The world’s only hydraulic food press has just opened in the tiny village of Papa Napa in Chile, where its owners hope to soon be able to provide the local populace with a fresh-baked delicacy for less than a dollar a kilo.
The small, 100-square-meter (1,200-square foot) unit was designed by an international company, TerraForm Energy, and will be capable of producing about 1,500 kg of food per day for local residents in Chile’s northern region of Santa Cruz, the company said in a statement.
The concept of the hydraulic foodpress was born during a time when many other food products needed to be manufactured in huge industrial facilities, the statement said.
“The fact that you can have your food produced locally has a huge impact on the people living in the villages that have to be fed,” said Francisco Rodriguez, chief executive of TerraForm.
The food press will be able also provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the local community, as well as meat for local restaurants.
TerraForm is an international food production company with headquarters in Santiago, Chile.
The company says it hopes to eventually be able deliver up to 1 million kilograms per day of food to the Chilean market.
The company says the development is a major step toward reducing the world supply chain by making food products locally produced.
In a statement, TerraFORM said it will use a variety of technologies to make its production process environmentally sustainable.
“Our goal is to be able in five years to make food for everyone in the world with our new food production technology,” it said.
The announcement was made in the city of Santa Rosa, where TerraForm is headquartered.
The project was completed in 2017 and the plant is now open to the public, with an initial goal of producing 20,000 kilograms of food a day.
For now, the plant will only produce fresh fruit and vegetables for local customers, but the company says a future expansion will allow for more production.
The plant, which will also produce chicken, will be one of the largest in the region, with plans to produce about 10,000 tons of food in the next five years, according to TerraForm President Jose Angel Garcia.
TerreForm hopes to be fully operational by 2020, the firm said.