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In their quest to produce the freshest, most natural product possible, Sunrise Fresh turned to innovation in their moisture content. In their search, they came across Aqualab and measuring water activity, before understanding the benefits it could bring.
“We found AQUALAB when we were looking for a moisture meter before we understood what water activity even was.”
Sunrise Fresh started with AQUALAB, which measures water activity and moisture on a single sample. The moisture content measurement has higher precision than fast LOD moisture meters or DFA moisture meters. AQUALAB helped them to get more precise moisture contents and also introduced them to the idea of water activity.
“We noticed that moistures can change very quickly and rapidly, but water activity stays pretty consistent.
At Sunrise Fresh consistency was the goal of their dried cherries, known to be an inconsistent product to handle.
Using SKALA software, Sunrise Fresh could gather all their data in one place and see a greater picture: recording everything from temperatures on driers, internal temperatures from the warehouse, moisture and water activity readings provided by AQUALAB.
“Our whole goal is to show the world that we can produce an all-natural dried cherry.”
- Jake Samuels, Vice President | Sunrise Fresh
Monitoring water activity of the product and dryer temperature gave a clear understanding of where the fruit was in its life cycle and whether adjustments were needed.
“We can track the quality of the product, make sure we are hitting the specs for shelf life and quality.”
From floor supervisors to quality control technicians and owners, all information is accessible and allows further control in any part of the process.