CTI FoodTech is a world leading manufacturer of fruit processing machinery and a supplier of complete peach processing production lines.
Thanks to a global market reach, CTI FoodTech is the second manufacturer of peach pitters for number of units installed in the world.
With a complete range of machines for every production need, CTI FoodTech is the only company in the world currently providing all peach pitting systems (spoon, torque, repitter, coring).
The story of CTI FoodTech in peach processing, especially pitting, begins in 1986, when the company C.T.I. (founded by Ing. Biagio Crescenzo), that already had a long experience as a manufacturer of machineries for fruits and vegetable processing, starts an export plan of Italian technology to Spain. C.T.I. quickly notices the low efficiency of the existing peach pitting technologies and, in just 4 years, achieves a leading position on the Spanish market, selling hundreds of peach spoon pitters, which CTI owns original patents for.
In 1994 the Spanish company Crescenzo Tecnología e Ingeniería S.L. is established as aftermarket support on the Spanish market, both for spare parts and technical support service.
In 1996 FMC and CTI jointly approach the Spanish market with the new Peach Knife Pitter model 300-A, and cooperate for the improvement and marketing of the Peach Torque Pitter model CT800 “Extended Aligner”, with a capacity of 82 peaches per minute.
In 2008, CTI FoodTech officially purchases FMC FoodTech’s PEACH PRODUCTION business division, as well as manufacturing rights, patents and designs of the whole peach production line.
In 2009 CTI FoodTech introduces an upgrade of the Peach Torque Pitter model CT800, exporting it to U.S.A. and Spain. The same year, the Peach Knife Pitter model 300-A is introduced in China.
In 2010, CTI FoodTech installs eight Peach Knife Pitters model 300-A at a major Chinese processing factory. This is the first automatic peach processing line ever installed in China.
In 2011 CTI FoodTech consolidates its leadership on the Chinese market, thanks to the Peach Knife Pitter model 300-A, and completes the peach pitting line of the Chinese market leading company. In the meantime, the last Japanese manufacturer of canned peaches chooses the Peach Knife Pitter model 300-A for its production lines. In 2011, CTI FoodTech officially introduces the new Fully Automatic Peach Knife Pitter model 320 APA, which needs no additional manpower for peach orientation. The machine is a success in Italy, Spain and South America.
In 2012, the peach pitter 320 APA enjoys great sale success, conquering international markets. Several units are installed in the factories of major producers in Spain, Greece, China, Bulgaria and South America. CTI FoodTech keeps investing in R&D and improving its product range with upgrades and innovations representing the state of the art in the fruit processing field.
In 2013 CTI FoodTech’s leadership in Spain furtherly consolidated, with the installation of several units of the model 320 APA.
Video presentation of the new Peach Pitter model MECATRON at the CANCON 12 Congress in Stellenbosch, South Africa. CTI FoodTech sponsors the event. During the CibusTec fair in Parma CTI FoodTech introduces to the attending delegations the first unit of the optical scan system applied to peach positioning, capable of aligning 100% of the fruits along the suture line.
CTI FoodTech designs and builds the Peach Pitter 320 APA-E, the electronic version of the 320 APA. The machine is provided with an electronic system driven by a PLC, which improves its productive performance compared with the previous model.
The optical scan system implemented for the first time on other models is modified and installed on the Repitter Vision. The new machine is now capable of recycling the peaches that failed to repit because they were not correctly oriented.
Both machines are an instant sale hits and help the company open up new commercial outlets.
Thanks to an effective promotional action and to the partnership with its agent for North-America Concentrated Solutions, CTI FoodTech confirms and expands its commercial presence on the USA market.
During this year, CTI FoodTech is granted membership of CLFP (California League of Food Processors), the association of California food processing industry.
CTI FoodTech introduces on the market the Peach Pitter model Coring Peach, which completes the range of pitting technologies offered by the company. Designed for the Baby Food segment (Zero Pit Fragment Tolerance), the machine combines the trademark high performance of CTI FoodTech technology with top quality of final output.
CTI FoodTech introduces on the market the Peach Pitter 350 APA-Vision. At the unprecedented speed of 350 fruits per minute and with an improved system of fruit position detection, the 350 APA Vision represents the latest breakthrough in the peach pitting field, beating competition in capacity and yield, as well as product quality.
CTI FoodTech is certified ISO 9001:2015 for the design and manufacture of fruit processing industrial machines. A remarkable result that rewards the constant effort put into keeping the higher quality standards in its productive processes.
The same year, the company diversifies its offer, conquering further market segments in South America with machines designed specifically for local productions.
The commercial synergies with the partners who produce the technologies employed in its machines are strengthened and expanded.
For the new Greece facility opening, CTI FoodTech organizes an event attended by key players of Greek food processing industry and public officials of both countries. Several press organs, both specialized and generalist, dedicate space to the event. During the year, the company attracts interest from local media and the University of Salerno, which invites CEO Biagio Crescenzo as a speaker at a seminar on entrepreneurship, and exhibits at trade shows on new markets, such as AgroTech in Uzbekistan, Expoalimentaria in Peru, Polagra Tech in Poland and World Avocado Congress in Colombia. For these events, two new machines are introduced on the market, the avocado pitter 300 AVC, the first machine in the world capable of pitting the avocado, and the 350 APA-Vision, the fastest peach pitter on the market. The Spare Part service page opens on the company website, thanks to which customers can order spare parts online. The company introduces the new Peach Group brand, representing now all the societies of the industrial group and inspired to the flagship product processed with its machines. The year ends spectacularly with a triumphal first prize at the Best Practices Award of Confindustria Salerno and a finalist nomination at the prestigious Innovation Award of the Fruit Logistica show in Berlin.
Fruit Logistica, the most important trade show in the world for fruit processing, which is held every year in Berlin, lists CTI FoodTech’s new avocado pitter 300-AVC as a finalist of the prestigious Innovation Award, dedicated to the most innovative new foodtech products. The event is the ideal setting to introduce to the public the new product of the pitter line, the first in the world capable of pitting the avocado, which represents effectively the company’s commitment in affirming its vocation to continuous research and innovation in the food processing sector.
The Corporate & Investment Banking division of Banca Sella supports CTI FoodTech in issuing a “mini-bond” loan, destined to retrieve the financial resources to support the company’s investment plans. The operation is presented during a press conference held at CTI FoodTech factory, in attendance of Vito Grassi, president of Confindustria Campania, Andrea Prete, president of Confindustria Salerno, Biagio Crescenzo, CTI FoodTech CEO, Graziano Novello, Banca Sella’s Corporate & Investment Banking responsible, Gennaro Crescenzo, responsible of Banca Sella South Territory, and Andrea Pozzi of Banca Sella sales direction.
In October, CTI FoodTech opens officially its new headquarter, located strategically in the Salerno Industrial Zone. The event, selected as CibusTec premiere, is attended also by Confindustria president Vincenzo Boccia, who spends words of praise for the company founded by Eng. Biagio Crescenzo. The same month, a delegation of CTI FoodTech takes part to CibusTec, where the promotional campaign titled “Wherever there’s a fruit to pit, we’ll be there”, enjoyed great popularity among visitors attending the show. At the event, CTI FoodTech introduced its new products, the Zero Pit Fragment and the CTI-FAS.
In 2020, CTI FoodTech is, once again, a topic of press interest for its new breakthroughs in technical progress for the food processing sector. Attention to CTI FoodTech’s innovations is dedicated by specialized press such as FreshPlaza, Food & Packaging, and by communication issues of government agencies such as Invitalia. CEO Biagio Crescenzo is invited repeatedly to speak at sectorial events, live streaming shows on social media, presentations of industry-themed books.
The company’s intellectual property assets grow of one new patent, for the Avocado Pitter 300-AVC. Trade show promotion continues, with booths at Fruit Logistica (Berlin) and AgroProdMash (Moscow).
During the most difficult months of Covid, CTI FoodTech stands out for commitment and reliability in ensuring continuity of production and support, to provide uninterrupted support to the food chain.
This year, CTI FoodTech intensifies its Corporate Social Responsibility activity, contributing to events such as “Insieme per Sarno”, donating to the Salerno Archidiocese one unit of TARS thermal scanner, contributing to city’s cultural events.
2022 marks the beginning of a new phase for CTI FoodTech. The company communication for this year is themed after the new trade statement “The New Way of Pitting”, which effectively summarizes the innovative spirit behind the design and marketing of its fruit processing technology. The concept was featured in CTI FoodTech’s booths at CLFP’s Food Processing Expo in Sacramento, California (USA), AnugaTec in Koln ( Germany), Foteg in Istanbul (Turkey). Once again, international specialized press is positively impressed by the company’s technical and commercial efforts. The food processing and fresh produce industry web portals Food Industry Executive and Fresh Plaza both run articles about the top performing peach and apricot pitters 320 ZPF, CTI-1200 and AP-1800.