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Guarantee consistent, accurate, and efficient quality control is performed at any part of the fresh produce handling life-cycle; including during delivery, pre processing, post processing, and dispatch. Create quality control tests based on each customers requirements, and even create a daily factory hygiene test, employee performance tests and more. Accurate quality control helps to improve customer confidence and quality perception. Easily follow fresh produce quality control & fresh produce inventory guidelines.
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Monitor orders, assign orders to specific pack-houses (you can have unlimited processing sites in farmsoft), and allow micro monitoring of each production lines output requirements using dashboards. The dashboards ensure the correct products are produced at the correct time to fill orders. Dispatch teams are given details on their mobile device (or PC/Mac) and scan pallets onto orders. Administration teams can see orders are picked and ready for dispatch, and are presented with the correct documents for printing. All of these features result in improved accuracy of both production and dispatch processes.
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"Complete solutions for carrots is our core competence"
German early carrots have been available for sale for several weeks now, and this year's harvest campaign is also getting ready for carrots and onions. For Michael Hörnschemeyer, Managing Director of M.H. Packaging and plant technology, this will traditionally be the peak season. After all, tailor-made complete solutions for the three main crops mentioned above - from materials handling to processing to fully-fledged packaging systems - have been the company's everyday business since the company was founded. "At this time, or from May to the end of July - it is a difficult phase: the cultures are getting going again. Many facilities will be overhauled shortly before the start of the new harvest."
"Packaging and plant technology for potatoes, onions and carrots is still our main focus. Nevertheless, we have been able to gradually expand our scope: for example, we currently supply several lines for lettuce processing in Switzerland. Although fruits and vegetables still account for about 80 percent of our total sales, in recent years we have also added a few by-products, such as bakery products and animal feed," explains Hörnschemeyer, talking about his company's many years of development.
Michael Hörnschemeyer is the proud founder and managing director of the company.
The experienced machine supplier currently has two orders for fully automatic carrot packaging machines "We also try to deliver optical sorting systems. We work together with several well-known partners. In my opinion, this technique has great potential for development, especially in the case of onions. This is true also for Germany, although we are not traditionally a large cultivation country. For potatoes, water treatment is becoming more and more of an issue," Hörnschemeyer says on the current developments.
Moderate returns, but high investments
The market for the three main crops is always good for a surprise, knows Hörnschemeyer after more than 30 years of experience in the industry. Hörnschemeyer: "There are always ups and downs. Yields were well below average for the last two years. However, this product failure has boosted trading prices, which is why you ultimately earned money. In addition, the requirements in the market have risen sharply. As a result, a lot is invested in technology."
View into the production hall of M.H. Packaging and Plant Technology GmbH.
Every customer - no matter if he is big or small - is just as important to the company owner. "Everyone has a right to be present on the market. We also want to be available for the smaller ones - e.g. farmers with direct marketing.. Finally, manageable projects are also beautiful projects. We have already established ourselves among the big players. "It is still important for a customer to have a contact person throughout the entire process who also reacts." Our advantage is clearly our flexibility. You will also be rewarded for this immediate service. The challenge for us as a manufacturer and supplier is to deliver the high-quality and user-friendly technology at a market-driven price."
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"Carrots will remain fresh and crunchy in paper packaging for up to three weeks"
"We had already started paper packaging for carrots in 2017 and 2018. The challenge here was that consumers really wanted to see the carrots before they bought them," says Hans Grips, Managing Director of cartomat Schiefbahn GmbH from Willich-Schiefbahn. "In order to make that possible you actually need a viewing window, which is closed with a foil, but such mixed packaging is now rejected by the big retail chains." The expert is also very concerned about the complete recyclability of his packaging material - so it took a while for a complete solution to be found.
Left: The brand new paper packaging for carrots
Right: Managing Director Hans Grips at last year's Potato Europe
After various tests, it turned out that the paper packaging itself was much better for the durability of the carrots than plastic packaging. "The carrots remained fresh and crunchy at room temperature for up to three weeks, and such a discovery must be considered in the trade." Ultimately, they opted for paper packaging with open windows for ideal presentation, optimum durability and easy, environmentally friendly disposal. The secret of durability lies in the material: "Thanks to its long-fiber structure, our paper is particularly receptive to water and regulates the moisture of the carrots very well."
Vertical and horizontal packaging
"At the moment there is a big problem in Germany: The packaging companies are under pressure from the trade to find alternatives to plastic - because that's what the consumer wants." To address this problem, cartomat now offers its practical paper packaging. This is on the one hand for vertical packaging, but also small packages in horizontal machines. "We can convert any machine to paper packaging with comparatively little financial outlay."
The company headquarters in Willich
Environmentally friendly mono-packaging
Plastic-free packaging is a major trend in German food retailing and many chains have set ambitious goals for avoidance. As a result, some materials have been incorrectly declared as recyclable on the market. "We want to offer honest paper packaging - cartoPaper makes such eco-friendly mono-packaging possible, and so far, we're the only supplier in the world to come up with a fully recyclable solution," Grips concludes.
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Sustainable carrot packaging with high recyclability
In the course of the discussion around the new packaging law and the
corresponding initiatives to increase recyclability, Brocker subjected its own brand "Brocker carrots" to the test "Design for recycling". The company is proud that its packaging complies with the Green Dot's "Best Practice" criteria.
These points are some that have a positive impact on the recyclability of sustainable packaging:
- Bright coloring in plastic packaging
- Use of mono-materials instead of material mixes
- Optimized label solution for respective packaging
- Optimized closing solution for respective packaging
- Separability of components within the recycling process
For more information on this (in German): www.gruener-punkt.de/de/leistungen/design4recycling/best-practice.html
As another highlight at the start of the year, Brocker Möhren will be present at the Green Week in Berlin from 18-20 January 2019. "We are proud to be able to attend Germany's largest consumer trade fair for the fourth time, especially this year, and look forward to the busy first weekend of the trade fair. In addition to many activities around the carrots, we will be showing our "My carrots" initiative this year and the famous mascot Max Möhren! "Explains Peter Boley (Quality Manager and Marketing Manager). You will find us as usual in the North Rhine-Westphalia hall of No. 5.2.a at booth 176. You can also follow our activities at # BrockerMöhren on Facebook. We are looking forward to your visit.
For more information: www.virtualmarket.gruenewoche.de/de/Brocker-Möhren-GmbH-Co-KG,c470253
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Harries Carrot Concept presents new packaging concept and carrot fibre
"Harries Carrot Concepts is more than just grated carrot and carrot blocks," says Britt Helsen, Innovation Manager at Van Rijsingen Groep, of which Harries Carrot Concepts is a part. "We have invested in consumer research to understand the motives which are concerning snacks and the consumption of carrots. This gave us diverse insights on which we based our new Candy Carrots concepts."
"The basis for all developments is easy, health and above all, flavour! This resulted in two special and practical packagings, which are very recognisable in the shop because we moved away from the general plastic bag. Anyone who knows the ready to cook vegetable section, knows that it's a wall of plastic bags," says Britt. "In collaboration with DeDutch/Het Foodatelier we have designed two packagings that stand out and give us and our customers space to communicate much more. Think of target market focussed graphic designs aimed at children or working women. We have taken the visibility of the Candy Carrots into account in both packing designs, something that is essential for the Dutch consumer."
The 'from the land packaging' contains 5 bags of 100 grams of Candy Carrots in a zip packaging. the "Windowbox" contains 5 bags of 100 grams of Candy Carrot balls: a snack portion of vegetables for every school/ working day. We have also been very busy with sustainability at Harries Carrot Concepts and have studied the in and output of the process very closely, to see if we can do more in square value. We looked at components for this. One of these components is carrot fibre, which can be applied to various products. We also have a 'Tapas range' based on carrot and carrot fibre, which we developed ourselves. The range consists of a trio of "Carrot spreads" and a trio of "VeggieBites" (meat replacements). Responsibly tasty! In this way we offer a justifiable option to existing spreads and keep it close to home by using carrot in stead of exotic components. The carrot fibre is very suitable as a meat replacement, but also does very well as a humidity binder in bread of pizza dough. The possibilities of carrot fibre are endless: from technical application to enriching food."
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Many tape printers installed at onion, carrot and potato packagers
Since Sarco and Actitec have jointly introduced the new printers for printing packing tapes, a number of them have been successfully installed. Although the printer was initially intended for onion packagers, installations have now also been carried out at carrot and potato packhouses. The compact design means the printer casing can easily be built onto multiple types of machines, including ERC, Manter and Pro-Pak machines.
A robust thermal printer is added onto the packing machine in a dust-free casing. When the packing machine feeds the next bag through the sewing machine, the necessary piece of tape is immediately supplied and printed.
Users don't have to keep large amounts of tape in all sorts of sizes, weights and other particulars anymore. One standard tape is sufficient. Then you decide, aided by software suite Labelstar, what product information will be included on the tape.
An automatic tape alert system stops the packing machine in case, for whatever reason, something goes wrong during printing or feeding the tape into the sewing machine. That way you're certain that no bags will be delivered without tape.
The tape printer also provides clear progress for exporters. Fresh produce is, after all, a trade with highs and lows. Tape often has to be bought on an ad hoc basis, which means it could take half a day or an entire day for the packager to start readying the order. With this printer, production can be started right away, because the special tapes for Malaysia, Brazil etc., are also directly printed on the packaging machine. So there are no residues that then have to be thrown away.
With this printer, it's also easy to print special fields and codes. For instance, a field that is updated automatically every minute with the current date and time, to create one's own traceability code. Or a serial number that increases automatically. In short, the traceability of your products will be a lot easier with this solution.
Bolthouse Farms re-imagining business after Campbell exit
In June this year, Campbell Soup sold off Bolthouse Farms - the company it had acquired seven years prior. The move means that Bolthouse Farms is returning to its roots of being a vertically-integrated fresh produce business. FreshPlaza spoke with Jeff Dunn, CEO of Bolthouse Farms, and asked what the new status means for the company moving forward.
Dunn is very optimistic of the new direction, and possibly the most compelling reason for this is the fact that Bolthouse Farms has the opportunity to refocus on what it does best - growing, packing and distributing fresh foods, namely its well-known carrot products, and also a more recent venture - plant-powered beverages.
"We are getting back to being a produce business, which involves having a long term orientation with a daily focus," Dunn said. "Our focus now is getting back to the basics, reinstalling our core processes and prioritizing customer service. The senior leadership at Bolthouse Farms wanted to get back to a customer service model and we are excited to be back on this track."
Dunn said the company has moved quickly in this direction, hiring numerous people in the process. "We are standing up our team again and have hired 70 - 75 people since the sale," he said. "More than half of those have worked with Bolthouse Farms previously."
Innovation key in new direction
While Bolthouse Farms is excited to be returning to its original premise of being a grower-shipper of carrots, much of the discussion is how they will move forward from here. Dunn sees innovation in all aspects of the business, from carrot production to the plant-powered beverage movement the company has taken in recent times. This also includes other plant-powered foods where the company sees potential for growth.
"In the mid to longer term, we will evolve the company into more of a plant-powered strategy," Dunn shared. "Some of our products now include fruit and vegetable-based smoothies and juices, as well as plant protein milk, and also protein beverages & functional shots. As consumers become more interested in sustainability and health foods in general, we see huge potential for plant-powered beverages and the plant-powered movement on a broader scale."
In the organic space, there are a lot of developments that Bolthouse Farms wants to initiate. This extends beyond the fundamental organic lineup and will likely be related to the plant-powered products that Dunn mentioned. "We will reinvent our organic programs," Dunn said. "There is a lot of demand in the market for organic materials which will have implications related to acreage and production."
More advancement in carrots also
The company's carrot division is also set to become more tuned in with the modern innovations that are available. Dunn said that Bolthouse Farms is already well equipped when it comes to automation and advancements in carrot processing and packing. But one area where the company is set to delve into more is in the less tangible processes.
"We already have a lot of robotics and automation in place," he said. "However, much of our future focus when it comes to carrots will be to refine the product, including introducing new varieties and optimizing the carrot growth cycle. We also have a lot of data, which we plan on utilizing more effectively to further perfect the entire supply chain."
It seems exciting times are ahead for Bolthouse Farms as it continues to reaffirm its identity as a vertically-integrated produce business and grow into new facets of the produce industry. Dunn concluded by providing a preview of what the company has in store and will be further revealed at PMA Fresh Summit this week. "We will be launching more than 25 new products at PMA," he said. "Including line extensions, new flavors, new categories and innovations in fresh carrots over the coming months."
Visitors to the PMA Fresh Summit will find Bolthouse Farms at Booth #3265 and as part of Booth #2537.
New carrot cleaner gets rave review
Wout Vos from Polderfresh is very satisfied with the carrot cleaner DT Dijkstra supplied to his company at the end of June. “Because of experiences we had with another brand, we had a few specific desires. DT Dijkstra built a machine exactly as we wanted it. It is a fine cleaner.”
Polderfresh in Espel is a large player in the carrot processing world in the middle of one of the most important carrot cultivation areas in the Netherlands. The company processes 20,000 tonnes of carrot every year. Besides cleaning and packing, Polderfresh also supplies semifinished product (carrot pieces) to cutting plants. Polderfresh is the largest processor of organic carrots in the Netherlands.
Polderfresh has separated processing lines for conventional and organic carrots. Last year it was decided to replace both carrot cleaners after 40 years of service. The old cleaners had a round slatted drum. The first new machine arrived in November. This carrot cleaner has an octagonal drum with laser-cut slots. It soon transpired that little rocks sometimes got caught in the slots, causing damage to the carrots.
“We therefore wanted the second machine to be equipped with a slatted drum,” says Wouter Vos, Head Technical Service and manager of Polderfresh. In addition, Vos did not want a round slatted drum like they had previously, but an octagonal one. Similar drums are standard in potato cleaners, but not for carrots. “The product is cleaned better in an octagonal drum,” says Vos. The carrots roll around more, and clean each other. A slatted drum also removes more of the leaves, which means less lubrication in the line and polisher. Furthermore, it is more product-friendly, because the carrots fall less often. “But the supplier of the first machine did not want to incorporate these changes.”
Vos was not deterred, and did some research. During a conversation with DT Dijkstra, this machine builder turned out to be capable and willing to build a carrot cleaner that met all of his wishes. The machine was fitted with the desired octagonal slatted drum, and the slats were not made of hardwood, but from stainless steel with rounded edges. Because the slatted drum, which is six metres long, is relatively heavy, it was equipped with a stronger drive. For that drive, stainless steel-reinforced belts were used, which are also used in CVT machines. The carrot cleaner is provided with a food safe PVC mesh belt with catches for drainage. A similar belt requires less maintenance than conventional steel bar belts.
The machine came into use in June, and after four months experience, Vos is enthusiastic. “This is the machine I wanted,” he smiles. “The DTD cleaner revolves around the organic carrot, and that is often more difficult to clean, because the soil is stuck to the carrot more. But the carrot comes out of the machine very clean.”
Vos also cannot complain about the capacity of approximately 15 tonnes of carrot per hour. However, the biggest compliment is unexpected. “Someone from another machine builder was here recently,” Vos says, “and he was also very enthusiastic about the design and the clean result.”
Gezer Shallit finds advantage in fresh carrots
Rony Baruch (Agricultural Production and Marketing) and Mahmud Yonis (Packing House Manager)
For Gezer Shallit, one of the largest exporters of carrots in Israel, the unique climate in Israel gives them an advantage over other suppliers. While markets in Russia and Europe suffer through cold weather that forces them to rely on carrots from storage, because of the moderate Israeli climate, they can grow, harvest and ship fresh carrots throughout Europe.
“We only export fresh carrots,” explained Rony Baruch. “While it's winter in Europe and the carrots there are not very good, we take advantage of the opportunity to ship fresh carrots there.” The superior quality of their carrots ensures Gezer Shallit's exports garner a favorable prices. That extra income helps make up for the disadvantages that Israeli growers usually face with respect to their competition throughout Europe.
The carrots are washed (left) and sorted (right)
“The carrot business requires very expensive equipment because everything we do is automated,” said Baruch. “We also pay our workers well, and we just invested in a new cold room.” But the payoff is that Gezer Shallit will be able to control the entire production process, from the contracted growing of the carrots on 400 hectares all the way through sorting, packaging and shipping.
After the carrots are sorted and washed, there is an extra check for the carrots
Harvesting begins in October and continues through July, but Baruch noted that their peak season really begins in March, when supplies of in Russia and throughout Europe are depleted and they can take advantage of markets who crave fresh carrots. In fact, the demand for their product is so great during that time that the entire company works seven days a week just to fulfill the orders received.
“It's very intensive work from March through July,” said Baruch. “But that's the time we pick and export the most because it's cold in Europe.” Through their run, they pick 35,000 tons of carrots, and 60 percent of that is exported, which is about on par with the rest of the country's carrot exporters, who export about half of the carrots grown on 3,000 hectares. Of the exported product, most of it finds its way to Russia, where consumers pay a higher price for larger sizes. But Baruch explained that they're making an effort to branch out beyond their main export destination, because too much reliance on one market is dangerous. For that reason, Gezer Shallit has been exploring markets in North America.
“We have to spread our exports around,” said Baruch. “We believe that if you want to get good prices in a market, you have to be present there for when the prices rise.” The challenge lies in finding trustworthy brokers in new markets, because Baruch said the way they do business is by establishing long-term connections with people who can guarantee fair prices and timely payment.
“Prices depend on the markets,” said Baruch. “So we'd prefer to find people with whom we can do business season after season rather than chasing price bubbles.”
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AU: The growing popularity and uses of Queensland carrots
Interest in local carrots is thriving, according to one of Queensland's major grower and packing companies.
Kalfresh is preparing to hold its annual Carrot Day this weekend, with a booked-out attendance of 750 people set to visit the farm, as part of Scenic Rim Eat Local Week. Media and Promotions manager Alice Gorman says it is in its sixth year, and is an excellent chance to meet the community.
"We park up a few of the tractors and the kids love getting in them," she said. "It started with about 50 people and every year it has grown from there. This year we have had to cap it at 750 pre bookings, and I have 60 on the waiting list. They will come through the factory and see the brushing of the carrots, and then they go out into the paddock and pick their own carrots."
Photo Courtesy: Kalfresh
The company is one of Queensland’s leading vegetable production companies and boasts a state-of-the-art washing and packing facility. It supplies Australia-wide and internationally, with its key lines of carrots, green beans, onions, pumpkins and pre-prepared vegetables. Kalfresh has more than 3000 acres under crop in five growing regions, allowing it to produce all year round.
"We are coming into our peak time now, and we are looking at a pretty good season," Ms Gorman said. "The weather has been good. Although, we had a few challenges early on in the season with the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, it brought a lot of rain and we had some damage to paddocks to the early carrots and different crops. But it has come back from that."
Kalfresh says its line of pre-packaged carrots "Just Veg" is growing in popularity as an item of convenience snacking, and a way to use "imperfect" produce.
The company is also launching a new Carrot Vodka. Ms Gorman joined with fellow farmer Gen Windley to find another way of reducing waste. The ladies are hoping the vodka can be just as popular as Alice's husband's carrot beer, Wabbit Saison which was launched in 2015.
"It can be made from juice from carrots that are a little wonky," Ms Gorman said. "We are always looking at value adding so we can sell the whole crop."
Photo Courtesy: Kalfresh
The women worked with local winemaker Jason Hannay of Flinders Peak Winery. The Carrot Vodka is produced by distilling Shiraz grapes and infusing carrot flavours through fresh carrots.
"It's from a Shiraz base," Ms Gorman said. "So the Shiraz is taking over slightly but everything is an experiment at this stage to start with. We will probably boost up the carrots in the next batch. But it’s a nice subtle carrot flavour to it, slightly sweet and very pleasant to drink."
Bottles of Carrot Vodka will be available to buy at the Scenic Rim Eat Local Week’s signature event.
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