NYS Food Venture Center - Fruit and Vegetable Processing Pilot Plant

Pilot Plant Facilities

A 10,000 square foot facility on the Geneva, NY campus devoted to the preservation and processing of fruits and vegetables. Includes an extensive equipment inventory and full utilities.

Small Scale Unit Operations

Numerous pieces of equipment ranging from a ceramic ultrafiltration unit to an FPS pouch system are available in the pilot plant. Complete processing lines include continuous applesauce processing, apple/grape/tomato juice processing, and green bean canning.

Contact John Churey at 315-787-2258 or jjc2@cornell.edu


Unit Operations

High Pressure Cookers

  • Vertical still retorts with over pressure
  • FMC steritors
  • FMC Pouch Cookers

Low Pressure Cookers

  • Applesauce line
  • Heat exchanger
  • Steam Injection System
  • Exhaust tunnel

Dehydration

  • Cabinet hot air dryers
  • Freeze dryers

Juice Extractors

  • Rack and frame presses
  • Belt press
  • Large bladder press
  • Hydrolic press
  • Willmes bladder press
  • Continuous screw press

Juice Pasteurizer

  • Pasteurizer

Filters

  • Plate & frame filters
  • Drum filter
  • Ultra filter

Freezing

  • Blast Freezer

Blanchers

  • Steam belt & cooling
  • Vacuum blanch chamber

Packaging

  • Bottle Filler
  • Vacuum packaging

Additional Facilities

  • Raw Products Building
  • Cold Rooms