Only Top Quality Chestnut Products Bamtrae
Cutting-Edge Processing Facilities… A Variety of Products Including Matbam, Sweet Chestnut Jelly, Marron Paste, and Geondangchimbam
Chestnuts contain abundant nutrition―calcium, protein, potassium, and much more. They are also rich in vitamin C, which is believed to be effective in skincare and recovery from fatigue. This nutritional balance makes the chestnut a wholesome food. One Korean company produces various processed chestnut products using Korean chestnuts and exports its products to Japan and Taiwan. That company is Bamtrae Agricultural Cooperative.
Chestnut Peeling Technology and Facilities with No Rivals in Korea
Bamtrae, located in Eunsan-myeon of Buyeo County in South Chungcheong Province, was established in 2005. It produces a variety of processed chestnut products including Matbam, Sweet Chestnut Jelly, Marron Paste, Geondangchimbam, Chestnut Puree, Shelled Chestnuts, and Marron Pancake―all of which are made with Buyeo chestnuts of the world-class quality.Bamtrae is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and facilities, such as the flame-based chestnut peeling system that can peel chestnuts in quantity using fire. No other company in Korea possesses such facilities. The system allows for peeling the shell of the nut by heating the nut at the high temperature of 650℃ while keeping the unique characteristics and flavor of the chestnut intact.In addition, Bamtrae offers high quality products at competitive prices. This is possible because the company can mass-produce peeled chestnuts, which increases productivity while reducing production costs including labor.Mr. Kang Bong-suk, a director of Bamtrae, introduces his company, “Bamtrae produces various, unique processed chestnut products that use as the main ingredient Korean chestnuts. These Korean chestnuts receive worldwide recognition for excellent quality. The key to our production is the ability to peel a large amount of chestnuts with the flame-based chestnut peeling system.”
Development of Cultivars Suitable for Processing…Supplying Trae 1
Bamtrae is actively trying to develop chestnut cultivars that are a better fit for processed products. The majority of chestnut varieties that are currently cultivated in Korea first need to be peeled of the thick outer layer that surrounds the nut inside the shell. For three years, Bamtrae, in conjunction with a Buyeo chestnut research group and chestnut farmers in Buyeo, has been developing a variety of chestnut that can exude a nice scent, peel well so that it can be easily used for processed chestnut products, and be robust against pests and blights. Their efforts led to the birth of “Trae 1.” This new cultivar received a favorable response from chestnut farmers at an agricultural show held on October 15. Now, Bamtrae is planning to expand the area of Trae 1 cultivation to 1,000 hectares in the next three years.Mr. Kang Sin-hwang, CEO of Bamtrae, said, “Our company has worked hard for several years on developing the cultivar in order to differentiate our chestnut products other Korean and Chinese products. Our hard work has finally paid off.” Mr. Kang revealed that Bamtrae intends to capitalize on the strengths of its chestnut―a good scent, high sugar content, and invulnerability to pests and diseases―to produce a variety of processed chestnut products that suits consumers’ preferences.
Complying with Rigid Production Safety Standards and Obtaining HACCP Certification
Bamtrae makes its products using only the Korean chestnuts of clear yellow color. All of them keep the original taste and nutrients of the chestnuts. They also receive recognition as healthy products that do not contain sugar or other additives. What’s more, the company strictly follows the rules of the hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) system. The company’s facilities have been designed and built to make clean and reliable products in the hygienic conditions that ensure removal of hazards at all stages―from preparing raw ingredients to producing and distributing the products. For its ceaseless efforts, Bamtrae was given the status of a HACCP applying company by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. In addition, Bamtrae employs a quality control team whose main responsibility is to check that the products have no flaws.
Winning Popularity among Large Distributors & Home-shopping Networks
Bamtrae products enjoy a big popularity in the domestic market. They are not only low in calories and healthy but they also, especially in the case of chestnut jelly and puree, have a subtle chestnut flavor that makes them taste great with tea. For these reasons, the products won the hearts of many Koreans, irrespective of age and gender.Bamtrae supplies its products on a contract basis to large distributors such as Lotte Mart, Homeplus, and Nonghyup Hanaro Mart. The shops specializing in environmentally friendly organic foods, such as Orga Whole Foods, are also showing interest in Bamtrae products. Recently, Bamtrae products are selling well through home-shopping networks like NS Mall.
Focusing on Export of Upgraded Products to Overseas Countries Including Japan
Bamtrae had once exported only peeled chestnuts, but it advanced into the processed product market by producing high value-added products. Now, the company is targeting the Japanese market where the consumers enjoy chestnuts but have to rely on imports due to a decreased amount of domestic production. Japan has demonstrated a huge interest in the high-quality, safe products of Bamtrae. With the help of recently improved processing skills, the company is able to develop products that can attract Japanese consumers. It is planning to commence sales through a Japanese home-shopping channel on December 26 this year. Bamtrae has set the goal of exporting USD$1 million worth of the products by the end of 2014.Mr. Kang said, “Although the amount of our exports has been hovering around USD$200,000, we have an ambition to achieve USD$1 million in exports this year by deploying an aggressive strategy, such as selling the products through Japanese home-shopping channels.” Mr. Kang is confident that Bamtrae products have a high chance of success in Japan due to the higher quality and food safety than the Chinese products.
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