CHICAGO -- New from C. Cretors & Co. is a continuous processor designed for volume production of popcorn and other healthy popped and puffed snacks. Called Originate Air, it subjects a stream of kernels to a steady current of hot air. Output is said to be approximately 40 lbs. of popcorn per hour.
Cretors, which introduced its first continuous hot-air popper, the Flo Thru, in 1968, noted that the new Originate Air brings industrial snack food technology to the concession stand. The stainless steel popper is a smaller version of Cretors's Model 80 continuous hot-air popper; it measures 63" high x 59" wide x 34" deep. Operator customers can add the Cretors 50-lb. "caramelizer" unit to assemble a complete popper and coater that turns out consistently coated caramel popcorn.
Established in 1885, C. Cretors & Co. was formed to commercialize its founder's patented steam-driven popcorn machine, which popped the corn in oil. By 1967, the company had introduced a patented continuous production line that used a hot air fluidized-bed oven for high-volume popcorn production, able to turn out from 80 to 5,000 lbs. per hour.
Building on its long history of leadership in popcorn equipment, the company has expanded to include machines that produce and/or dispense cotton candy, nachos and caramel corn, and hot dog, topping and dispensing equipment, as well as warming and display cabinets, all available through its foodservice division.