAM were as a breath of fresh air”, recalls Remmem. But it took more than just the word of FAM to convince Old Dutch Foods. “We had a first meeting with the US branch of FAM. They made a few bold claims that seemed too good to be true. That’s why we decided to evaluate these claims in our rigorous production atmosphere. To our delight we were able to confirm FAM’s claimed improvements.”
“It immediately became clear that the team lived up to every promise they made, so we were convinced. FAM’s solution really does offer better quality and increased capacity. We’ve been using the FAM SureSlice technology for 10 months now, and we can honestly say that we are still impressed with the difference in both quality and performance: there’s lower scrap rate, less starch loss and nearly no tapered slices. Our process is more stable: less variability and better yield. We are able to produce more product at a higher quality”, says the Director of Plant Operations and Engineering at Old Dutch Food.
But the quality of the line is not the only bonus that Old Dutch Foods sees in the collaboration. “The team of FAM has shown professionalism and partnership throughout the entire process. They treat us as a real partner and make us more competitive with their potato chips slicing technology. The local team gives us the support we need with spares and service available 24/7. They always go the extra mile for us! In FAM we found a great partner.”
Old Dutch Foods uses the FAM Centris™ product line with SureSlice cutting technology including the patented SureSlice cutting heads and impellers for batch feeding and continuous lines. SureSlice fits on all common centrifugal slicing machines. SureSlice technology is a direct result of NECST, the innovative Next Evolution in Centrifugal Slicing Technology.