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Fresh Peeled Chestnuts: An Acient Crop Made Ready-to-Use

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
34425
Program Year/Program:
1996 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
34425
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Empire Chestnut Company
3276 Empire Road SW Carrollton, OH 44615
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1996
Title: Fresh Peeled Chestnuts: An Acient Crop Made Ready-to-Use
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

A significant growth area in the food industry is fresh-prepared fruits and vegetables. Chestnuts are a prime candidate for peeling as a minimally-processed, refrigerated product. The present market volume of chestnuts is rather small and dominated by imported, in-shell chestnuts which often reach the consumer in poor condition and are tedious to peel by hand. An obvious solution is to offer fresh peeded and packaged chestnuts. A simple impact peeling process that we developed for chestnuts will be refined to produce this product. Objectives are 1) to improve chestnut preconditioning and the peeling device for maximum peeling with minimal kernel damage; and 2) to develop handling methods to obtain at least a two week shelf life.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Gregory Miller
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Empire Chestnut Company
3276 Empire Road SW Carrollton, OH 44615

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No