Trusting its long-term relationship with Marel has paid off for Swedish salmon smokehouse Falkenberg Laxrökeri, which improved yield significantly by switching to an I-Cut 10 PortionCutter.
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Located in the town of the same name on Sweden’s west coast, the Falkenberg Laxrökeri smokehouse was established in 1980 by local couple Gunnel and Per-Arne Korshag. For much of the time since, the company has been working closely with Marel or its former entities, Scanvaegt and CP/Carnitech Salmon.
With 41 employees, Falkenberg processes 900 tonnes of salmon each year as both warm and cold-smoked products, along with 600 tonnes of other fish such as mackerel and herring. Falkenberg’s largest market by far is Sweden, where it sells mainly to wholesalers and supermarkets.
In 2011, Falkenberg added a Marel I-Cut 10 PortionCutter to its processing line, a decision that has since paid dividends in a number of ways.
“We’ve been working with Marel for many years, and have a great relationship with the company’s salmon division,” says Falkenberg managing director and owner Niklas Korshag, son of the company’s founders.
“Knowing our suppliers as well as we know Marel plays an important part when choosing equipment for our operations” he continues. “With regard to the I-Cut 10, we didn’t even try out any other portion cutter.”
To date, the unit has lived up to the confidence that Falkenberg put in both the machine and Marel.
“This portion cutter is more accurate than the one we had before, which means that we get a substantially better yield on our salmon products,” explains Korshag.
“And as yield performance and economy go hand-in-hand, the increased yield means that we have had a very reasonable payback time on the machine”.
Korshag believes that the trend among consumers in Sweden, as in many other countries, is focusing increasingly on exercise and healthy eating. And as fish products are part of a healthy diet, this can work to his company’s advantage.
“However”, he continues, “there is also a greater focus on stock levels. Consumers are aware that fish resources aren’t unlimited, and it is important that we producers live up to our sustainability claims. This means that we must make the most of the products we produce, and the I-Cut 10 plays a vital part in this, as its great cutting accuracy ensures that we utilise our products to the full”.
Working with Marel
For Falkenberg as a company, Marel’s position as the leading supplier of most of the processing equipment in its industry is of great advantage. However the long-term relationship with Marel is not only important when looking at new equipment.
“We have a great dialogue with Marel on much of our equipment and needs”, says Korshag. “With Marel as supplier of several pieces of our equipment, we have the advantage of having just one technician coming out for service visits.
“We’ve signed a service agreement with Marel, and could not be more pleased with the service we receive,” concludes Falkenberg Laxrökeri managing director, Niklas Korshag.