Carrot packing processing solution reduces waste, enhances traceability, reduces carrot waste, accurate carrot inventory quality control inspections, and sales & shipping.

Carrot packing processing solution reduces waste, enhances traceability, reduces carrot waste, accurate carrot inventory quality control inspections, and sales & shipping.

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99% less fresh produce packing waste

Accurate fresh produce & food inventory management reduces waste through better FIFO stock rotation, stock-takes, and inventory alerts. RFID pallet control (optional) for precision inventory tracking. 

Save time packing fruit & vegetables

Increase the efficiency of fresh produce inventory using options like scanning incoming bar-codes to reduce data entry & errors, integrate with scales for automatic weighing, ore RFID for automatic fresh produce inventory tracking.

Better fresh produce quality control

Guarantee the quality of your fresh produce packing with flexible fresh QC testing systems from your phone or tablet. Customer feedback management, supplier quality control and more...

Reduce fresh produce packing errors & control production

Project required inventory (and shortages), schedule orders to be packed in batches , automatic alerts to prodution line managers.

100% accurate fresh produce order shipping

Shipping teams are guided through the dispatch process from picking using a phone or tablet (optional bar-code scanning), automatic picking, thru bill of lading, invoice, and automatic shipping notifications for customers, transport, and sales teams.

Reduce fresh produce packing administration costs by 40%

Automatic generation of fresh produce labels, bill of lading, invoice, picking documents and more; reduces administrative burden.

Easy audit & recall systems reduces compliance costs.

Faster fresh produce inventory storage  inventory

Accurate fresh produce & food inventory management delivers reduced waste and increased employee productivity. Manage FIFO, improve stock-take accuracy, scan harvester data, and keep a watchful eye on your inventory... Easy stock-take identifies shrinkage and helps reduce waste from ageing. 

100% accurate fresh produce traceability

Maintain strict fresh produce traceability and high food safety standards always. Perform recalls based on lot/batch, pack date, invoice #, inventory #, pallet #, delivery date, purchase order #, or perform a recall on your own user defined data. Perform instant recalls both up and down the supply chain. Makes audits easy and instant. COVID-19 food safety & auditing available. 

Reduce fresh produce waste by 99%

Inventory control ensures there is no 'shrinkage', food inventory is FIFO managed, and expiring inventory always monitored.

Reduce administration time by 60%

Automatic paperwork, labels, and reporting reduces the burden on administration teams and saves everyone's time.

Better fresh produce quality now

Quality control and food safety has never been easier with industry standard quality tests, food safety checklists; or configure your own tests. 

100% accurate orders!

Guarantee only the correct inventory is shipped for each order, on time, every time.

Carrot packing processing solution reduces waste, enhances traceability, reduces carrot waste, accurate carrot inventory quality control inspections, and sales & shipping.

Farmsoft fresh produce packing app is for fruit & vegetable packer, processor, import/export.  Full fresh produce traceability, auditing, inventory control, and fresh produce business management app.

Quality inspection for fresh produce

Consistent and accurate quality control ensures higher customer satisfaction and adherence to industry, de-facto, and in-house quality control standards. Track supplier quality performance, customer feedback & complaints, create QC tests for any part of the fresh produce & food manufacturing process (incoming goods, raw materials, finished goods, expiry test, export/shipping tests), daily factory hygiene, machinery calibration, employee checklists... 

Fresh produce logistics

Manage orders, pack to order, picking and auto picking, dispatch & shipping process. Generate invoices, bill of lading, pick slips, export documentation and other sales documents... Dispatch teams are guided through the dispatch process ensuring every order is filled perfectly, and on time. Paperwork such as BOL, freight documents, export documents are automatically generated based on the customer and destination to guarantee no rejected shipments or issues at borders.

Fresh produce labels

Generate fresh produce SSCC pallet labels, GS1 case & PTI labels, bin labels, batch labels, traded unit labels, harvest labels and more. Use the built in industry standard labels for Walmart, Woolworths, Aldi, Tesco, Loblaws etc - or design your own with the built in label & report designer. Our team can design all of your fresh produce documents to ensure farmsoft matches your requirements perfectly.

Fresh produce packing control

Sales, Quality, Profit, Dispatch, Pack, Farm...... Dashboards for sales teams provide instant impressions of customer orders and current inventory levels. The dispatch dashboard helps plan shipments, order of loading, and transport companies & drivers... The Profit analysis dashboard shows margins per unit and most profitable customers. Use our API to access your data however you like.

Fresh produce batch packing

Project required raw materials needed to pack/manufacture orders, potential shortages, schedule multiple orders to be packed in batches on selected production lines with a few clicks, automatically send new job alerts to managers, schedule additional harvests, analyze outstanding orders. Manage entire packing and manufacturing process with ease.

Fresh produce alerts monitoring

Automatic alerts for shipments can be sent to customers, transport providers, or even team members. Every time a batch is finished processing, receive an alert with the pack-out breakdown and percentages of grades & quality and waste. Alerts can include simple shipment notifications, or even invoices and original order details. Other alerts include order changes/modifications, yield reports, new order alerts, and low inventory alerts... 

Farm app option

Implement the farmsoft Farm Management suite to provide a comprehensive integrated business management solution from seed to plate. Includes automatic task management, best practices, budgeting, farm inventory, PHI enforcement, audits, residue reporting, USDA reporting, dashboards, recalls and more... 

Fresh produce supplier quality control

Suppliers must know that your business is measuring and tracking their performance. Any trends that effect the quality of fresh produce can be quickly detected, automatically traced back to the fresh produce supplier (especially if a result of a customer complaint / feedback), management and purchasing teams are automatically alerted when a supplier quality issue happens. Quantify your suppliers quality using the Supplier Quality Dashboard. 

Fresh produce finance apps

Share data with your Xero finance app, Quickbooks, MYOB, SAGE, using our API, or request our team perform a custom integration for your fresh produce company. This is an optional module, please ask your consultant for additional details and discuss your specific requirements, additional costs will apply for integration with your chosen finance app. 

Fresh produce RFID

Automatic tracking of each pallet’s exact location. Makes loading orders accurate and easy, stops errors during shipping. Very low costs to setup your hardware using farmsoft’s innovative RFID for fresh produce solution. Pallets put onto truck are auto added to order, and checked for accuracy. Pick up a pallet and its RFID instantly selected. Add pallet/bin to production line and its auto added to batch for traceability.

Fresh produce API

Integrate with virtually any other app or software solution using the farmsoft API. It's open! Anyone can use it. Your in house I.T. team, or any external I.T. vendor you want to help you with integration. Add your own reports, extract special data, or even create new interfaces between farmsoft and any app such as accounting, payroll, B2B, B2C. Other integration in farmsoft includes the ability to integrate with selected weigh scales to capture fresh produce net delivery weights.

Fresh produce bloch-chain

Increase customer confidence and prove the credentials of your traceability integrity and transparency with block-chain ledger technology.   We use the chain-trace.com blockchain solution. (Optional module not included with standard Packing / Food Manufacturing ERP solution).

Improve fresh produce production planning

Efficient management customer orders, and the ability to analyze orders gives you new production planning tolls in farmsoft. Ensure each order is filled to exact specifications, on time, every time. Increase customer satisfaction and retention, and reduce stress in the packhouse with confident production planning using work orders/batch orders, sales contracts, sales orders, and sales order items. Are you manufactruing or processing chili products? Try farmsoft for chili processing. 

Accurate fresh produce traceability

Quality officers are guided through the quality control process, presented with images and instructions for each test, ensuring they know what to look for at all times, corrective actions are presented if a quality issue is detected. This makes training new fresh produce quality control officers fast, and ensures consistency in the quality control management processes for incoming fresh produce, post pack/post processing, storage, and dispatch. 

Efficient use of fresh produce cold stores

Maximize your cold store use and rotation of stock using farmsoft's pallet maps, and precision traceability tracking with expiring inventory reminders.
Cold store management software for fruit importers, exporters, packers, cross docking, and short and long term fruit storage.

Carrot packing processing solution reduces waste, enhances traceability, reduces carrot waste, accurate carrot inventory quality control inspections, and sales & shipping.

The farmsoft inventory control app provides business wide quality management inspection systems for fresh produce, food manufacturing, seed processing, meat packing & processing, and flower packing.

Tesco food safety compliance food packers
Tesco food safety compliance for food manufacturers, packers, import, export, wholesale.  Tesco customers expect us to only sell products made to the highest quality and that are responsibly sourced. They trust us to ensure that all our products are safe and comply with all the applicable laws and regulations.

Within Tesco we have a number of highly skilled teams and colleagues across the globe that are dedicated to ensuring our customer expectations are not only met but exceeded. They manage the quality of products from the original product concept right through to our stores and customers.
Although this page is based on our UK business, a similar approach is taken across our international markets whilst ensuring all legal and cultural differences are acknowledged and catered for.  Through understanding customers and their needs, product and market trends our expert team of developers work hard to bring great quality, innovative and value for money products to the market; our dedicated team of food researchers and chefs constantly review food trends and bring new food ideas to life to meet those customer needs.
Fresh Produce Bar Code Scanning

Fresh produce bar code scanning in agriculture easily delivers improved traceability in the fruit boxing and fresh produce packing space.  The FarmSoft team has add new features to the FarmSoft packhouse mobile (smart phone, iphone, tablets, and PDA’s) interfaces and new interfaces for in line bar-code scanning to allow rapid recording of packed fruit and vegetable via bar-code systems. Implement FarmSoft to make your fresh produce fruit packing easier and more efficient. FarmSoft delivers bar code scanning for packing sheds, packhouses, and fruit packers, exporters, importers and wholesalers.

FarmSoft fresh produce bar code scanning allows users to choose from a mobile interface that allows smartphones and PDA devices to scan boxed and packed fresh produce to record pallet contents. Fresh produce inventory and stock management with bar code systems ensures traceability and accuracy. FarmSoft’s bar code software for pack sheds makes fresh produce inventory control easy.

Bar-code traceability

FarmSoft bar code traceability is rapid to implement, and easy to maintain. Implementing FarmSoft bar code traceability for fresh produce processing delivers increased accuracy of traceability, easy inventory management, and can result in reduced fresh produce waste.
FarmSoft bar code traceability provides multiple fruit labeling solutions which can be tailored to meet client inventory handling requirements.
Bar code traceability
FarmSoft bar code traceability provides a comprehensive fruit traceability system for packhouses, pack sheds, and fruit and vegetable processors. FarmSoft bar code traceability makes fresh produce inventory handling easy! Contact FarmSoft today to receive these benefits.
Case level traceability

Case level traceability brings fresh produce processors, packers, and marketers easy and rapid traceability. Implement FarmSoft in no time at all, and start reducing processing waste!  Easy to deploy, farmsoft case level traceability is the best friend of any company looking to improve traceability in their food / fresh produce processing enterprise. Farmsoft delivers tangible improvements in food safety compliance and standards maintenance. Implementing farmsoft case level traceability for fresh produce processing delivers increased accuracy of traceability, easy inventory management, and can result in reduced fresh produce waste.


Farm to fork traceability for reliable food safety and best handling practices for fresh produce – while reducing waste and increasing efficiency!  FarmSoft’s farm to fork traceability solution delivers bullet proof fresh produce traceability management in every way. FarmSoft’s farm to fork traceability solution channels staff through the correct farming and fresh produce handling processes ensuring maximum food safety and traceability is being maintained at all times.

Combine both FarmSoft Farm Software AND FarmSoft Fruit Packing Software to create a complete farm to fork traceability solution.
In addition to the traceability features of FarmSoft, the system also provides a comprehensive fresh produce business management suite that takes care of every section of your business including: quality control, invoice, dispatch, sales, contracts, staff labor, packing labor, packhouse reporting and more.


Fresh Produce Traceability India – FarmSoft’s fresh produce management software brings new levels of traceability and efficiency to Indian farming and fresh produce packing, processing, and exporting.  FarmSoft guides users through the fresh produce handling procedures to ensure the safest, highest quality fruit and vegetables with minimum waste. From quality control, waste analysis, to fresh produce labeling – FarmSoft delivers for professional fruit and vegetable processors and packers. Download FarmSoft’s Fresh Produce Traceability India specifications here.

FarmSoft India
Professionally manage and monitor all post harvest processes including quality control, storage, inventory, sorting, grading, washing, packing, sales, invoice, and dispatch.
Traceability requirements matrix fresh produce

Traceability requirements matrix fresh produce packing, processing, value adding.   Traceability requirements matrix fresh produce
Traceability requirements matrix in fresh produce

EASY TRACEABILITY
Makes fresh inventory food safety compliance & audits easy.
Traceability requirements matrix fresh produce
Traceability requirements matrix fresh produce.
Blockchain for fresh produce traceability

Visit our official fresh produce blockchain site for the latest fresh produce blockchain information.
Ask your farmsoft consultant if your chosen block-chain protocol or format is supported.
Blockchain – Essential for Fresh Produce Traceability
 
The Produce Traceability Initiative, was designed to help the Produce Industry maximize the effectiveness of current traceback procedures, while developing a standardized industry approach to enhance the speed and efficiency.
Food Traceability Software

FarmSoft food traceability software delivers bulletproof food safety and reduces business risk.  The FarmSoft is built on a solid platform of food traceability and safety standards. FarmSoft guides users through the food processing and manufacturing phases. The FarmSoft food traceability software suite specializes in processing and manufacturing involving fresh produce, fruit, and vegetables. Dried, cured, juiced, pulped, or even made into value added jelly and jams. Click here to download food traceability software specifications.

Fresh Produce Traceability Bar-code

Fresh Produce Traceability Bar-codes for fruit & vegetable packers, processors, and food manufacturers.  Fresh Produce Traceability is much more than applying a label to the packed fruit or vegetable. FarmSoft delivers strict fresh produce traceability guidelines for supply chain end to end food safety & transparency.

Ensuring that the traceability chain has no gaps in it is important to reduce the risk exposure of your business. If there is a breach in the traceability chain, then the whole traceability enforcement system has failed and becomes a pointless expense. FarmSoft ensures 100% accuracy of traceability throughout the entire life-cycle of fresh produce, from pre-planting, to post sales traceability guideline adherence. FarmSoft ensures your business is not unnecessarily exposed, while minimizing compliance costs. 

GS1 Traceability for fresh produce


FarmSoft GS1 traceability system does much more than just print labels! Manage your inventory, maintain traceability, pack, process, and store fresh produce. Perform sales and dispatch and invoicing. Reduce fresh produce waste.  FarmSoft GS1 traceability system does much more than just print labels! Manage your inventory, maintain traceability, pack, process, and store fresh produce. Perform sales and dispatch and invoicing. Reduce fresh produce waste.
farmsoft makes fresh produce GS1 traceability easy!
SAVE TIME
LESS WASTE
BETTER FRUIT
NO ERRORS
ACCURATE SHIPPING
REDUCE COST
Increase the efficiency of fresh produce deliveries using options like scanning incoming bar-codes to reduce data entry, save time, and reduce errors. Scan incoming fresh produce deliveries or use "one touch" rapid inventory creation screens to increase accuracy & reduce data entry time.


FarmSoft track and trace provides end to end supply chain transparency for fresh produce traceability. Implement FarmSoft to guarantee the highest level of traceability both up and down the supply chain!  FarmSoft track and trace is a comprehensive fresh produce business management solution that caters for all operational processes from quality control, inventory, sales, dispatch, and orders. FarmSoft even provides food manufacturing, good manufacturing management, and value adding features. FarmSoft track and trace software provides many innovative features to bring easily maintained benefits to the fresh produce processor, packer, and marketer.

Using the FarmSoft traceability code, customers, and end consumers can track and trace fresh produce simply by scanning a QR code with their smartphone. The track and trace system will then present the customer/end consumer with the traceability or marketing information as chosen by the packer. This helps to improve customer confidence and provides supply chain transparency to promote the concept of food safety.
Produce Traceability Initiative PTI

Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), HACCP, GlobalGAP, CanGAP, EuroGAP, BRC, Bio-Terrorism, ISO and more…Simple PTI solution - software for fruit and vegetable processing

MINIMIZE WASTE
Farmsoft delivers opportunities to reduce waste during the packing, processing, storage, and distribution phases. By enforcing best practices, FIFO (when practical), inventory expiry monitoring, and easy stock takes - your company has every opportunity to minimize waste and maximize profit. From bar code managed inventory, inventory labeling, to 3D pallet storage, farmsoft delivers on reduced waste.
TRACEABILITY MADE EASY
Perform recalls in seconds, with the full confidence of accuracy and reliability. Minimize risk by ensuring accurate traceability is automatically captured. Pass audits with ease & reduce compliance costs using farmsofts traceability guidelines. Trace fresh produce up and down the supply chain, over multiple traceability hops. Instantly produce spray records, residue analysis, soil analysis, and any other farm traceability records if you use our farm solution.

Inventory traceability software for reduced post harvest waste

Inventory traceability software
The purpose of the Fruit & Vegetables implementation guidance is to provide best practice guidelines for industry-wide adoption for New Item Listing and update of existing assortment. This guide provides support to companies seeking to electronically exchange fruit & vegetable product information in accordance with GS1 Standards. The guidance applies to the full range of fruit & vegetable trade items. The guide outlines which attributes should be used for fruit & vegetable items and recommends best practices for the use of these standards to exchange static fruit & vegetable data between suppliers and retailers. Today, different platforms as well as different means to item identification exist when it comes to data sharing. Traceability case study for Paramount Citrus, Traceability case study for Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms, SunFed visibility of produce throughout supply chain with case and item level traceability. JemD Farms, greenhouse grower with GS1 Standards and the Produce Traceability Initiative.
The use of GS1 Standards, specifically for Identification, Master Data Alignment, Traceability, Track and Trace, Barcode labels and EDI transactions, provides a common platform to help supply.
Simple traceability solution

Simple traceability solution - software for fruit and vegetable packing
Processors and packers involved in the fresh produce industry deal with a lot of compliance and traceability issues. If the worst happens and a product recall needs to be effected immediately, they have to be able to trace where the raw ingredients of fruit and vegetables came from, what was done to them, when and where the finished products have gone.
Fresh produce processors and packers manufacturers are subject to quality audits and they can often practice recalls and food safety incidents. From a business perspective, these activities often can be expensive and cumbersome to comply with, without the use of a simple traceability solution that is integrated into the businesses fresh produce handling processes and guidelines.
As a supplier to the food manufacturing or fresh produce processing or handling and retail industry, quality control and traceability are key for any manufacturer. Farmsoft delivers solutions in Australia, USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Africa, and Asian regions. Use farmsoft to become compliant and increased efficiency.

Less waste, more traceability

Less waste, more traceability: Full featured software for fresh produce processing, packing, sales, export/import & distribution.  MINIMIZE FRESH PRODUCE WASTE

For handlers of perishable goods, reduce waste during packing, processing, cold store, order picking and dispatch phases. Enforce GMP and best practices, FIFO (when practical), inventory expiry monitoring, and easy stock takes to help minimize waste and maximise profit. Receive detailed alerts when waste is encountered through quality issues, or possible human error.
Learn more about farmsoft post harvest solutions
Manage your fruit & vegetable packing / processing operation with a simple traceability solution, or implement a comprehensive enterprise management solution. Easily comply with standards for Walmart, Tesco, Woolworths, Aldi, Loblaw, Coles, USDA, FSMA, GFSI, AANZFTA, PTI, HACCP - for full inventory traceability using PC/Mac or traceability app.
LESS WASTE.
MORE TRACEABILITY!

Fresh produce export documentation

Farmsoft makes fresh produce export documentation easy with new features that generate international standard fresh produce export documentation for fresh produce producers, processors, and packers.   Rapidly generate fresh produce export documentation on demand!

Farmsoft makes fresh produce export documentation easy with new features that generate international standard fresh produce export documentation for fresh produce producers, processors, and packers. The modern packing and processing facility is busy environment. Dealing with the excess of export regulations and paperwork requirements can often be a headache. Farmsoft guides users through the documentation process, reducing administration costs, and increasing productivity.
Contact a farmsoft consultant today to discuss your fresh produce export documentation options today.
Farmsoft takes the effort out of preparing fresh produce export documentation for fruit, vegetable, coffee, hop, and grain producers by generating commonly used export documentation.  

Reduce fresh produce waste, Orders - Quality - Production - Sales & shipping - Recalls & audits - Dashboards, analysis, business intelligence.   Reduce fresh produce waste, make production and shipments 100% accurate

Strict inventory management ensures FIFO and no orphaned fresh produce inventory, no loss of inventory due handling processes.
Production management ensures every order is filled accurately, dispatch is planned in advance, and correct shipments dispatched on time, every time.
Sales dashboards help marketing and sales teams plan orders, schedule production, and identify any fresh produce that needs to be sold before it becomes waste.
A choice of interfaces to suit every environment gives your team a simple fresh produce business management tool.
Manage fresh produce inventory stored at an unlimited number of sites / packhouses, and unlimited warehouses
Manage and monitor the storage and status (ie: in processes such as sorting, grading, cooling, ripening etc) of all fresh produce inventory, regardless of its state.

Carrot packing processing solution reduces waste, enhances traceability, reduces carrot waste, accurate carrot inventory quality control inspections, and sales & shipping.


Carrot packing & processing, grading, sorting, sizing, washing, inventory, QC by farmsoft reduces waste and increases productivity in carrot packing and processing industry.
Farmsoft delivers reduced waste in the carrot packing traceability & quality control, processing, storage, distribution phases. By enforcing best practices, FIFO, inventory expiry monitoring, and easy stock takes to minimize waste and maximize packing profit. Use bar-code managed inventory, labeling, 3D pallet storage, to help reduce waste.
carrot packing processing washing waste traceability
carrot packing processing washing waste traceability
CARROT PACKING
Conduct recalls in seconds, with full confidence of accuracy and reliability. Minimize risk by ensuring accurate traceability is automatically captured. Pass audits with ease & reduce compliance costs using farmsoft's traceability guidelines. Trace fresh produce up and down the supply chain, over multiple traceability hops. Instantly produce farm records and any other farm traceability records if you optionally use our farm solution.

REDUCE ADMINISTRATION COSTS FOR CARROT PACKING
Minimize your administration costs with automatic paperwork generation. Ensure accuracy of paperwork by having necessary documentation (invoice formats, export documents, transport documents etc) automatically generated based on the needs of the specific customer - ensuring timely and accurate documentation. No more rejected orders because of bad documentation accompanying a shipment. Food traceability software made easy!

CONSISTENT QUALITY CONTROL FOR CARROT PACKING
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.

BETTER PRODUCTION PLANNING & DISPATCH FOR CARROT PACKING
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.

OPTIONAL FARM SOFTWARE INTEGRATION FOR FARM TO PLATE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
Optionally use farmsoft Farm Management software with our Post Harvest solution. Using both solutions provides an end to end solution from field to plate. Farm Management by farmsoft delivers full farm record keeping, farm inventory, cost monitoring, budgeting, best practice enforcement, and adherence to international farming standards. Use Farm Management by farmsoft to manage your own farms, or even hundreds of external farms that supply your fresh produce company.


Carrots belong to the Umbelliferae family and are thought to be of Asian origin.

Carrots, which are root vegetables, are divided into greenhouse and early carrots, summer and autumn carrots and late and keeping carrots.

Greenhouse and early carrots have a short root, which is usually blunt at the lower end, while later varieties have a long-pointed root. They are orange-red in color and consist of the central medulla and the outer cortex. Their color is provided by their high carotene content (carrots have the highest carotene content of all vegetable species). Since the medulla has a lower carotene and sugar content than the cortex, it is somewhat lighter in color and of lower nutritional value. For this reason, carrots with a thick cortex and a small, well-colored medulla are preferred. The relatively high sugar content gives carrots a delicate flavor.

The green foliage grows at the upper end of the root, and, in the case of early carrots (bunch carrots), is not removed. However, later varieties are sold washed without their foliage.


Quality / Duration of storage

Carrots must be free from mechanical damage and insects and of uniform color (the upper part of the root should not be green) and shape. They must not be bitter to taste or woody in texture.

Various sources state maximum duration of storage as follows:

Temperature Rel. humidity Max. duration of storage Source
0.5 – 2°C 95% 28 days [1]
0 – 1°C 95% 21 – 28 days [5]
0 – 1°C not stated 10 days [12]


The storage and transport duration of carrots cannot be markedly extended by using controlled atmosphere transport. It merely reduces the risk of the carrots becoming bitter due to the ripening gas ethylene.


Intended use

Carrots may be eaten raw or cooked with various dishes and are also used in the preparation of salads, stews and carrot juice and for canning.


In partnership with Allround VP, Quadra brings you turn-key carrot processing solutions from receiving to distribution. Our carrot lines include high-speed cleaning, polishing, hydrocooling, grading, and packing machines suitable for carrots and baby carrots.

All our carrot processing machines are of superior European quality, manufactured with 100% food-grade material, and offered at exceptionally affordable pricing.

Carrot Processing Line


Flexible
Reliable
Cost-Effective
Fast
EU Compliant
Turnkey Solutions


Clean Carrots

Resulting Product

Carrots are some of the toughest vegetables to handle because they are naturally very muddy and have irregular shapes. With our carrot cleaning, grading, packing lines, your carrots will be spotless clean, polished, and properly sized into uniform lengths and diameters.

At the end of the carrot line, it is possible to pack in bulk the different grades of carrots into large boxes, big bags, or raschel bags. Furthermore, you can install vertical bagging machines or flow pack machines for consumer packaging options such as poly bags, tray sealed, and more.


Carrots in Boxes
Boxes
Carrots in Big Bags
Big Bags
Carrots in Raschel Bags
Raschel Bags
Carrots in Poly Bags
Poly Bags
Flow Packed Carrots
Flow Packed
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Carrot Processing Machines
BOX TIPPING & RECEIVING HOPPER


Receiving Hopper for Carrots

A box tipper gently tips the boxes filled with carrots dumping them onto the receiving hopper. The hopper collects the carrots and progressively unloads them on the line. The hopper has a calculated angle such that the products are always evenly distributed as they are unloaded. Both machines have a control system to adjust the flow speed of the carrots.

DESTONING MACHINE


Destoner for Carrots

Freshly harvested carrots are usually excessively dirty, covered with stones, mud, roots, and twigs that must be removed at the beginning of the processing line. The destoner machine takes care of removing clods and foreign objects that come along with the carrots and rinses the products enough for them to move along the remaining machines on the line safely.


WASHING MACHINE


Carrot Washing Machine

The carrot washing machine is designed to thoroughly wash carrots and baby carrots by rinsing them with recirculating water and tumbling them against each other in a stainless steel rotating drum. Brushes can be installed in the drum for an added cleaning effect, especially when the produce is covered with heavy soil.

POLISHING MACHINE
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Carrot Polishing Machine

Our polishing machine is designed to clean and polish carrots by means of finely haired brushes with a special hardness for carrots. The machine consists of a rotating drum with counter rotating brushes. The carrot polisher is perfect for giving your carrots a shiny exterior and premium look that will surely make them stand out in the market. In addition, polishing the carrots will help extend their shelf life.


HYDROCOOLING MACHINE
An Ishida multihead weigher at premium Irish vegetable grower Leo Dunne has played a central role in helping the company expand its operation into the supply of processed carrots.

Leo Dunne has been delivering fresh Irish products to the retail sector for generations. Recently the company recognised that oversized or irregular carrots that were not suitable for the prepared carrot market were nevertheless still high-quality products, which could be successfully marketed through further processing. It therefore required an effective processing and packing line in order to maximise the potential of this new market.

The Ishida 10-head waterproof mid-range model with 3-litre hoppers is delivering excellent accuracy and reliability, achieving around 55 packs/min on 500 g bags of carrots, with an overall accuracy rate of 98%.

Equally important, the machine’s ease of operation, including fast start-up using the simple-to-use remote control unit (RCU), gives it the flexibility to cope with the varying production demands of the Leo Dunne operation.

Leo Dunne specified the Ishida weigher for the new line based on the company’s established reputation in the marketplace.



“We knew Ishida had a great name in the industry and had received positive reports from other users,” explained Leo Dunne Manager Emmet Dunne, “and we have not been disappointed with our choice.

“The machine’s ease of operation means our staff all like it. It is also far more intuitive than other weighers, so that if there are any minor issues during production, the machine will identify these and inform operators how to fix them. This is vital to maintaining production.”

And while the machine’s reliability is an obvious benefit, so too, says Dunne, are the high levels of after-sales service provided by Ishida and its agent, SF Engineering.



“Knowing we have someone on the spot who can deal with any issues we have is absolutely critical to ensuring we can meet the requirements and deadlines of our retail customers,” he said.

The Ishida 10-head multihead is part of a complete line devised and installed by SF Engineering which also includes a swingloader, a bespoke sorting table, an elevating conveyor and support platform, and a Ceia metal detector.

Leo Dunne anticipates that the new facility will pay for itself within three years. And while the system was designed to handle carrots, it can also be used for other products, giving the company enormous flexibility and the ability to react to market trends and developments.

In addition, by using all its surplus stock, Leo Dunne has achieved major efficiency gains and a significant reduction in its carbon footprint.

Carrot Hydrocooler Machine

Our hydrocooling machine is excellent for rapidly cooling down produce, like carrots, before they are transported and distributed. The hydrocooler plays a vital role in prolonging the shelf life of carrots by removing heat and slowing down their deterioration dramatically. The cooling unit is a ‘Bitzer’ air cooled condensing unit with a semi hermetic reciprocating compressor and an air cooled Helpman condensing unit. Furthermore, the liquid receiver is TÜV tested.

CHUNK / LENGTH GRADING
Abstract: Carrot roots are vulnerable to water loss, and proper packaging prevents desiccation and prolongs the shelf life from time of packaging until consumption. Today, Norwegian carrots are packaged in laser perforated biaxially oriented polypropylene film (BOPP). The packages are displayed at chill conditions in some grocery stores, and at room temperature in others. Previous packaging experiments (unpublished results) have shown that the CO2 level in the carrot packages can be very high (up to 40 %) after only 3 days of storage at room temperature. A range of fruit and vegetables are injured at high CO2 concentrations. Aim 1: Determination of optimal gas atmosphere in carrot packages. In an experiment at Nofima, carrot roots were packaged in films with different perforations and stored at two storage conditions for 15 days. Effect of packaging and storage conditions was analysed at the end of the storage period using chemical analysis, descriptive sensory analysis and microbial registration. Carrots in packages with high CO2 levels developed ethanol odour and taste and were more prone to microbial spoilage during the storage period. Hence, it is important to have product adapted permeability of the packages with sufficient number of perforations in order to avoid adverse impact on product quality. Aim 2: Demonstrate the use of a simple model previously developed at Nofima modelling the gas concentrations in packages for fruits and vegetables. The most important parameters are weight and respiration rate of the produce, permeability of the film and perforations and the volume of the package. The model was adapted to respiration rate data for different carrot varieties and data for packages with different types of perforations in order to optimise the gas atmosphere in packages for carrot roots stored at two storage conditions.

Carrot Length Grading Machine

The chunk / length grader is engineered to mechanically sort out oversized and undersized / broken carrots. The oversized carrots are unfavorable because they do not fit in packaging while broken and undersized carrots are not commonly sold in the market. The length grader will help achieve evenly sized carrots at the end of the line by keeping the medium-sized carrots only. This machine is made of food grade stainless steel and can be delivered with various grading sizes and capacities.

Complete packing lines to pack carrots
From normal carrots to winter carrots to rainbow carrots: JASA has a packaging solution for every carrot. JASA can help you pack carrots fast and efficiently. Ensuring you’re on top of your game when the carrot season starts in September.

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Packing carrots
Before the carrots enter the packaging line, they are first brushed and washed. “After that, they are sorted by size and length. The misshaped carrots are removed”, Piet Pannekeet, explains. Using an optical sorting machine, such as the Newtec optic sorting machine, the carrots are sorted by size and quality. The bright orange ones are the high-quality carrots and packed accordingly. While broken, misshaped carrots and the carrots with black or rotten spots are removed and are destined to be cattle food.

Next, the good carrots are either packed right away, or they are temporarily stored before they are packed. “The carrots are stored in a buffer system, from which they are packed in several types of packaging,” Piet explains. “Most packages range from 500 grams to 3 kilos and sometimes even 10 to 20 kilos for the export.”

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Packaging carrots and reducing plastic
Traditionally carrots are packed in several types of bags or a plastic tray closed with a flow pack or foil material. Vertical packaging in a bag with a clip is also one of the possibilities. “We noticed a shift in Scandinavia and Southern Europe towards packing carrots only in plastic bags instead of adding a tray,” Piet says. “Because the carrots are vertically packed in a plastic bag, a lot less plastic is used. This also makes it possible to use thinner foils, and there is only one type of plastic used which makes it easier to recycle.”

A packaging line for carrots processes 20-80 packages per minute depending on the wishes and demands of the customer. The carrot season starts in September, if you get in touch with our sales team now, we can inform you about the possibilities for your products. That way you can ensure that you have a new state-of-the-art packaging line by the time the harvest season starts. Get in touch with our sales team; they are happy to inform you about all the options.
RADIAL GRADING


Carrot Radial Grading Machine

The radial grader is ideal for grading carrots by their largest diameters. The radial grader has laterally spaced stainless steel rollers with a small gap at first and a larger gap at the end to sort the smallest carrots first and the largest carrots last. The carrots are fed horizontally onto the grader, they fall through the gaps based on their sizes, then they are conveyed to different exits specified by the customer for each diameter range.


OPTICAL SORTING


Carrot Optical Sorting Machine

Our carrot sorting machine plays an important role of distinguishing between the perfect and defective carrots in the processing line. The carrot sorter can handle a wide variety of carrots including peeled, unpeeled, washed, muddy, whole, or baby carrots. Our machines employ the latest laser vision and chromatic imaging technologies to detect flaws invisible to the naked eye at remarkable speeds. The optical sensors inspect each product from all sides for size variations, discolorations, deformities, damages, quality defects, and extraneous objects.


AUTOMATIC NET BAGGING


Net Bagging Machine for Carrots

The different grades of carrots can be packed into large raschel bags at the end of the line. This is possible by means of an automatic weighing machine which accurately calculates the quantity of carrots that must drop into the net bag as specified by the user. Then, a net bagging machine will pack the carrots in raschel bags whose sizes can range from 2.5 kg up to 25 kg. The bagging machine automatically opens each bag, fills them with the appropriate amount of produce and seals the bag shut.

BOX AND BAG FILLING


Box Filling Machine

It is also possible to fill the graded carrots in bulk into boxes and big bags. The box and bag filling machines are designed to safely collect large volumes of carrots in large boxes / bags at a well calculated fall height. The box filling machines have a smart mechanism that removes the filled boxes and replaces them with new ones to continuously collect the carrots without any interruptions. Several box and bag filling machines can be installed at the different exits to collect the uniformly sized carrots in the same box.



Carrot Polishing Line
Carrot Polishing Line 6-8 T/h

Custom-Made Carrot Processing Lines
At Quadra, we work closely with our customers to understand their individual requirements and to offer a carrot processing line designed suitably for your budget and production capacity. Our carrot washing, polishing, grading, and packing lines are all custom-made to fit your particular requirements and can be readily expanded with new machines in the future to match your operations, whether small, medium, or large.

Small Carrot Processing Line
Carrot Washing, Polishing, Grading, Packing Line 4-8 T/h
Industrial Carrot Processing Line
Carrot Washing, Polishing, Cooling, Grading, Packing Line 8-16 T/h


Grocery Guide
How are Carrots Harvested & Packed
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Post published:June 13, 2017
This lovely edition is all about carrots! Carrots come in all colors, shapes, sizes and slices! There really is such an innovative market with carrots right now, with everything from carrot “chips” to rainbow carrots and everything in between. After trying rainbow carrots, I have honestly never been more excited about carrots than I am right now!

In the footage below, you get to see a mix between the traditional orange carrots and the rainbow carrots being harvested and packed at Babé Farms in Santa Maria, California.

Table of Contents
Different Harvesting Methods for Carrots
Carrot Harvest & Packing
Carrot Harvesting
Carrot Packing
Food Safety Considerations
Postharvest Considerations
Frequently Asked Questions
Featured Grower Information
Different Harvesting Methods for Carrots
When growing for the fresh-cut market (think of baby carrots, sliced carrots, etc.), those carrots are mechanically harvested, processed and packed. However, straight-to-market carrots (as seen in the picture above) are harvested by hand.

Carrot Harvest
Carrot Harvest & Packing
The fresh market process for harvesting and packing carrots is as follows.



Carrot Harvesting
Harvest – The carrots are hand harvested. This consists of workers pulling carrots out of the ground by their stems. At the same time, they are also checking for the quality of the carrots.
Carrot Harvest - Hand Harvesting Carrots
Forming Bunches – This step differs from harvester to harvester. The worker either harvests the carrots, sets them on the ground, and then forms bunches from the pile. Or, the worker harvests the carrots and forms bunches as they harvest. The goal is for the workers to form the bunches based on the uniformity of the harvested carrots.
Carrot Harvest - Tied Bunches
Truck Load – A designated worker goes through the rows to pick up the carrot bunches and takes them to the nearby truck. This is a smaller truck, as it is only transporting the carrots to a nearby washing area.
Carrot Harvest - Harvested Carrots Ready for Packing
Quality Control – After the carrots are loaded on the truck, a quality control worker goes through and checks the quality of the harvested carrots.
Carrot Harvest - Quality Control
The carrots are then transported to the nearby packing area. This packing area is unique as it is an outdoor packing line, which is not very common.

Carrot Packing
Wash Step – Once the carrots arrive at the washing area, they are ran through a sanitized wash using recycled/reused wash water. Since carrots are root vegetables and grow in the soil, this step is needed to remove soil from the carrot surface.
Carrot Packing - Wash Step with Sanitized Water
Packing – The washed carrots are packed into boxes and are ready to be shipped to the customer.
Carrot Harvest - Packing
The palletized boxes are taken to the cooler until further transport.

Food Safety Considerations
For a carrot harvesting and packing operation, some of the main food safety concerns are:

Glove policy – Since gloves are required, there needs to be a glove policy enforced. This means that the gloves are controlled by the company, and that they are either disposable or able to be washed, and are changed out appropriately. If the gloves are washed, the company needs to control the cleaning of the gloves.
Sanitation of the wash water – There needs to be a testing and policy in place and implemented, including with the use of a sanitizer.
Cleaning and Sanitation of the packing operation – This includes the washing portion and the packing line. These need to be cleaned and sanitized on a scheduled basis to prevent any cross-contamination issues.
There are many more items to be taken into consideration, but this is just a brief list to get you thinking about it! Also, for carrots that are hand harvested (and not machine harvested), no harvesting tools are used so that is one less point of contact (with a harvesting tool). In this particular case, the packing operation is located outside and uncovered, so there are more factors to consider when setting up the food safety program.

Postharvest Considerations
In general, harvested carrots need to be taken quickly to cold storage and the temperature needs to be maintained throughout shipping for the optimum shelf-life. In addition, when carrots are harvested and packed with the stems on, there is extra maintenance required because those stems need to maintain green and cannot dry out in order to maintain the salability of the carrots.

Frequently Asked Questions
What type of vegetables are carrots?
Carrots are root vegetables that grow to maturity beneath the soil layer.

Where can I find rainbow carrots being sold?
They are readily available at the smaller health food stores and at some larger chains. For me personally in Southern California, they are available at ~25% of the grocery stores that I have near me. If they are not available at your local grocery store, I would recommend requesting them from your produce department manager because they are definitely worth at least a try!

How should I wash carrots before eating or cooking them?
Yes. The FDA recommends that you wash carrots (and all root vegetables) using a vegetable brush and running water. (You can click here to read about my favorite vegetable brush.)

Featured Grower Information
I would like to thank Babé Farms for the tour and for allowing me to share the gathered content. Babé Farms is located in Santa Maria, California, and they specialize in “baby” vegetables. You can see additional footage of their growing and packing processes here: radishes, lettuce harvesting machine, kale, spring mix, baby romaine, and Blonde Frisée.

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Some other articles that may be of interest:

How Cauliflower is Harvested & Packed
Radish Harvest & Processing
How Onions are Harvested Commercially – Hand & Machine Harvest
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Anonymous16 JUL 2019 REPLY
how many days does it take to get a carrot from the ground to the supermarket?

Megan31 JUL 2019 REPLY
It depends on where they are grown and where they are being shipped to. The ideal scenario for everyone is as soon as possible.

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Countries of origin

This Table shows only a selection of the most important countries of origin and should not be thought of as exhaustive.

Europe France, Poland, Italy, Great Britain, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Cyprus
Africa Algeria, Morocco
Asia Israel, China, Japan
America USA
Australia New Zealand


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Packaging

Carrots are packaged in crates, fruit crates, trays, sacks, plastic bags or nets. The content of the individual packages varies, depending on type, from 500 g (bags) to 10 kg (boxes). Sometimes the cargo is palletized. If carrots are packaged in plastic film, perforations are essential. Film packaging which is impermeable to water vapor causes carrots to respire anaerobically, which in turn results in considerable quality degradation. The symptoms of such damage are soft surfaces and an insipid flavor. Anaerobic respiration proceeds in the absence of oxygen and the energy required is obtained by fermentation.


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Transport

Symbols

Symbol, general cargo

General cargo Symbol, temperature-controlled

Temperature-controlled



Means of transport

Ship, truck, railroad, aircraft


Container transport

Refrigerated container with fresh air supply


Cargo handling

Since carrots are sensitive to impact, they must be handled with appropriate care.

The required refrigeration temperature must always be maintained, even during cargo handling.

In damp weather (rain, snow), the cargo must be protected from moisture, as there is otherwise a risk of premature spoilage.


Stowage factor

2.40 m3/t (fruit crates) [1]
2.12 – 2.27 m3/t (crates) [1]
1.84 – 1.98 m3/t (boxes and bags) [14]


Stowage space requirements

Cool, dry, well ventilated


Segregation

Fiber rope, thin fiber nets, wooden dunnage


Cargo securing

Because of its considerable impact- and pressure-sensitivity, packages of this cargo must be secured in such a way that they are prevented from damaging each other. Spaces between packages or pallets must be filled, to prevent slippage or tipping. By selecting the correct packaging size or cargo unit (area module or area module multiple), holds can be tightly loaded (without spaces).


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Risk factors and loss prevention

RF Temperature

Carrots require particular temperature, humidity/moisture and ventilation conditions (SC VII) (storage climate conditions).

A written cooling order must be obtained from the consignor before loading is begun. This order must always be complied with during the entire transport chain.

The following Table merely constitutes an estimate of appropriate temperature ranges. Temperatures may deviate from these values, depending on the particular transport conditions.

Designation Temperature range Source
Travel temperature 0.5 – 2°C [1]
0 – 1°C [5]
0 – 1°C [12]


The supply air should never be below 0°C, as there is otherwise a risk of chilling damage [1].


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RF Humidity/Moisture

Carrots require particular temperature, humidity/moisture and ventilation conditions (SC VII) (storage climate conditions).

Designation Humidity/water content Source
Relative humidity 95% [1]
95% [5]
Water content 75 – 89.7% [1]
Maximum equilibrium moisture content 85% [1]


Carrots have to be protected from all forms of moisture (seawater, rain and condensation water), to prevent the carrots from turning soft and rotting.


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RF Ventilation

Carrots require particular temperature, humidity/moisture and ventilation conditions (SC VII) (storage climate conditions).

Recommended ventilation conditions: circulating air, 60 – 80 circulations/hour with continuous supply of fresh air, to prevent excessive concentrations of CO2, ethylene and other gases.


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RF Biotic activity

Carrots display 2nd order biotic activity.

They are living organs in which respiration processes predominate, because their supply of new nutrients has been cut off.

Care of the cargo during the voyage must be aimed at controlling respiration processes (release of CO2, water vapor, ethylene and heat) in such a way that the cargo is at the desired stage of ripeness on reaching its destination. Inadequate ventilation may result in fermentation and rotting of the cargo as a result of increased CO2 levels and inadequate supply of atmospheric oxygen (see Ventilation).


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RF Gases

CO2 evolution During storage, carrots evolve CO2 by respiration processes.
Upper limit of permissible CO2 content 0.8 vol.%
Ethylene evolution
Active behavior The rate of ethylene production is very low, being below 0.1 µl/kg*h [16].
Passive behavior Ethylene sensitivity may be classified as low [16] (allelopathy).


If ventilation has been inadequate (frost) or has failed owing to a defect, life-threatening CO2 concentrations or O2 shortages may arise. Therefore, before anybody enters the hold, it must be ventilated and a gas measurement carried out.


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RF Self-heating / Spontaneous combustion

No risk.


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RF Odor

Active behavior Carrots have a slight, pleasant odor.
Passive behavior Carrots are highly odor-sensitive.



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RF Contamination

Active behavior Washed carrots do not cause contamination, but unwashed carrots may do.
Passive behavior The cargo is sensitive to dirt, fats and oils. The holds or containers must accordingly be clean and in a thoroughly hygienic condition before loading.



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RF Mechanical influences

Carrots are sensitive to mechanical stresses. Carrots should be treated with care during cargo handling, transport and storage, since otherwise they may spoil prematurely.


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RF Toxicity / Hazards to health

If ventilation has been inadequate (frost) or has failed owing to a defect, life-threatening CO2 concentrations or O2 shortages may arise. Therefore, before anybody enters the hold, it must be ventilated and a gas measurement carried out. The TLV for CO2 concentration is 0.49 vol.%.


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RF Shrinkage/Shortage

Weight loss is below 1%. However, carrots require high relative humidity, as they have a tendency to dry out.


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RF Insect infestation / Diseases

Carrot fly: the carrot fly causes considerable quality degradation.

Sclerotinia rot: in carrots, the soft rot caused by the fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum produces a white mycelium with silvery droplets and hard, black spots. The root body softens from the outside inwards.

Gray mold rot: the fungus Botrytis cinerea causes gray mold rot, which is encouraged by dry storage. In addition to acquiring a coating of mold, the carrots shrink.

Fusarium rot: Fusarium rot is caused by the fungus Fusarium spec. and results in decay of the outer tissue. At particular risk are physiologically and mechanically damaged carrots in highly ventilated holds. Losses may amount to 5 – 15%. The losses are even greater in the case of carrots packaged in polyethylene film.

The quarantine regulations of the country of destination must be complied with and a phytosanitary certificate may have to be enclosed with the shipping documents. Information may be obtained from the phytosanitary authorities of the countries concerned.

Chilling damage: carrots suffer chilling damage at 0°C. The vegetables display surface cracks and the roots grow pale.




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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."

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carrot packing processing washing waste traceability
"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.


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carrot packing processing washing waste traceability
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.


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carrot packing processing washing waste traceability
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."


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carrot packing processing washing waste traceability
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."

For more information:
M.H. Verpackungs- und Anlagentechnik GmbH
GF: Michael Hörnschemeyer

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Robert-Bosch-Straße 2
D-49134 Wallenhorst
Tel. 05407 – 81665-11
Fax 05407 – 81665-20
m.hoernschemeyer@mh-va.de
www.mh-verpackungstechnik-anlagentechnik.de

"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.


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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."

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carrot packing processing washing waste traceability

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.

For more information:
Hans Grips
cartomat Willich GmbH



Gewerbepark Stahlwerk Becker
Schmelzerstraße 9, 47877 Willich
Phone: 0049 - (0)2154 - 818855
Telefax 0049 - (0)2154 - 818871
Mail: cgrips@cartomat.de
Web: www.cartomat.de



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

Brocker Möhren GmbH & Co. KG



Im Fließ 14 ∙ 47877 Willich
Tel.: 02154 9566-0
info@brocker-moehren.de
Web: www.brocker-moehren.de



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."




For more information:
Gerbrand van Veldhuizen – Commercieel Manager
M: +31(0)6 52 189584 E: g.vanveldhuizen@harries.nl
René van der Linden – Sales Manager Export
M: +31(0)6 20 00 63 36 E: r.vanderlinden@harries.nl





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.



Storage reduction

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.


Certainty
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.


Exporters
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.


Traceability
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.


More information:
Sarco Packaging
Jaap van der Sar
+31(0)614-809 696
info@sarcopackaging.com

Actitec
Jaap Jansen
+31(0)622-930 891
info@actitec.nl







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."

carrot packing processing washing waste traceability
carrot packing processing washing waste traceability
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."

carrot packing processing washing waste traceability
carrot packing processing washing waste traceability
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.

For more information:
Alan Hilowitz
Bolthouse Farms
alan.hilowitz@bolthouse.com
www.bolthouse.com





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.



Replacement

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.”



CVT technique

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.



Satisfied

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
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carrot packing processing washing waste traceability

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.


carrot packing processing washing waste traceability
carrot packing processing washing waste traceability

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.


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carrot packing processing washing waste traceability

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.


carrot packing processing washing waste traceability
carrot packing processing washing waste traceability
“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.


carrot packing processing washing waste traceability
carrot packing processing washing waste traceability


“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.”

For more information:
Rony Baruch
Gezer Shalit
Tel: +972 54 797 6003
rony@shallit.co.il
www.shallit.co.il





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."



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carrot packing processing washing waste traceability


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."



carrot packing processing washing waste traceability
carrot packing processing washing waste traceability


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.