On 11 March 2019, SATS Ltd. (SATS) unveiled a new SGD 25 million (USD 18.5 million) kitchen with food technologies that can preserve nutritional qualities and optimize taste while extending shelf life. The facility has an automated rice line capable of producing about 4,000 rice portions an hour, auto-fryers with the capacity to cook approximately 120 kg of rice or noodles in an hour, a thermoforming packing line, and the first commercially available pasteurization and sterilization technology in Asia.
The facility has digital twin technology that helps SATS to simulate different production scenarios and the cooking process for each recipe to optimize the use of resources in its kitchens. By harnessing digital twin, SATS can capture the culinary insights and experience of its chefs digitally and empower them to reproduce the same recipe faithfully.
A team of food technologists, dietitians, and chefs at SATS has worked to develop a variety of menus using the new technologies. It will offer a selection of these meals to aviation customers in the initial phase and extend the distribution of similar meals to non-aviation customers under its Country Foods brand at a later stage.
SATS is the chief ground-handling and in-flight catering service provider at Singapore Changi Airport. It is also a leading provider of gateway services and food solutions in Asia.
(Sources: SAT; Channel NewsAsia)