Rising product demand and the desire to build export sales led Mexico City-based La Coste"a to open a more modern chili pepper cannery two years ago. Late this summer the plant's 15th canning line was up and running matching the number of lines operated at the former factory. The previous factory's capacity however was no match for the new location. During the same 10- to 12-hour daily shift the factory is now able to can up to 900 metric tons of peppers during the peak summer production season about 50% more than was possible at the previous plant. Peppers are canned for both retail and foodservice customers. "We are constantly working to lower our costs and improve our product quality so we can offer a better value to our customers" says owner and general director Vicente Lopez. Automated equipment at the newer facility is largely responsible for lowering costs and boosting capacity. One prominent example of this is the can end handling equipment from Fleetwood Systems (Romeoville IL). La Coste"a uses nine Rotofeeders that automatically deliver can ends to the 15 lines. Several of these Rotofeeders are equipped with a dual-discharge feature that permits them to handle two lines.