Pecan Specifications

Atlas Walnuts does not use or intend to use any Genetically Modified Organisms in the production of Pecans or Walnuts.  In addition, no other additives or preservatives will be added to enhance quality.  Our production is based solely on natural resource.


Fancy Pecan Halves


Blain Farms processes and packs fancy pecan halves as Fancy Mammoth, Fancy Jr. Mammoth, Fancy Jumbo, and Fancy Chipped Halves.





Mammoth Halves Jr. Mammoth Halves Jumbo Halves Chipped Halves


Product Description
Pecan halves are shelled pecans prepared from whole, sound, mature nuts, of any variety, harvested from cultivated pecan trees of the genus Carya. Whole nuts are cleaned, shelled, sized and graded to meet and exceed the United States Department of Agriculture's Standards for Grades of Shelled Pecans.


Product Definition
U.S. standards for "halves" or "half-kernel" mean one of the separated halves of an entire pecan kernel with a maximum 1/8 of its volume broken or rubbed off. Blain Farms strict requirements for halves is that only one tip of each half shall be broken within the 1/8 volume. If both tips are broken, even within the 1/8 volume, it will not be considered a half.


Applications

May be eaten as a food, snack, or used as an ingredient.


Product Specifications


Size Classification Minimum 85% of lot, by weight, are halves and the remainder off-size pieces

Size (by count): No. of halves per pound

Mammoth Halves: 250 or less
Jr. Mammoth Halves: 251 - 300
Jumbo Halves: 301 - 350
Chipped Halves: 351 - 400
Shell and Foreign Material (by weight): 0.05% maximum
Meal or Dust (by weight): 1% maximum thru 3/32"
Color: Fairly uniform in color, not darker than "amber" skin color
Color Classification: Fancy (light), Mostly golden color or lighter, max 15% by weight darker than light
Total Defects (by weight): 3% maximum
Moisture: 4.5% maximum


Microbiological Specifications

Aerobic Plate Count: 5,000/g maximum
Yeast: 500/g maximum
Mold: 500/g maximum
Coliforms: 100/g maximum
E. coli: <3 MPN I g
Salmonella: Negative
Ingredients: Pecans


Regulatory Status
Processed in accordance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's current Good Manufacturing Practice, 21CFR110.


Packaging Specifications
Packed in a clear poly liner, nitrogen flushed & heat sealed, in a new fiber case, tape sealed top and bottom. Cases are labeled and marked with run # and date code.


Net Weight 30 lb
Gross Weight 31.9 lb
Case Dimensions 19" x 12.5" x 8"
Cube 1.1 cubic feet
*May also be packed in fiber totes with clear poly liner on slipsheet and/or pallet.
Palletizing


Pallet pattern interlock
Cases I layer 7
No. of layers 7
No. of cases 49
Storage Recommendations
For maximum shelf life, store at refrigerated temperatures below 34° F and maximum relative humidity of 55%.


Fancy Pecan Pieces

Blain Farms processes and packs fancy pecan pieces as Fancy X-Large, Fancy Large, Fancy Medium, Fancy Small, and Fancy Midget.






XL Pieces Large Pieces Medium Pieces Small Pieces Midget Pieces


Product Description
Pecan pieces are shelled pecans prepared from whole, sound, mature nuts, of any variety, harvested from cultivated pecan trees of the genus Carya. Whole nuts are cleaned, shelled, sized and graded to meet and exceed the United States Department of Agriculture's Standards for Grades of Shelled Pecans.


Product Definition
Pieces are sized through screens with round holes ranging in diameter from 3/16" to 9/16". Blain Farms pieces are fairly uniform in size consistent with the size classification.


Applications
May be eaten as a food, snack, or used as an ingredient.


Product Specifications

Size Classification by weight: Min Diameter*/Max Diameter**
 Fancy X-Large: 8/16" / not a complete half
Fancy Large: 7/16" / 8/16"
Fancy Medium: 4/16" / 7/16"
Fancy Small: 3/16" / 4/16"
Fancy Midget: 1/16" / 3/16"
* Will not pass through round hole of following diameter
** Will pass through round hole of following diameter
Size Tolerance (by weight): 15% maximum for off-size pieces
Shell and Foreign Material (by weight): 0.05% maximum
Meal or Dust (by weight): 1% maximum thru 3/32"
Color: Fairly uniform in color, not darker than "amber" skin color
Color Classification: Fancy (light) Mostly golden color or lighter, max 15% by weight darker than light
Total Defects (by weight): 3% maximum
Moisture: 4.5% maximum

Microbiological Specifications
Aerobic Plate Count: 5,000/g maximum
Yeast: 500/g maximum
Mold: 500/g maximum
Coliforms: 100/g maximum
E. coli: <3 MPN I g
Salmonella: Negative
Ingredients: Pecans


Regulatory Status
Processed in accordance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's current Good Manufacturing Practice, 21CFR110.


Packaging Specifications
Packed in a clear poly liner, nitrogen flushed & heat sealed, in a new fiber case, tape sealed top and bottom. Cases are labeled and marked with run # and date code.


Net Weight 30 lb
Gross Weight 31.9 lb
Case Dimensions 19" x 12.5" x 8"
Cube 1.1 cubic feet
*May also be packed in fiber totes with clear poly liner on slipsheet and/or pallet.
Palletizing


Pallet pattern interlock
Cases I layer 7
No. of layers 7
No. of cases 49
Storage Recommendations
For maximum shelf life, store at refrigerated temperatures below 34° F and maximum relative humidity of 55%.


Natural In-Shell Pecans and Natural Pre-Cracked Pecans



Inshell Pecans Cracked Pecans


Product Description
In-Shell pecans are whole, sound, mature, nuts, of any variety, harvested from cultivated pecan trees of the genus Carya. Whole nuts are cleaned, sized and graded to meet and exceed the United States Department of Agriculture's Standards for US#1 Grade of Pecans. "Pre-cracked pecans" are in-shell pecans, which have been run through cracking equipment for ease of shelling by the consumer.


Product Definition
U.S. standards for in-shell pecans require that pecans be free from loose extraneous material. The pecan shell must be fairly uniform in color and free from damage by any cause.


Applications
May be eaten as a food, snack, or used as an ingredient.


Microbiological Specifications
Aerobic Plate Count: 5,000/g maximum
Yeast: 500/g maximum
Mold: 500/g maximum
Coliforms: 100/g maximum
E. coli: <3 MPN I g
Salmonella: Negative
Ingredients: Pecans


Regulatory Status
Processed in accordance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's current Good Manufacturing Practice, 21CFR110.


Packaging Specifications
Packed in clean, new denier polypropylene bags.


Net Weight 50 lb
Gross Weight 51.9 lb
Bag Dimensions 21" x 36"
Palletizing


Pallet pattern interlock
Bag/Layer 5
No. of layers 5
No. of bags 35
Storage Recommendations
For maximum shelf life, store at refrigerated temperatures below 34° F and maximum relative humidity of 55%.

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