Franklin eggs set to soar away

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Pukekohe is set to be­come an egg ex­port­ing hub, af­ter FRENZ (New Zealand Free Range Egg Com­pany) revealed its new egg grader on Fri­day.

The new ma­chine checks, sani­tises, sorts and pack­ages free range eggs, and can fill a 20-foot con­tainer ev­ery two-and-a-half hours.

FRENZ di­rec­tor Rob Darby said the new ma­chine would ex­pand ex­port po­ten­tial to Asian coun­tries.

‘‘In New Zealand we have an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide some­thing the rest of the world can’t do all year round.

‘‘Although Asia is the world’s largest egg pro­ducer world­wide, the de­mand for high qual­ity, freerange and or­ganic eggs in Asian coun­tries is in­creas­ing and this new ma­chine gives us the abil­ity to meet ex­port de­mands and ex­pand into new mar­kets.’’

He added there would be ben­e­fits for the com­mu­nity as well, since a hand­ful of FRENZ egg farms are based in Franklin.

‘‘There’s ben­e­fits [to the com­mu­nity] be­cause FRENZ don’t own any farms, they are owned by mum and dad farm­ers in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We can put eggs on the table in Ma­cau and Hong Kong and I think that’s pretty spe­cial.’’

Darby said the ma­chine’s abil­ity to wash, dry and UV san­tise eggs, and then coat them with a nat­u­ral oil to pre­vent bac­te­ria en­ter­ing the eggs was a huge bonus.

‘‘Our sani­ti­sa­tion meth­ods give our eggs a longer shelf life of up to 60 days, ver­sus the usual 35, which makes it more vi­able for FRENZ eggs to be shipped over­seas.’’

He also added they were safer to han­dle while cook­ing, be­cause bac­te­ria left on an un-sani­tised egg has the po­ten­tial to be as harm­ful as raw chicken.

The new egg grader has other fea­tures that will help to se­cure in­ter­na­tional or­ders.

The fea­tures in­clude the abil­ity to sort eggs based on shell colour and to dig­i­tally print on eggs in a mul­ti­tude of lan­guages, in­clud­ing Man­darin.

‘‘This is an ex­cit­ing next step for the team here at FRENZ.

‘‘Chick­ens might not tra­di­tion­ally mi­grate over vast dis­tances, but our new tech­nol­ogy will al­low New Zealand’s best qual­ity freerange and or­ganic eggs to make it over­seas.’’

FRENZ di­rec­tor Rob Darby says the busi­ness will ex­pand global ex­ports with its new egg grader.

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