For Kiremko steam peeling is one of the major potato processing steps where their innovation efforts and product development is directed to. This has been the case for many years.
Steam peeling emerged in the late 1960s as a replacement of lye peeling and abrasive peeling. This was better for the environment and with steam peeling the peel residue could be used as high quality cattle feed, as opposed to lye peeling.
Developing the steam peeling process has really been a Dutch affair in which Kiremko was, and still is, one of the most important players. More than 20 years ago the first steam peeler was built in the US, by
Idaho Steel. Nowadays Idaho Steel supplies the America's and Kiremko the rest of the world.