Sunflower seed kernels - premium confection grade
Benefits and features
Called either confection or non-oil, these seeds are delicious and nutritious snack or addition to your favourite food. Confection sunflower seeds are normally black with white stripes and approximately 15mm. The heavy hull accounts for approximately half the weight of the seed and is loosely fixed to the kernel inside. Seed size is primarily affected by plant genetics, but also to planting density and weather.
Sunflower seeds are graded according to size and separated into groups. The largest size will go into the in shell market, and its kernels will be used as raw material in the confection industry as premium confection grade.
General specifications of the sunflower seed kernels - premium confection grade:
Purity level : 99,95%
Moisture content : 7% to 8%
Sunflower seed kernels per ounce: 350 +/- 50 pieces per ounce
Broken pieces of less than ½ sunflower seed kernels : 1% to 10%
Foreign matter : maximum 0.05%
Sunflower seed kernels - premium confection grade types:
Budget Quality : broken pieces of less than ½ sunflower seed kernels between 6% to 10%
Standard Quality : broken pieces of less than ½ sunflower seed kernels between 3% to 6%
Premium Quality : broken pieces of less than ½ sunflower seed kernels between 1% to 3%
Packing and Export
Packing is usually done in 15, 20 or 25 KG three layer paper bags, and exported in 40 feet containers which carry 25 metric tons or 20 feet containers which carry 18 metric tons.