Many sandwiches sold in grocery store delis are still assembled by hand. But with labor costs and food safety concerns becoming more top of mind, the decision to switch to automated production makes more and more sense, equipment industry leaders say.
The 1000i series single piston depositor line is food portioning equipment specialist Unifiller Systems Inc.’s top product when it comes to sandwich production, says Andy Sigrist, senior product manager. Most of Delta, British Columbia-based Unifiller’s sandwich customers are regional or global commissaries providing product to grocery and convenience stores, airports and other end-users, he says.
The 1000i depositors, which can be used alone or over a conveyor system, spread, spray or print accurate portions of condiments and sandwich fillings. Fillings like egg salad, tuna salad, seafood salad and chicken salad and spreads like peanut butter and Nutella are among the common applications, Sigrist says. Of course, “sandwiches” in this context also means burgers, wraps and breakfast sandwiches, and the 1000i line also was designed with those products in mind — depositing dressings, beans, spreadable cheese and other toppings are among its other capabilities.