Some customers prefer hazelnuts with their hard outer shells removed. In this case, workers remove the outer shell on the cracking line. The cracked hazelnuts pass through to the lobe sorting line.
Before undergoing further processing, the moisture of the hazelnuts must be reduced to between 7.0 and 7.5 percent. During the drying process, drying tanks are filled with nuts, where their moisture content is reduced.
After the hazelnuts are cracked, they go to the next station: lobe sorting. The hazelnuts are fed into lobe tanks based on their dimensions (from 9 to 17 millimeters). Here, they are further dried to within acceptable standards. During this process, rotten hazelnuts are identified and removed from further processing.
The sorted hazelnuts are then taken to an additional sorting line, where dust and shell remnants are removed. They are sorted by size, with certain sizes being selected for additional processing based on customer preferences.