Fruit Logistica 2015

Mechanical onion peeler to feature again at Fruit Logistica 2015

For onion growers and food producers who missed the opportunity to see our onion peeling machine at Fruit Logistica 2014, the good news is we will be back to exhibit at the 2015 show in Berlin on 4th -6th Feb.

And like last year, we will again be teaming up with our distributors Marcelissen to demonstrate the M&P Onion Peeler in action. Up close, visitors can certainly appreciate the simple yet extremely effective and durable design of our onion peeler, which can top, tail and peel up to 110 onions per minute. These qualities, together with the major labour-saving and cost-saving features of the machine are making our onion peeler a preferred option for a growing number of food producers around the world.

We are very excited at the prospect of attending the trade show and looking forward welcoming visitors to our onion peeling demo.

For more details about Fruit Logistica 2015 you can visit the exhibition website at

Meantime, if you have any questions about the onion peeler, or have an onion peeling requirement you would like to discuss, please complete our contact form or call us on +(44) 0161 872 8378

Mechanically peeled shallots leaving the discharge conveyor

Shallot Peeling Machine

M&P Engineering have once again shown the excellent versatility of our large onion peeler by modifying the machine’s design to peel shallots for a food processing company in France.

The multiple-clove shallots require topping and tailing before peeling,  and are very narrow. This presents a difficult technical challenge, as the shallots shape is awkward to handle mechanically.  M&P provided the perfect solution with design modification to the feed hopper and discharge conveyor on the Mk3 large onion peeling machine.

These innovative modifications helped to prevent a large proportion of the finished product being lost with peelings, and ensures efficiency is at the very high levels of all our machinery.

This complete adaption of our Large Onion Peeler to a Shallot Peeler is ultimately made possible by the unique design of the skinning wheel, which allows for a much wider variation of produce shape.

The shallot peeling machine is now in full production with a capacity of up to 110 shallots per minute.

If you would like more information about our Large Onion Peeler or have a requirement you would like to discuss, please get in touch.


Shallot Peeling Machine

Shallot Peeling Machine



Radish Top and Tail



Never afraid of a challenge,  M&P engineering have been working with a customer to modify a small onion peeler to top and tail radishes!  Although radishes don’t require peeling, the unique and positive way the M&P machine handles the product means that the radishes are topped and tailed safely and consistently.


Radishes are usually eaten raw in salads but can be steamed or roasted.  They are increasingly sold pre-packed, washed, topped and tailed for convenience


The first machine is to be delivered this month and already the design team are investigating other potential uses for this unique machine.


Contact the M&P sales or technical team for more information.


Large Onion Peeler

Onion Peeler Machine Production

Since the relaunch of the new onion peeler machine from M&P engineering, staff have been working hard to satisfy the worldwide interest in this unique equipment.

The latest machine to be built is for an Australian company and is due to be shipped next month.  The MK3 onion peeler machines are available with many options allowing installation worldwide and can be used on its own, or fully integrated with an existing production line.

Call our sales team now on +44 (0) 161 872 8378 to discuss any aspect of onion peeling machinery.

Large Onion Peeler

M&P Engineering re-launches production of onion peeling machines in Manchester

M&P Engineering have begun production of an updated version of an onion peeling system using a technique which was developed by them in Manchester over forty years ago.  The company hopes that the mk3 onion peeler will match the success of the previous machines and has been updated to take advantage of current manufacturing techniques and to comply with the latest electrical and safety requirements.

World production of onions was over 74 million tonnes in 2012 (source wikipedia). Arguably the world’s most popular ingredient, whether pickled whole, cut into rings, slivers or diced, it first must be peeled.

The large onion peeler from M&P Engineering tops, tails and peels onions of 45mm to 115mm diameter using a unique method developed by the company in the 1970’s. The compact unit can peel up to 110 onions per minute without water, producing a finished product indistinguishable from hand peeled.

  • The machine uses a compact, simple mechanism which means it is reliable and can be installed and maintained with no specialist knowledge, worldwide.
  • The dry peeling process allows companies to lower water usage and the waste can be composted or burnt to generate power.
  • It can peel a wide range of sizes and shapes of onions without the need for change parts.
  • The machine does not damage the product, meaning the onion can be used directly for pickling or will give maximum yield from further processes like slicing or dicing.

The heart of the M&P Engineering onion peeling system is the skinning process. “Unlike other manufacturers, our machine doesn’t grab or skewer the onion to peel it. Instead we use an air vortex chamber which was designed in the 1970s here in Manchester. Thousands of man-hours went into the development of the system which has yet to be bettered.” – Pamela Nugent, MD at M&P Engineering

The actual skinning process has been captured for the first time using a high speed video camera in the new promotional video available on the M&P Engineering website. Emerging markets, pollution restrictions and the growing interest in good food ingredients means increasing demand for this type of machine.
M&P have recently expanded into a new factory unit to accommodate production of this and other food processing machinery.

About M&P Engineering:

M&P engineering was formed in 1982 when Fraberry Engineering bought the process machinery division of Mather & Platt. M&P Engineering Limited are a leading manufacturer of filling, depositing, packaging and food processing equipment used by major food manufacturers worldwide. The company has been designing, developing and manufacturing machinery since the 1930’s and continues to develop equipment by combining new technology with tried and trusted techniques gained by over eighty years of operation. The company’s strength lies in its ability to provide the customer with solutions based on a wealth of accumulated know-how, incorporating up-to date techniques where appropriate, but always with a sound engineering understanding and exceptional customer service.

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