Over the years, Tomric has expanded its chocolate product offering to include plastic packaging insert trays and high tech confectionery equipment. About 12 years ago, it also partnered with Selmi Chocolate Machinery and became the exclusive distributor of the Italian equipment company in North America.
Selmi mainly manufactures automatic quenching systems, as well as cooling tunnels and deposition systems, said Tomric President Thomas Elsinghorst. Bean-to-Bar equipment is Selmi’s latest offering.
Helping small to medium-sized confectioners create chocolate from bean to bar
Tomric has already worked with several bar manufacturers in the United States to provide them with processing equipment. For example, Brooklyn-based Mast Brothers bought the company’s bar molding line, and Dandelion Chocolate uses Selmi’s quenching units.
Elsinghorst added that as bar bean becomes a popular trend in the chocolate market, most of the customers Tomric currently works with are still in the small to medium range.
The Selmi Bean-to-Bar range contains six individual machines that help produce chocolate from raw cocoa beans, including Roaster Centosei, Winnower, Grinder, Micron, Vibro and TopEX.
In the basic configuration, the whole line can produce up to 130 to 175 pounds of chocolate per day. The equipment can also be configured to handle larger quantities, according to Tomric.
A finished chocolate from bean to bar can be produced in four to five hours using Selmi’s equipment, Elsinghorst added. “But the volume of production really depends on the individual purchases of the equipment… 60 kg per day (130 pounds) is certainly sufficient for small and medium producers.
More common to sell individual items
Elsinghorst said Tomric was most successful selling individual items instead of the entire Selmi Bean-to-Bar range.
“We have certainly sold the whole system to people who want a single solution, but there are many more who are already on the right track looking to solve particular problems.”he said.
“There are other ways to configure the equipment with other options to increase throughput. “he said.
“The price also depends on the size of the production units. It’s somewhere between $ 85,000 and $ 95,000 to get a [Bean-to-Bar] system.”