First-hand product knowledge, explained by a professional, presented in an understandable and clear way for all trainees, professionals and industry participants. What does "count" actually mean? PMM College clarifies!

The indication of a count or a caliber is not mandatory in food law, but it helps with orientation and is part of good manners from a commercial point of view in order to exclude any misunderstanding when purchasing.

So: The caliber of olives, for example, is a measure of how many whole olives come to a certain weight.

Important: The count always refers to 100 grams of raw material before processing.

This should be known, because after processing and coring, if necessary, the weight and size of the olives change.

In the trade, extrapolation is made on a kilogram basis, i.e. multiplied by a factor of 10.

In any case, the lower the count, the larger and higher quality the olives. Paul M. Müller, for example, trades in ADRIA canned goods with a count of 26/29 as a short designation. This means that there are approximately 260 to 290 olives per kilogram of raw material. In the ADRIA jar, for example, we offer a count of 28/32, which means that there are approximately 280 to 320 olives per kilogram of raw material. Our popular top product ADRIA-Queens comes to a count of about 100 to 110 large, flavorful olives.

For whole artichoke hearts, the number of pieces is given in counts. However, the count is counted differently for artichokes. Important: The larger the count, the smaller the artichoke hearts. That is, a count of 30/40 indicates a number of pieces of about 30 to 40 hearts in the can. ADRIA canned artichoke hearts are available in small cans (425 ml) with counts of 5/7 or 8/12 up to a high count of 25/30, 30/40 to 50/60 for large cans (2650 ml). Small hearts are correspondingly more expensive.

Once again, the count is counted differently for our agate snails. Here the count is declared in dozens. That means: In the 850 ml ADRIA can (30 oz) we have about 12 dozen, so about 144 snails.

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Max Mustermann

Expert for cans and pulses, VDD and VFED certificate Chair at the RWTH Aachen University of Technology
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