Onion packing processing storage and sales quality app delivers less onion packing waste, easy audits and recalls, simple onion inventory control & accurate onion shipping

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.

Onion packing processing storage and sales quality app delivers less onion packing waste, easy audits and recalls, simple onion inventory control & accurate onion 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.

Onion packing processing storage and sales quality app delivers less onion packing waste, easy audits and recalls, simple onion inventory control & accurate onion 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.

Supply Chain Planning in the food industry fresh produce

Supply Chain Planning in the food industry using the Producepak app is easy.  Supply Chain Planning in the food industry fresh produce
Thrive in a climate of stricter regulatory burdens, increased demand for sustainability and new e-commerce expectations. Plan and execute your operating strategy based on a clear view of your global supply chain.

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Harvest the benefits of advanced capabilities.
Global food and beverage (F&B) supply chains are complex and undergoing rapid change, forcing companies to recognize the need for comprehensive digital planning. The Digital Supply Chain Platform provides advanced supply chain optimization coupled with extensive flexibility for a wide variety of F&B sectors, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and packaged and perishable foods.
Embrace demand forecasting
Accurate forecasting helps food and beverage companies optimize their production efficiency, reduce inventory costs, improve distribution and streamline purchasing. 
Implement predictive scheduling
Even without supply chain volatility, companies need to use automation and analytics to optimize production schedules.
Improve visibility
F&B companies need an accurate, complete digital picture of their operations in order to diversify suppliers and respond to challenges.
Achieve low-cost compliance
Navigate a more stringent regulatory landscape that places a premium on digital chain of custody, reporting and documentation.
Streamline and align S&OP
Turn S&OP and strategic planning into a formal comprehensive process with integrated business planning (IBP).
The future of supply chain technology for the food and beverage industry is available now.
Logic supplies the visibility and capabilities to succeed in this fast-moving sector with unique and significant challenges.
Optimize Production
Develop manufacturing plans that deliver least cost and least change, both within inventory limits.
Potato packing: We understand your businesses and have been supporting potato packing businesses since 2001.
Manage the entire potato packing process from delivery, processing (sizing, sorting, French fries manufacture, grading and packing) thru to to sales, dispatch, and traceability & recall.
Potato packing app manages potato deliveries, washing, sorting, packing, and potato sales (bulk and packed bags). Deduct tare of potato deliveries, pack potatoes to order, and manage potato logistics...

Potato packing by farmsoft for less waste and better potato traceability in potato packing & processing space.
Manage potato packing process for any packaging type including net bags, jute bags, film bags, woven bags, paper bags, trays, transport packaging and FIBC’s / Big Bags, 1 ton totes and more.
Potato packing process:
The farmsoft solution supports many potato packing processes and can be configured to support any potato packing business. Here is an example process used in farmsoft potato packing:
Create Purchase Orders to order raw materials (potato), or receive potato deliveries from your own farms without needing an order (if the potatoes are coming from your own farm, optionally issue barcodes to give to harvesting teams or potato truck driver, this barcode can be scanned and will identify a potato delivery upon arrival at the potato packing facility).
Record your customers potato orders (optionally allow customers to order potatoes online using the shop, or B2B portal)
Receive bulk potato deliveries (eg: entire truck load of potatoes, not bagged or packed in any way) and store in silos or bags, traceability is fully maintained from the instant you receive the potato inventory.

Carrot packing processing solution reduces waste, enhances traceability inventory control sales traceability by farmsoft reduces waste and increases productivity in carrot packing.  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

Broccoli packing & processing inventory control sales traceability by farmsoft reduces waste and increases productivity in broccoli packing.   Broccoli packing & processing, inventory QC traceability by farmsoft reduces waste and increases productivity in broccoli packing businesses.
Farmsoft delivers reduced waste in the broccoli 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.
Broccoli packing processing inventory control sales traceability
Broccoli packing processing inventory control sales traceability
BROCCOLI 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.

Broccoli packing & processing, food service business management software for improved food safety & reduced waste. Broccoli packing & processing, inventory QC traceability by farmsoft reduces waste and increases productivity in broccoli packing businesses.

Onion packing & processing storage and sales quality by farmsoft reduces waste and increases productivity in the onion packing space.


Onion packing & processing, boxing, bagging, food service, and inventory QC traceability by farmsoft reduces waste and increases productivity in the onion packing & processing industry
Farmsoft delivers reduced waste in the onion 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. Use farmsoft to process, grade, sort, pack, and value add for any onion type including red onion, white onion, pickle onions, processing onions, brown onion and more.   “Delivering value to the onion industry through increased production, cost reductions and improved product quality”
While everyone is going through unprecedented times and situations, Elisam (powered by Ellips onion grading and sorting technology) continues to expand its customer base by delivering proven value to the North American onion industry.

Walla Walla River Packing, Madison-Cox and Obendorf Farms all installed Elisam onion graders for the 2019/2020 season with the ultimate goal of being able to better serve their customers. With their packing seasons now complete, they are able to look back and assess how their investments helped improve their operational performance. As might be expected, each situation is slightly different, despite this, however, they all achieved significant benefits such as increased production, cost reductions and improved quality. This helped these companies pack their onions to their fullest potential. Ellips grading and sorting technology is now being utilized by 13 onion packers in the Pacific Northwest and over 25 across North America.


Berry packing & processing inventory QC traceability by farmsoft reduces waste and increases productivity.


Berry packing & processing inventory QC traceability by farmsoft reduces waste and increases productivity
Farmsoft delivers opportunities to reduce waste during the berry packing traceability & quality control, processing, storage, distribution phases. By enforcing best practices, FIFO (when practical), 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. Use farmsoft with blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, goji berries, bilberries, acai berries, cranberries, grapes, raspberries, and more...  The 4th International Berry Congress, held in Huelva, Spain, has been the stage chosen by Induser to showcase its new technologies and products developed last year, but also to predict where they will be heading in the short and medium term.



"We are constantly studying the global trends in the sector and using this information to predict how we believe the production and the packaging solutions will evolve." Events like the International Berry Congress are perfect occasions to get to know the opinions of everyone involved in the sector, taking them into account for our plans as well," explains Pedro Martínez, of Induser.







Potato packing by farmsoft for less waste and better potato traceability in potato packing & processing space.

Potato packing by farmsoft for less waste and better potato traceability in potato packing & processing space.

Manage the entire potato packing process from delivery, processing (sizing, sorting, french fries manufacture, grading) thru to to sales, dispatch, and traceability & recall.


Market Report Austria, KW 13:
'Breather for potato packing companies, increasing onion exports'
The situation on the Austrian market for table potatoes has settled again after the extremely turbulent past weeks. Many households are now well stocked with food. Sales in the food retail trade have declined accordingly in recent days. In any case, the catering and wholesale trade has been almost at a standstill since the beginning of last week. Exports are also still not an issue. Uncertainty in view of the recent sales slackness does not arise however in the industry. Inventories are now quite manageable and should be sufficient for domestic supplies until the start of the early potato season. Farmers are also still willing to sell.

There is no change in prices compared to the previous week. In Lower Austria at the beginning of the week a price range of 22 to 28 Euro/100 kg depending on variety and quality was mentioned, whereby 25 Euro/100 kg are usually paid for wireworm-free, small packable premium goods with AMA quality seal. Prices of up to 32 Euro/100 kg were reported from Upper Austria. However, only very manageable quantities are available here.


Melon packing software for packers & processors, traceability, inventory, quality.  Melon packing & processing

Farmsoft delivers opportunities to reduce waste during the melon packing traceability & quality control, processing, storage, distribution phases. By enforcing best practices, FIFO (when practical), 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.


Melon producer expands into juice and fresh-cut fruit
Savor Fresh Farms announces the addition of two product line extensions to their Kiss Melon program. Starting mid-June, Savor Fresh will offer both cold-pressed juice as well as fresh-cut melons.
Over the past several years, Savor Fresh Farms endeavored to broaden their Kiss Melon program. “We want to reach beyond the whole-melon category” says Milas Russell III, President of Savor Fresh Farms. The desire to expand led Savor Fresh to pursue a strategic mission to differentiate. After speaking with consumers, Savor Fresh landed on cold-pressed juice and fresh-cut fruit.
“Although the juice and fresh-cut categories are well supplied, our research suggests there is opportunity with Kiss Melons to create a niche,” says Mr. Russell “Consumers consistently demand great flavor and we are able to leverage our already recognized brand.”
The cold-pressed juice debuts with four main flavors, all created to highlight each Kiss melon variety. “Our goal is to create flavors that complement our melons,” states Patrinka Crammond, Retail Program Director at Savor Fresh. Each flavor has been carefully crafted so that consumers have a multi-level tasting experience.”

Mango packing & mango processing quality control software streamlines packing operations, guides employees to use best food handling practices, increases traceability, and reduces fruit waste.   Mango packing solution guides employees to use best mango handling practices to enhance traceability, reduce mango waste during mango processing, mango product manufacturing, and mango packing.

The farmsoft team has released a suite of Mango packing software solutions for processing, sorting, and grading of avocado and avocado value added manufacturing. The farmsoft Mango Packing solution is designed for all sizes of pack-houses and pack sheds, and includes extensive quality control solutions based on mango quality requirements.
Additional features for mango packers also include specific labeling requirements, with special label compliance for Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Canada, Africa, Turkey, Egypt with and PTI, CanGAP, EuroGAP, and more. Contact us to find out more about avocado farming, and avocado processing today.
Fruit Jungle Organics - Northern Territory Mangoes
"Our goal is to develop the certified organic market segments and increase our plantings for our brand."
A Northern Territory mango grower is hopeful that some late-flowering might help increase this season's crop size.
Harvesting begun at some farms in Darwin in early July, with small volumes sent to market, to date. The owner of Fruit Jungle Organics, in Humpty Doo, Darren Hill says mango production in the Territory is looking like it may be down, but it is early days.
"If you were to go by what has set on trees currently, I would say the NT crop is down," he said. "But in saying this, there is a big flower pushing around the NT currently and it is late. If this makes it through the hotter weather, then it will be a big season."

Co-operative fresh produce packing solutions from farmsoft help you increase traceability, reduce waste, and increase accountability.   Co-operative fresh produce packing
mange the entire co-op packing process – a software solution designed specifically for cooperative fresh produce packing.

Co-operative fresh produce packing is made easy with the farmsoft Post Harvest traceability and packing solution. Easily manage the entire fresh produce handling process. Designed specifically for co-operative fresh produce packing, sales, quality control, invoicing, dispatch, export and importers. Manage fresh produce that belongs to an unlimited number of co-operative growers or farmers. Ensure easy and accurate accountability of co-operative members fresh produce. Present co-operative members with details reports that analyze the break down of their pack-out and quality for each delivery.
for enterprise
For medium to large co-operative fresh produce packing companies that need complete traceability, inventory accountability, quality – implement farmsoft Post Harvest Enterprise edition. Dedicated solution consultants that have deployed multiple co-operative fresh produce packing solutions world wide will guide your company through the implementation process in no time at all. Access money saving features such as Co-Operative Container Management to ensure maximum accountability of totes, RPCs, lugs, and other fresh produce containers. Comprehensive and easy to use quality control helps co-operative members understand the quality of the fresh produce they supply and areas for improvement. Issue detailed returns with charts and graphs to explain what was packed, quality, grade, waste, and delivery details. Includes functionality excluded from the Small business edition (see comparison here). Post Harvest Enterprise farmsoft can be installed on your own server or accessed from the cloud – your choice.
Full support, full training, all features & benefits included.
co-operative fresh produce packing
Co-operative fresh produce packing solutions
co-operative fresh produce packing
Co-operative fresh produce packing solutions
farmsoft post harvest traceability solutions deliver real world benefits:
>> Make administration easy
>> Consistent quality control
>> Improve dispatch accuracy
>> Reduce waste
>> Easy and accurate traceability
>> Reduce compliance costs
>> Improve production planning
Choose how farmsoft co-operative fresh produce packing solutions will work in your business.

Fruit packing system


Fruit packing system makes traceability simple, and reduces administration costs and post harvest losses.


The farmsoft Fruit Packing System manages day to day operations of medium to large fruit and vegetable packing businesses. The solution delivers extensive benefits including making compliance easier, enforcing consistent quality control, and giving management more accurate reporting. The farmsoft Fruit packing system delivers total business management solutions for fresh produce processors and marketers. Talk to a farmsoft consultant today to discuss how your fruit packing system will make doing business easier. Farmsoft is available in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, Turkey and other regions (Please inquire).
Farmsoft Fruit packing system turbocharges packing operations. Fruit packing system farmsoft Fruit packing system brings together all parts of the fruit and vegetable packing business, resulting in better planning, better reporting, and better monitoring.
Through better planning, customer orders are filled on time, with the correct fresh produce of the correct specifications. Better reporting allows management to identify potential for improvement in areas such as employee performance, quality control, fresh produce waste, inventory management, and customer satisfaction. Better monitoring allows management to take rapid corrective actions before an issue becomes costly to the business.
In addition to the above benefits, farmsoft Fruit Packing Systems also reduce overall financial risk exposure in the event of a recall – by making the recall as small as possible, the cost to the business in the unlikely event of a recall is greatly reduced. Potentially, saving the business tens of thousands of dollars (or more if current systems used are manual).
The farmsoft Fruit Packing System quality control modules ensure that quality testing is standardized and consistent across the entire business, across multiple sites, multiple employees, and multiple product lines. This results in less waste by avoiding incorrect categorization of fresh produce, and better customer confidence in the quality and consistency of your fresh produce.


Farmsoft Fruit packing system make employee management easy by capturing the labor in the pack shed. Labor can be captured using time-sheets, or by scanning bar codes during the packing process. This information can later be exported to your chosen financial or payroll solution.


Packhouse processing software for easy management of fruit and vegetable processing and packing. For medium to large packers, importers, exporters of fresh produce.  Packhouse processing software for fruit and vegetables to increase profit, reduce waste, manage quality, traceability, inventory, international standards.
Ensuring accurate traceability and minimizing paperwork in the fresh produce industry is a challenge. To answer these challenges, farmsoft packhouse processing software provides a complete business management solution for fresh produce processors and marketers.

Automated pre-sizing process in water and automated robotic packing
Since the 1980s, Maf Roda Agrobotic has largely contributed to the evolution of the fresh fruit and vegetables grading sector by bringing grading machines from mechanical to electronic and automated systems. Maf Roda Agrobotic has also developed the process of pre-sizing in water, allowing its customers to work in two stages with their products for better control of their stocks, cost reduction of their packaging and ensuring them a higher reactivity in response to market orders.
Packhouse Processing
Packhouse Processing
But pre-sizing also has a major asset in its modus operandi: it is automated upon entry of products in the packhouse, with bins being emptied with raw products picked in orchards and with no manipulation of the fruits by operators. The constitution of batches of defined categories is carried out gently and without hand contact, the fruits are transferred in water channels and automatically sent to new bins, automatically cleaned by a bin washer from our range, for their storage in cold-rooms before their packaging according to the received orders.  


For the pre-sizing in water process, Maf Roda Agrobotic has been designing and producing water treatment and filtration systems for years, this year with new high performance solutions to fight against possible bacteria and viruses that may come from apples or orchards. Water used to convey apples goes through treatment and filtration units which use UV combined with hydrogen peroxide to remove pesticide residues, then through a disinfection process with chlorine dioxide to allow the water to be preserved without bacteria and viruses. These treatment and filtration units thus maintain conveying water with a quality close to that of drinking water. These solutions also have the advantage of operating with reduced water consumption and of presenting no rejects harmful to the environment.


Software solution to manage mixed salad loose leaf lettuce packing, > Reduce Mixed salad loose leaf lettuce packing waste, improve mixed salad loose leaf lettuce packing traceability, ensure accurate & timely mixed salad loose leaf lettuce packing orders.


Mixed salad loose leaf salad lettuce packing - full salad mixing, packing, and sales & distribution management.
Use farmsoft to manage the entire mixed salad loose leaf lettuce packing operation for any loose leaf specialty products including spinach, baby kale, green coral, mignonette, butter lettuce, 4 leaf salads, baby cos, rocket, arugula, chives, basil, bunch dill, bunch kale curly, bunch kale deck, bunch mint, bunch silver-beet, bunch tarragon, bunch thyme, tuscan kale, chard, continental parsley, cochran iceberg, cochran cos, mizuna, chard, salad blends, organic salad packs, Asian mix, braising mix, frissee, organic raw, raddichio, Lollorosa, red romaine, spring mix, wild arugula.
Configure the ingredients for each loose leaf salad recipe, project the required materials, produce orders based on requirements (or schedule new harvests or new plantings) to ensure mixed salad loose leaf lettuce packing is accurate and easy to manage.  


There is currently no similar product on the market in the U. S. Existing products that come closest to this product are quite different in content, containing compacted shredded vegetables or iceberg lettuce instead of loose-leaf vegetables. They also differ in appearance, sold in a cloudy package instead of transparent packaging products that are made from environmentally friendly materials.
Fresh salad and loose leaf solutions have been successfully marketed in Switzerland since the 1980's, and were introduced in the early 1990's in France, where they have already taken one-third of the linear shelf space in the chain stores and supermarkets. (After only nine months of operation, the leading French company is currently under buyout negotiations for as much as four times its initial capitalization.)
The processing technology for Fresh salad and loose leaf , which was developed in Europe, falls in the realm of "trade secrets." Although there is no patent protection, the technology is proprietary and unique, based upon a combination of machines, including vegetable processing units as well as other food product processing units ;a specific design for some of the machines; and a particular set of quality control methods.
However ingenious, the process remains relatively simple at first glance: raw material is trimmed and cored by hand; selected raw material is then mechanically and automatically cut, washed, rinsed, spin-dried, weighed and packaged. In fact, this proprietary process know-how is necessary to assure the distinctive high quality of the product and avoid production problems that lead to a deterioration of quality.
Fresh salad and loose leaf has secured the source of know-how via a license option granted by the leading French company manufacturing Fresh salad and loose leaf -type products.

Packhouse job management and pack shed job management for packers and processors of fresh produce.  Packhouse job management
Packhouse job management
Packhouse job management
From simple packhouse job management of batches, through to managing fresh produce dispatch jobs and orders – FarmSoft delivers rapidly, and accurately for pack shed management. Comprehensive tools manage every job in the packhouse and pack shed – from the moment fresh produce is ordered or delivered, through storage, sorting, grading, packing, processing, warehousing, and sales dispatch and marketing.

FarmSoft provides easy management of packhouse jobs, and pack shed jobs. Easily manage packing labor and all employee jobs with batch based packing management. Instruct multiple pack sheds on their daily packing jobs – using the FarmSoft work order system. Ensure orders are filled accurately and all employees are performing their packhouse jobs at the correct time, AND recording all the correct data in the performance of their jobs.Record customer orders using the Sales Order management modules, even record complex sales contracts and monitor the progress of orders being packed against available fresh produce. Plan harvests and packing jobs using crop harvest data and customer orders. Easily capture the cost of pack shed employment and pack shed jobs for employee cost reporting and export to financial and payroll packages.

Easily manage fresh produce dispatch jobs with pick sheets, on screen job building, rapid printing of paperwork (FarmSoft will present the paperwork required for each different customers dispatch), manage dispatch employees, and manage dispatch processes such as temperate gathering, quality control checks, and final load outs for transport companies.


FarmSoft Packhouse Job Management Software .

Managing packhouse and pack shed employees can be a challenge. FarmSoft understands that employees are sometimes transient, and unreliable. FarmSoft makes it easy to track pack shed work, jobs, and labor. Pack shed labor can be assigned to specific batches, allowing comprehensive reporting of batch costs including labor, packing materials, and batch ingredients to give an accurate figure that represents the true cost per unit of finished product from each batch. Packhouse and pack shed labor can be charged to farms (if you are packing on their behalf), or even charged to customers (special packing processes where you are required to pack using potentially their packing materials and possibly client owned produce or inventory).Contact your nearest FarmSoft consultant now to discuss packhouse job management opportunities for your pack shed or fruit and vegetable wholesaling operation.


Reference: Less fresh produce waste more traceability Accurate inventory shipping Apple packing, pear packing, citrus packing.


Cold store management for fresh produce, reduced waste and increased efficiency. Fresh produce inventory - Orders - Quality - Packing - Sales - Shipping - Recall & audit.  Cold store management software makes fruit and vegetable storage and packing easy, more efficient, and manageable. Traceability and reporting at your fingertips!

FarmSoft cold store management software delivers a wide range of easy to implement, practical solutions for make every day fruit packing easier and increases packhouse efficiency. FarmSoft cold store management software manages fresh produce before it’s even delivered. Purchase orders, through to store, packing, sorting, washing, repacking, cross docking, quality control, ripening management, sales contracts, sales orders, transport, dispatch, invoicing, and more.
FarmSoft cold store management software makes your packhouse more efficient and reduces post harvest waste. Cold store management software for fruit importers, exporters, packers, cross docking, and short and long term fruit storage. Cold store management software. FarmSoft’s easy to use functionality covers all operational requirements for import, export, packing and processing of fresh produce. Use FarmSoft’s cold store quality control modules to ensure minimum waste, and maximum customer satisfaction.
Contact FarmSoft today to deploy cold store management software in your fresh produce processing enterprise now! Talk to one of our expert consultants. Reference: farm management farming software best farm software agriculture software onion farming pineapple tomato farming with the best traceability software.


Since cold chain logistics requires maintaining temperature integrity, controlling all the processes involved means high levels of integration and coordination. Each supply chain step and partner—from farmer/harvester or producer to the ultimate seller—shares responsibility and there are multiple phases and facilities along the way which contribute to keeping products fresh.  For example, cold chain transportation units are commonly designed to keep ambient temperature constant, not to bring a shipment to the optimal temperature. But if a shipment is not adequately prepared and conditioned, its quality may be compromised.

Further, if a shipment will be exposed to extreme cold or heat along the transport route, considerations should be made to protect the products in transit. Transportation that extends over multiple days provides a host of opportunities for breaking the cold chain.

"Route selection is important in order to maximize cold chain performance, especially in winter and summer," says Hernandez. "In extreme temperatures, companies should select routes that minimize the number of times doors must be opened".

Flower packing software for traceability, reduced flower waste, and maximum flower processing efficiency.  Manage the entire flower sorting, grading, and packing process. From inventory management, to orders and dispatch management, quality control, packing cost management, employee costs, pack out reporting and more. Download full details of FarmSoft Flower Packing Software here.

FarmSoft Flower Packing Software provides cutting edge software for the management of flower processing and flower packing. Including flower quality control, sales, dispatch, staff & inventory control. All of the powerful features of FarmSoft Flower Packing can be used in the flower packing and flower export industry.
Try farmsoft flower packing solutions: Flower packing brochure, Flower packing app, Flower Quality Control & Inspection, Flower Traceability.
For exporters of flowers, FarmSoft flower packing software maintains exceptionally high standards of traceability for all flower processing, flower warehousing, and flower exporting businesses. Maintain the same safety and traceability levels as required for food safety.
FarmSoft Flower Packing software manages the entire process of receiving flowers from your own farm, external flower suppliers, quality control processes, grading, sorting, packing and wrapping, dispatch, sales, and invoicing process.


Edible flowers, until now a niche specialized market, are booming in Spain. "We have a few companies in Spain. Each of them has its own specificity and, although we are natural competitors, we are not rivals: there is a real need for corporatism to represent our interests in such an innovative sector. We are creating an association of edible flower producers to advance the profession and the market. This will allow us to be better represented before official bodies, which do not usually listen to small producers", comments Laura Carrera, CEO of Innoflower, a member of the Frutas Olivar de Mercamadrid group founded in 2016.


"The world of edible flowers is much wider than a simple flower added to a salad. That would be the product of the I range: the fresh flower, selected in the field and in the workshop, with no more processing than its visual selection. The date of preferential consumption goes from 3 to 12 days (depending on species), under controlled temperature between 4 and 6 ºC and without breaking the cold chain. Hence the difficulty of combining flowers with other plants, such as salads in bags (pre-prepared convenience food products), with other conservation requirements", continues Laura..


Hop processing software from farmsoft delivers new levels of traceability and efficiency to hop processors and hop milling.  Hop processing software from farmsoft provides cutting edge software for the management of hop processing and hop milling and packing. Including hop quality control, staff, inventory, hope sales, dispatch, and hop storage. All of the powerful features of FarmSoft Packhouse Management can be used in the hop processing, milling and packing industry.

For exporters of hops, farmsoft hop processing software maintains exceptionally high standards of traceability for all hop processing, hop warehousing, and hop exporting processes.
FarmSoft manages the entire process of receiving hops from your own farm or from external suppliers, through the quality control, grading, sorting, drying, milling, packing, dispatch and sales process.
FarmSoft Hop Packhouse Manager provides a flexible solution for the modern hop processor and hop miller. FarmSoft Hop Packhouse Manager is extremely flexible and can cater for the subtle differences between each hop processor. The solution integrates with the FarmSoft Hop Farm Management ERP solutions, with interfaces for all smartphones and tablets such as Android and Apple devices. Download the FarmSoft Hop Packhouse Software brochure.
hop processing software
Hop Processing / Hop Milling
Hop Processing & Milling Software: FarmSoft Hop Processing software delivers extensive business management for the contemporary hop processor and hop miller. Today’s modern hop miller is flooded with hop handling and food safety regulations from local regulations to export requirements. FarmSoft Hop Processing Manager helps make the regulatory headache go away, whilst assisting the hop packhouse to increase profitability and quality. Hop processing becomes more efficient and recording traceability and management records requires no effort with FarmSoft Hop Processing Manager. Remote access from smartphones keeps hop processors management and owners up to date with hop processing performance and allows mobile monitoring and hop processing control. Advanced features manage hop traceability, hop quality, hop flavor, hop aroma, and hop inventory.  A hop system is made up of a tensile structure with prestressed concrete posts connected by steel threads anchored to the ground. Valente developed a precise know-how specifically for this product and systems are set up following a few important design specifications.
Posts are generally larger and sturdier than those used for traditional orchards and vineyards, as they need to be taller to favor plant productivity.

Apple packing solution for apple packers & processors
Apple packing & fresh produce business management software
Bulk apples are delivered to the packing shed via trucks or wagons, where it is dumped into receiving bins and sorted for quality and size. Ripe fruit with a greenish tint is placed in special storage rooms where ethylene gas is used to bring out the color. Obvious low grade (fruit that is not suitable to sell for eating due to cosmetic defects) is performed and apples removed and sold for juice or other uses. Fruit that is ready to be packed into crates, totes, or flats is run through a washer and then air-dried and grade sorted automatically. A light coating of natural wax is applied to help the fruit retain moisture and enhance its appeal.
Apple fruit is transported via conveyor belts to the grading tables where it is visually sorted into three grades: top quality, average, and orchard run, and is then carried via belts to the packing tables. During the late 19th century top-grade fruit would be wrapped in printed tissue paper (a technique developed in the town of Orange, California in the 1880s) and placed in the boxes so that the printed names showed between the slats. In the 1920s tissue wrappers were replaced with printed logos, and ultimately paper stickers. Packed fruit is designated by size, based on the average number of pieces it takes to fill a box. In the days of wooden crates, sizes generally ranged from the 100s to the 390s, demonstrating the wide range of sizes. The sizes for the smaller cardboard boxes introduced in the 1950s and still in use today range from the 40s to the 210s, depending upon the variety of fruit being shipped.
Today, apple packing is performed by hand in a small number of packing sheds, even though Sunkist developed robotic packing machines in the 1980s. Packed apple boxes are stored in a "pre-cooler" to prepare them for the trip to market by truck or rail sea or air. Apples were shipped in ventilated railroad cars or insulated boxcars before the advent of the refrigerator lorry.  Poland, the EU’s largest apple producer, has been hardest hit this year with dry weather and two damaging frosts driving production down 43% from 2018 levels, according to USDA estimates. Germany, Hungary, and Romania have also taken large hits to their apple production this year. France and Spain, on the other hand, emerged seemingly unscathed and are expected to see year-over-year gains in apple output of 7% and 13%, respectively. Meanwhile, the US is dealing with trade battles of its own. India and China have imposed tariffs of 70% and 60%, respectively, on American apples. India was the second largest export market for US apples in 2018, but in the first eight months of this year, exports are down by two-thirds. The resulting excess supply has driven prices lower for all US apple producers, not just those who traditionally export their fruit. In mid-September, retail prices for US golden delicious apples dropped to 87 cents per pound on average, their lowest level since the USDA’s AMS Retail series began in 2010.

Coffee processing software

Coffee processing, grading, sorting, packing. For medium to large coffee farms, processors, co-operatives.  Reasons to use farmsoft coffee processing & coffee farming software...
Coffee processing, grading, sorting, packing
Coffee processing, grading, sorting, packing
Increase yield and quality using best practices for coffee farming
Manage the entire coffee farming process, for your own farms, and for other small farming operations that you purchase coffee beans from.

Best practice enforcement delivers higher coffee bean yield and better quality coffee beans, and a safer product with high levels of traceability.
Coffee processing, grading, sorting, packing
Coffee processing, grading, sorting, packing
Underground greenhouses were invented in pre-revolutionary Russia – at that time the Slavs were growing pineapples and shipping them to Europe.
Nowadays in Kazakhstan there is only one underground greenhouse (20 km from Ust-Kamenogorsk), where the Zemlyanyh’ family grow oranges, bananas and coffee, even in tough winter conditions.
No special technology is needed to equip an underground greenhouse. In order to get an exotic yield you need to dig a giant hole in the ground and set up a garden on the bottom of it. It works as a giant thermos – located below ground, it is sheltered from the wind.
‘A word combination “Banana Republic” is outdated now, - says Abish Baytenov, a gardener who plans on constructing an underground greenhouse in Akmolinsk region. Bananas yield a profit of millions of dollars’.
The Zemlyanyh’ family proved that underground gardens prevent the main heat loss – through the walls. One little furnace is enough to maintain subtropical climate in greenhouse.
The idea of underground greenhouses can and should be developed over vast territories of the country, and consequently this will solve the problem of food supply security.
Avocado Packing & Processing Solution Avocado Oil

Avocado packing software streamlines packing operations, guides employees to use best food handling practices, increases traceability, and reduces fruit waste.   Avocado packing software guides employees to use best food handling practices, increases traceability, and reduces fruit waste during avocado packing.

The farmsoft team has released a suite of Avocado packing software solutions for processing, sorting, and grading of avocado and avocado value added manufacturing. The farmsoft Avocado Packing solution is designed for all sizes of pack-houses and pack sheds, and includes extensive quality control solutions based on avocado quality requirements.

Additional features for avocado packers also include specific labeling requirements, with special label compliance for Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Canada, Africa, Turkey, Egypt with and PTI, CanGAP, EuroGAP, and more. Contact us to find out more about avocado farming, and avocado processing today.

Avocado packing software
Avocado packing software
Avocado packing software solution:  The Spanish mango campaign is about to start in the Axarquía of Malaga, where the harvest of the Osteen, the most common variety, is expected to kick off in early September.

"Imported mangoes have reached very high prices, so the European market is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Spanish mangoes, given their proximity and quality," says Álvaro Martínez, manager of Axarfruit, which is currently marketing Palmer mangoes from Brazil. The company also produces and markets organic avocados and lemons.

Avocado Packing & Processing Solution Avocado Oil
Avocado Packing & Processing Solution Avocado Oil
“We will start marketing organic Osteen mangoes in week 36. The fruit is arriving somewhat late, but with optimal quality and sufficient volumes. The subtropical sector in Malaga is increasingly aware of the fact that the campaign cannot start before September, when the fruit isn't sufficiently ripe yet. The greatest asset that Spanish mangoes have in the European markets is their quality and we must protect it,” says Álvaro Martinez.

Avocado Packing & Processing Solution Avocado Oil
Avocado Packing & Processing Solution Avocado Oil
High demand for avocados due to lower prices
According to the Axarfruit manager, the summer avocado campaign has gone fairly well, as the demand has been quite high. “The truth is that, during the first months of the pandemic, the demand went crazy and we were overwhelmed with orders. Then, with the massive arrival of Peruvian avocados, prices dropped, as the Andean country shipped smaller volumes to the United States due to it being well supplied by California and Mexico. 

Chili processing & manufacturing software

Chili powder manufacturing, crushed chili, powdered chili processing, and chili oil manufacturing. Reduce chili waste, improve chili traceability, ensure accurate & timely chili orders.


Farmsoft app for chili processing & manufacturing of chili powder, crushed chili, chili oil, chili sauce, chili paste, pickled chili, dried chili, chili food service products and other chili value added products.
Extremely pleased with farmsoft and the customer service
As the Food safety director for our company, the addition of farmsoft to our business has made the audit process and record keeping one less thing to worry about. We have reduced certain audit processes by half the time it took us before having farmsoft. Traceability and Mock recalls are a breeze now. farmsoft delivers everything and more than the other Post Harvest software's out there. Highly, Highly recommend farmsoft.


Chilies produced using traditional practices are liable to quantitative and qualitative deterioration that ultimately results into economic losses to the growers and the exporters. Moreover the occurrence of toxins in the produce has an impact on the health of consumers. Chili processing software aims to provide safe and better quality chilies to consumers by adopting modern and systematic methods of processing. It also aims to protect whole and powdered chilies from contamination of toxic chemicals of health concern by bringing improvements in storage, processing and marketing procedures. The course will develop expertise among different stake holders in chili processing by providing them specific training, keeping in view their job requirements.


Chili dehydrating, chili rack drying and storage can be managed in farmsoft using chili batch management, giving you maximum chili traceability both up and down the supply chain. Plan your chili manufacturing processes using farmsoft's chili production and projection dashboard. Project required chili to manufacture each order and schedule chili manufacturing and inventory requirements in seconds. New farmsoft is full of features to manage chili processing, chili oil manufacturing, chili whole red chili pods, crushed chili, chili powder, paprika powder, caribe.  Flexible chili processing quality control software can be used to reduce the incorrect categorization of chili processing as waste, leading to higher pack shed profits and more consistent quality, with improved customer satisfaction. Farmsoft manages chili processing businesses from end to end, providing a comprehensive chili processing business management solution.


Onion packing & processing storage and sales quality
 

Onion packing & processing storage and sales quality by farmsoft reduces waste and increases productivity in the onion packing space. 


Onion packing & processing, boxing, bagging, food service, and inventory QC traceability by farmsoft reduces waste and increases productivity in the onion packing & processing industry
Farmsoft delivers reduced waste in the onion 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. Use farmsoft to process, grade, sort, pack, and value add for any onion type including red onion, white onion, pickle onions, processing onions, brown onion and more.
Onion packing & processing storage and sales quality by farmsoft reduces waste and increases productivity in the onion packing space.
Onion packing & processing storage and sales quality by farmsoft reduces waste and increases productivity in the onion packing space.
ONION 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 ONION 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 ONION 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 ONION 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.







Onion packing & processing, food service business management software for improved food safety & reduced waste. Onion packing & processing storage and sales quality by farmsoft reduces waste and increases productivity in the onion packing space.




Oregon, Washington and Idaho onion producers on Ellips/Elisam:
“Delivering value to the onion industry through increased production, cost reductions and improved product quality”
While everyone is going through unprecedented times and situations, Elisam (powered by Ellips onion grading and sorting technology) continues to expand its customer base by delivering proven value to the North American onion industry.

Walla Walla River Packing, Madison-Cox and Obendorf Farms all installed Elisam onion graders for the 2019/2020 season with the ultimate goal of being able to better serve their customers. With their packing seasons now complete, they are able to look back and assess how their investments helped improve their operational performance. As might be expected, each situation is slightly different, despite this, however, they all achieved significant benefits such as increased production, cost reductions and improved quality. This helped these companies pack their onions to their fullest potential. Ellips grading and sorting technology is now being utilized by 13 onion packers in the Pacific Northwest and over 25 across North America.

Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
Oregon onion operation achieves competitive productivity and quality
In 2019, Coastline Farms and Madison Ranches formed a partnership to start a new onion packing operation in Echo, Oregon, under the name Madison-Cox Onions. As the core component of their operation, they purchased a new two lane Elisam onion grader for their 2019/2020 season.

Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste

MCO

Jonathan Miller, formerly Plant Manager at River Point Farms, is the General Manager for MCO. Miller shares that the decision to purchase the Ellips/Elisam was made much easier because of their previous experiences with the machine and the technology. “We were confident in their performance and commitments and know that the company and their employees stand behind their solutions and customers,” he says.

Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
Even though the company was already familiar with the machine and the technology, Ellips/Elisam’s performance, reliability and support exceeded their expectations. “We achieved significant labor savings via Ellips’ TrueSort grading technology, including External Quality (EQ) and Internal Quality (IQ) capabilities. The production reached an excess of 15 tons per hour on our two-lane Elisam grader and all of this enabled us to run our entire packing operation with less than 20 employees,” Miller says.

Starting out as a brand-new operation in 2019, it was particularly important for MCO to be able to supply accurately sized and sorted product – which the Ellips/Elisam helped them do. “Even though we were a new and smaller scale organization, we were able to provide comfort to both our existing and new customers that we could provide a consistent product that was sorted according to the same EQ and IQ standards achieved by larger operations.”

The reliable technology and the easy access to support – “if needed, support is available via a remote connection which enables communication with a technician within minutes,” – made it so that the new operation was set up for success. “Our new Elisam grader helped us achieve the productivity and quality required to immediately compete in the market,” says Miller.

Walla Walla sweet onions double production and reduces cost
Located in Walla Walla, WA, Walla Walla River Packing is the premier supplier of Walla Walla sweet onions. In 2018, they decided to upgrade their onion packing line by incorporating a six- lane, twelve-exit Elisam grader into their operation. The goal of the new line, which went live in June 2019, was to increase production capacity, improve product handling capabilities, decrease labor costs and enhance the quality of their packed product.


Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste

Walla Walla

As the season progressed, Harry Hamada, Owner and General Manager, was thrilled with the performance of the new line, stating that “The Elisam grader exceeded his expectations.” Harry said that they were able to double their production (running approximately 40 tons per hour) while reducing their labor costs by more than 35%. “Additionally, the consistency and quality of our packed product was excellent,” Harry says. “Overall, Walla Walla couldn’t be happier with the efficient and on-time installation, the performance of the technology and the after-sales service and support provided by Ellips USA,” he concludes.

Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste


Ellips helps Idaho farm with continual improvements
Obendorf Farms is methodically expanding their onion growing and packing volumes. Located in Parma, Idaho, Obendorf built a “state-of-the-art” onion packing facility for the 2019/2020 season. As the anchor to their operation, they purchased a six-lane Ellips/Elisam onion grader.

Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste

Obendorf

During their first season, they were able to evaluate their performance and experiment with their processes with an eye toward continual improvement. One of these improvements will arrive this coming season, when Obendorf will enhance their grading and sorting capabilities by adding Ellips TrueSort External Quality and Internal Quality technology to their Elisam grader.

Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
For more information
John Albert
Ellips USA
Tel: +1 (206) 915-4962
john.albert@ellips.com
www.ellips.com






Onion packing centres updated about Eqraft optical sorting machine


Last week, the onion sector was brought up to date about upgrades made to the Eqraft optical sorting machine in the past six months. This was done at Dutch onion trader, Hoza, who have the first model of the Eqrafts Eqrader. This machine sorts onions by size, colour, form, weight, and internal as well as external quality. Feedback received at a similar event six months ago, was included in the advancements.



Bas Pomstra, Wim de Rijder and Lijn Moerdijk

The machine at Hoza als gave a lot of insight into how an onion season runs. This input led to further developments of the machine. There have been various mechanical adjustments. The machine has been optimally fine-tuned so the captured camera shots are in sharp focus, regardless of their position. This is all important when it comes to accurate sorting.




Bas Pomstra and Rutger Keurhorst

Bas Pomstra, Head of R&D at Eqraft, shared which mechanical improvements had been made. He mentioned the conveyor belt, a so-called 'V-band', which places the onions in cups and guides them through the machine. "By changing the way this V-band is constructed, there is a more streamlined transition to the cups. An average of 75% to 90% of the cups are filled", says Jim Hoogzand of Hoza.



The machine has a tilting section, in order to check the onions on all sides. The problem with this was that the smaller onions could slip through the chains of cups, which caused mechanical failures. This problem was solved by making a minor adjustment to the machine.



The machine has two integrated cup washing systems. The cups transporting the onions get dirty after a while. The washing system automatically washed these cups. It is advised to wash the cups once a week, but this depends on the batch of onions that has passed through the machine.



Jan Franje and Jaap Wiskerke

The new Tally version's interface has been adjusted. Users find it useful to have so much relevant information displayed on one screen. Real-time information of the sorting process is important. Setting are displayed in the background.



Lindert Moerdijk, Jim Hoogzand, Lennart Moerdijk

The Q eye camera now also features new software, and there are two additional cameras. This means there are now six cameras aimed at one track. This gives even better coverage of the onion, as a whole. The focal distance has been optimally fine-tuned. This means images of onions of any size can be captured in sharp focus, in order to properly judge the quality of the onion.





Besides the mechanical improvements, significant progress has been made in the development of the machine's neural network. The neural network receives data based on a classification model that has been developed. This classification model comprises characteristics used to determine the quality of the onions. The external quality characteristics are divided into 18 categories. Examples of these are: Good - a perfect, or acceptable, onion; Skinned - some cracks, or half or fully skinned; Stains - mild, or heavy stains. These are seven of the 18 external characteristics. You can see a complete overview of these characteristics in the photo.




Bas Pomstra asked those present if these 18 characteristics cover all possible variations. He also asked that onions from a particular batch be checked and the participants then place them in a particular category. This caused much discussion, making it clear that choosing the correct category is no easy task, and that opinions vary widely when it comes to choosing categories. The Eqrader was much quicker, sorting ten onions per second per track!




The neural network has been 'taught' based on these categories. The user can sort batches that meet certain quality characteristics needed for a particular customer or country.





The neural network is a system that requires further development in order to achieve optimal sorting. The software must 'learn' the different characteristics. Pomstra, therefore, called for the neural network to be further developed with help from the onion sector.




There are currently insufficient onions in each of the classification model's categories to supply the neural network with sufficient data. The goal is to collect red and yellow onions in all the categories, as quickly as possible, and to do further tests.





The first results look good. From a batch of 100 000 onions, 80 000 were used for training. These 80 000 onions are used to teach the machine how to distinguish between the various categories. The 20 000 remaining onions, which had not yet been sorted, were used in an 'exam'. The results were good, and came close to the minimum capacity of the traditional readings done on the onions. In the matrix, you see, for example, the reading for stones is at 100 in the diagonal line. This means all stones were removed from the batch.





After Rutger Keurhorst and Bas Pomstra's presentation, there was the opportunity to see the Eqrader in action. It is a very nice process, where the onion are placed one-by-one into the cups. Above the cups is a Modesta dusting extraction system, which blows onions skins and dust away. After the onion is checked, internally, it move through the sorter in order to be checked externally.





After this is done, the onion is turned and placed in a different cup, where the other side is also checked. The sorter now "knows" which onion this is, and categorises it. Crates, containing the desired types of onions, are filled from six different dispensers in the machines, which are fed by an output system.




The dispensers can be adjusted as per the customers wishes, and sorting demands. If the customer wants perfect onions of two different sizes, then two dispensers are used.




The afternoon's conclusion was that the mechanical and electronic developments of the Eqrader are progressing well. Advancements have been made in the past six months. The development of the neural network, using the classification model, has led to the development of a reliable system which can index the onions' various quality characteristics.







For more information:
www.eqraft.com/product/optical-onion-grader

Auteur: Andries Gunter
Bron: www.agf.nl



Spanish onion packer buys weighing and packing machines
Annually, in the Southern Spanish city of Valencia, Navarro Darder SL packages about 25 000 tonnes of onions. In order to supply their clients in a better and quicker manner, this company has, in recent years, invested heavily in fast, reliable Manter weighing and packing machines. "We are currently working with the MD14 XL. In combination with the latest MBP HS and SAB HS machines, we can quickly change to the required packaging. We now no longer ask our clients when they want to collect; we now ask how many trucks they want to be loaded?" says Commercial Director, José Vte. Darder, laughingly.




Both Cesar Navarro and José Vte. Darder. are convinced that, "by investing in these modern machines we can realise our future growth in a sustainable manner."

Cesar Navarro and José Vte. Darder both see client satisfaction as the most important goal in their daily activities. To ensure this, this business offers a wide range of packaging options for yellow, red, white and sweet onions. Making up 99% of their turnover, onions are by far their most important crop. In early spring, this company also supplies exclusive, regional new potatoes to clients in Spain, as well as abroad. Of the total turnover, 25% remains in Spain. The remaining 75% goes to central markets in the Netherlands, Germany, Northern and Southern Europe and even South America. "Our clients demand a wide product assortment, from small packaging to 5 - 25kg boxes and net bags. It is, therefore, important to us that we can quickly change from one type of packaging to another with our machines", says Navarro. "We deliver a good quality, fast service which is why we can also ask a good price for our products", adds Darder.


"We have known Manter products for a long time", says Navarro. He is impressed with the company's worldwide reputation, as well as with the local attention that he receives from Manter Packaging Iberica. "We know of various Spanish businesses who have been working, with full satisfaction, with these reliable Manter machines for 20 years now. We, ourselves, have a close working relationship with our local man, Albert Llaguerri, and his technical team. Short communication lines are essential. We must be assured of quick assistance if needed. Just-in-time delivery is, after all, important. The combination of the MBP HS and SAB HS machines with MD14 XL weigher allows Navarro Darder to now accurately weigh their large Spanish onions and pack them according to the client's wishes", Navarro explains. "After the introduction of the Manter MBP HS and SAB HS, we quickly knew we would be investing in these new machines."



De MBP HS, places hessian, net and other kinds of bags which have holes and a plastic strip, under the filling hole of the other machine. It has undergone various changes. It is now completely encased and so, will meet future CE norms. This makes it very safe to use. The MPB remains easily accessible thanks to large doors. Its speed has also been increased, which makes this machine, and the SAB HS packaging machine a strong combination. Together, these machines can package and tightly sew closed 20 bags of 25 kg per minute. "Switchovers are also quick now. Within 45 seconds, we can accurately weight and pack with a different kind of packaging", Navarro Darder's Director says.


Keep growing
Looking to the future, these Spanish specialists want to continue expanding their sales. The company is ideally located close to the port of Valencia and the large highways to the important Spanish cities of Madrid and Barcelona, as well as the rest of Europe. This forms a firm basis for the future. In the coming years, the business expects its turnover to increase by 20% per year. "By investing in these modern machines, we can also realise this growth in a sustainable manner in the coming years", says both Navarro and Darder.



The combination of the MBP HS and SAB HS with the MD14 XL weigher means Navarro Darder can now accurately weigh their large Spanish onions and package them to their clients' specifications.


For more information:
Marcel Oldenziel
Manter
Tel : +31 (0) 591 626 300
www.manter.com



Lindert Moerdijk over MSP Onions' new processing plant:
"Soon we will be able to sort 200,000 tons of onions with 5 people, instead of 80,000 tons with 30"
Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste


MSP Onions' new processing plant was on display last week. It was showcased on the Dutch TV network, RTL's, program, 'How it's Done'. The new factory is located in Nieuwdorp, the Netherlands.

"Everything in the plant is automated," says Lindert Moerdijk about the new project. "We used to have 30 people packing 80.000 tons of onions. Now 5 people can process 200.000 tons. The highest levels of sustainability, efficiency, and innovations have come together here. Our onion sorting and packing processes have been revolutionized," says Lindert.

Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
The factory's internal logistics are now fully automated. As a result, there is 60% less transit movement. Everything can also be tracked in real-time. MSP Onions also used Artificial Intelligence (AI).

AI brings the company's sorting technology to the highest level in the world. This is true for both internal and external quality. Quality assurance has enabled never-before-seen packing speeds. At top speed, as much as 120 tons can be packed per hour.

Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
"We work with high-tech cameras and systems linked on a single software platform. The system, using simple language, tells the operator what to do," explains Moerdijk in the TV segment. According to him, this family business' goal is to expand even further. "We eventually want to move towards circular production. It must be completely electricity and CO2 neutral."


According to Lindert, climate change lead to the company making this massive investment. "We have to deal with long rainy and dry periods. That is stressful for onions and disastrous for their quality. Manual sorting could not solve this problem."

"The machines we were using could not assess the onions' internal quality. That was the reason for building this plant. I am extremely proud that we as a local family business - with three brothers and three sons - could make our mark on Dutch soil with this project," Lindert concludes.

Click here to see more photos of MSP Onions' new processing plant.


For more information:
MSP Onions
32a Hertenweg
4455 TL Nieuwdorp, NL
Email: lindert@msp-onions.nl
Website: www.msp-onions.nl

"Netherlands: "Narrow margins for packing stations despite large onion exports"
There is currently a great demand for onions. Africa is the front runner with shipments this week to Mauritania, Ivory Coast and Senegal. The prices for field crops have risen to 13 cents for direct sales and 14/15 cents for forward sales. According to André van Damme of Dacomex, this is caused by farmers keeping their doors shut and stocks of commercial companies starting to dwindle. The exporter finds it difficult to make any speculations about the onion market when it comes to the long term. "It's certainly not a done deal. I have confidence in the short term, but after that it's a mystery."

"Exports to Africa will soon dissipate and the question is whether it will be taken over by other customers. Africa is now responsible for half of the exports with about 11.000/12.000 tonnes. The question is whether we can maintain those exports. You need demand from a country like Russia for that, but currently there are few signs of that happening. Countries like Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia have reasonable demand as well, but those exports will soon be taken over by New Zealand."

There is no uniformity yet in the pricing of containers, according to André. The prices have increased by 750 Euro with some shipping agencies. For a container of 30 tonnes, you are talking about an additional cost of 2.5 cents per kilo. In addition, the quality of the onions is poor, according to the exporter. "There are few batches that have nothing wrong with them. A batch with 10% tare is one of the better batches. Imagine if Russia were to enter the market in the near future and they are supplied on credit with lesser quality; the question is how that will turn out."

"It's ridiculous that the margins for sorting and packing stations are so narrow with the great export that we have. We are dealing with poor quality onions, but with the current sorting capacity, we can still easily sort 25,000 to 30,000 tonnes. I have my doubts about how things will go in the future when it comes to double sorting capacity. However, we will find that out in the time to come." concludes André.

www.dacomex.nl



German, French and Dutch onion companies visit Gugger-Guillod
JDC Onion Grading Solutions presents optical onion sorting technology




How does this optical onion sorting technology work in practice? What do users see as the main advantages? JDC Onion Grading Solutions invited the top European onion companies to judge this for themselves at the Swiss onion processing and packaging company Gugger-Guillod. Delegations from German, French and Dutch onion companies entered the practical test.




The system was set for class 1 quality standardisation. Those who want to supply this quality, have to be able to rely on every onion with a type of rot, sprout formation or other defects being taken out. And this happens, the enthusiastic guests saw.

Wisconsin native is elected president of National Onion Association
Wisconsin native Doug Bulgrin has been elected National Onion Association President and will serve as the nationwide organization’s chief for the next two years. The National Onion Association (NOA) was incorporated in 1913 and represents more than 500 onion growers, shippers, packers and suppliers throughout the United States.

He is the 32nd president of the National Onion Association. Trustees of the NOA elected him to the position in December during the organization’s annual convention in Naples, Fla.

Bulgrin, 46, has been with Gumz Farms and its predecessor, the Lewiston Corporation, for 30 years. He works at present as the Onion Packing Shed Manager for Gumz Farms, which bought out Lewiston in 1997.

Bulgrin loves the challenge of solving problems. He got involved with the organization a few years back, working on food safety issues. “Rather than doing what someone has told us to do with food safety, I’d rather be involved in helping create and steer policies and rules that make sense,” Bulgrin said.

In his two-year tenure, he wants to concentrate on increasing membership, as well as member participation.

He attended his first Washington D.C. trip with the NOA leadership last year, and his eyes were opened. His expectations going in were, ‘How can I as one person make a difference?’ He quickly learned that he was dealing with human beings — everyday people who needed our industry’s expertise in some of the larger issues affecting the onion industry.

“That awakening in Washington was real. It’s like, ‘We really do matter. We can make a difference,’” Bulgrin said.

He hopes these next two years will be busy with meeting people, increasing membership and industry participation in Washington regulations that affect the onion industry.

Bulgrin said it will take everyone in the membership to help it evolve.
“If the NOA is going to continue to thrive, we have to evolve,” he said. “We need to hear if things are going well, or what aren’t going so well. The more ideas we have out there, the better.”

Bulgrin, who grew up on a dairy farm in Portage, Wis., is married to Nikki, and together they have three teenage children. Bulgrin has spent the last seven years farming with his children to introduce them to agriculture. They farm corn, soybeans and pumpkins.


For more information:
National Onion Association
822 7th St. #510
Greeley, CO 80631
Tel: (970) 353-5895
www.onions-usa.org

UK: Onion growers team up to increase growing and packing efficiency
Vegetable growers and suppliers Nationwide Produce and QV Foods have formed a new joint venture to grade and pack onions. Named Anglia Growing Partnership, it will take over the running of Nationwide's £2.5m facility at Long Sutton in Lincolnshire which opened last year, with both companies continuing to grow and market their own crops.

Nationwide group managing director Tim O'Malley said: "By sharing this resource we will both commit to a healthy tonnage flowing through the Long Sutton site and to work together to market the whole crop effectively and efficiently."

QV Foods head of vegetables Peter Taylor added: "Following an extended period of working together, we both see this as a sensible next step to share supply chain costs. We will also reduce investment risks whilst securing vertical integration benefits in the UK onion supply chain."

The two currently market just over 80,000 tonnes of onions a year, and grow 220ha of onions themselves.

Source: hortweek.com



Treasure Valley onion growers see the future in new grading technology
Onion growers in the Treasure Valley, which incorporates southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon, are looking to technology to help them overcome current challenges in the industry. Labor and transportation costs, among other things, are contributing to a tightening of profit margins.



Recently it was announced that two major onion companies had joined forces to form Baker & Murakami. Part of the reason for this merger was the need for modernization. The companies decided to combine their resources and invest in automation, and last year, opened their new state-of-the-art onion packing line.



An essential element of this new packing line was a brand new high-tech onion grader, supplied by Ellips USA and powered by their TrueSort grading software. "For Baker & Murakami, we supplied an 8 lane, 22 exit Elisam Gran Torino onion grader equipped with Ellips’ TrueSort grading technology," said John Albert, GM of Ellips' US operation. "In addition to the electronic grader, our solution includes in-feed conveyance (for optimal onion distribution, singulation and cup fill), return conveyance systems, quality inspection system, catwalks/handrails and all electronics & control systems."



TrueSort uses the latest technology to assess external and internal onion quality in extreme detail and subsequently performs an accepted/rejected calculation completely automatically. "Ellips’ TrueSort grading solution utilizes extremely high definition cameras that work in color and near infrared (NIR) spectrums in order to accurately assess size, color and external quality," Albert continued. "TrueSort also provides a unique internal quality solution that enables our customers to accurately detect internal rot (ring, core or neck) and other internal abnormalities."



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Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste


(left to right): Erwin Bakker, President and Founder of Ellips & Elisam, John Albert, GM of Ellips USA and Grant Kitamura of Baker & Murakami



Baker & Murakami project - planning to installation

Unsurprisingly, the work required for a project the size of Baker & Murakami's packing line took more than a year to plan. Working closely with Baker & Murakami, as well as other companies working on the project, Ellips ensured that all possible factors were considered.



"The actual installation of our equipment took approximately 4 weeks, however, the design portion of the project began more than one year earlier," Albert recalled. "This design and planning stage is critical since it will help ensure that the customer’s operating requirements and objectives will be met. Objectives and requirements associated with capacity/throughput, grading & sorting criteria, packaging, facility layout, environmental concerns & system integration must all be thoroughly considered."



"Each customer has unique requirements, objectives, constraints and opportunities all of which can affect the specific size, layout and functionality of our solution," he explained. "Therefore, all of our grading systems have similarities, however, no two systems are identical. Our customer’s facilities, volumes and grading & packing requirements can significantly alter the configuration, capacity and functionality of the solution. Additionally, we often supply turnkey solutions that would include peripheral equipment utilized for bin filling & handling, carton & bag filling and handling and palletizing."



"Grading capacity is typically dictated by the number of lanes on the grader, as well as the ability to deliver an optimal cup fill percentage," he continued. "Our distribution and singulation techniques combined with the speed of our grader enable to deliver higher volumes per hour than any of the competitors. Elisam provides onion graders that range in size from 2 to 8 lanes with the ability to run 15 to 70+ tons per hour."



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Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste




Cameron Skeen, who is the Chief Operating Officer for Baker & Murakami, said that the company was looking to optimize production rates, efficiency and product quality, adding that the new packing line has fulfilled their expectations. “During the planning stage, it was critical to work with a supplier/partner who understood our requirements and could make design and product recommendations that would help ensure we met our timelines and operating objectives," he said. "Due to upgrades and reconfiguration, the facility was not available for equipment installation until May 22nd and we needed to be live by July 25th. Even with these tight timeframes, we were able to meet our goal with the help of Ellips and our other equipment suppliers. We regularly run 70+ tons per hour which exceeded Ellips’ commitment and we believe our grading capabilities, including internal defect detection, and operating efficiency is industry leading. Even though, we experienced some of the expected growing pains associated with implementing a new packing line, we were very pleased with the performance and support delivered by the Ellips & Elisam equipment and staff.”



Brains behind the equipment

While Ellips touts the quality of their Elisam grader, they also highlight that the single most important component is the software operating it - TrueSort. The software analyzes the quality of the onions, both internally and externally, while tracking each individual onion through the system, ultimately delivering it to the proper exit based on pre-determined grade and size parameters selected by the user. For example, a smaller sized onion will make its way automatically to the appropriate bag, box or bin for that size. This extends to internal quality, where any onion that falls below quality thresholds will be sorted by the machine into the products set aside for processing, for example. This also makes quality audits much easier, as each onion can be tracked and traced through the entire process all the way to the end consumer. While competitive systems exist in the marketplace, Ellips says this system is superior due to the ease of creating grading parameters, grading accuracy, determination of internal quality across varieties and the fact that it is fully automated.



"The Ellips True Sort user interface has been designed to provide maximum control to the user," Albert pointed out. "This means that our customers can quickly and easily modify grading criteria in order to address changes in onion quality, customer types or market demands. The accuracy of our weight, size and external functionality is superior and our internal quality solution is the only system currently available that can accurately detect internal defects across yellow, red and white onion varieties."



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Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste




Automating the Treasure Valley

As mentioned at the start, labor challenges, rising costs and greater competition present many challenges for onion growers, not just in the Northwest, but across the United States. The fact that Baker & Murakami is the product of a partnership between two former rivals just goes to show that those in the industry are looking at many options for solutions. Ellips sees the future involving further cost cutting in the form of automation and improved grading. Their contributions to the Baker & Murakami project and other similar projects in the region, gives an insight in what they foresee for the onion industry, beginning in Idaho's Treasure Valley.



"Along with the new grading system at Baker & Murakami, we have also supplied similar systems to Partners Produce and Owyhee Produce during this past season," Albert explained. "Our primary goal is to make certain that our existing customers are maximizing their return on investment. We ensure they are properly supported and trained so that they can effectively use our grading and sorting technology to optimize their operational performance. If we take care of this primary goal, our secondary goal of being the leading providing of grading and sorting technology for the Treasure Valley onion industry will take care of itself."





John Albert (second from left), with some of the Baker & Murakami team



Future plans

Apart from onions, it is quite possible to use Ellips' sorting technology for other produce items as well. "Depending on size and shape, it is possible to utilize the same grader for different fruits and vegetables," Albert notes. "Even though each commodity has different software grading profiles and algorithms, they can be utilized on the same machine. For example, apples, pears, cherries, blueberries, peaches, apricots, citrus, pomegranates, kiwi and dates can all be analyzed."



Albert concluded by saying that ensuring quality outcomes is what Ellips will be focusing on in coming years. "I forecast an increased demand for 'effective' electronic grading and sorting solutions," he said. "Labor costs and availability are obvious reasons why this technology will continue to proliferate. However, the more compelling benefits may be associated with the quality and consistency of the product that can be delivered to the market. We have seen this same dynamic occur with other commodities where the customer demands the type of quality that might only be achieved through the use of electronic grading. Additionally, our internal quality solution enables our customers to salvage bad lots that previously would have been sent to a processor or diverted for very low returns."



For more information:

John Albert

Ellips USA

Tel: +1 (206) 915-4962

john.albert@ellips.com

www.ellips.com






"Guaranteed quality and big savings in labour. These are the main advantages of an optical sorting line compared to conventional sorting. The camera system faultlessly picks out the onions that don't meet the demands. The user sets the desired quality standards themselves," says Bas Ruygrok of JDC Onion Grading Solutions.






Besides the reliability the visitors also notice the simple control. To illustrate the length standard for onion tails was set. Longer than 4 cm? Straight back to the remover. With one press of a button. Even calibrating the camera and lighting system was fully automated.




The integrated sorting solutions by JDC can be rendered from 5,000 tonnes of onions per year.


















For more information:
Bas Ruygrok
JDC Onion Grading Solutions
Tel: 0223 660 666
bas@jdcgrading.com



Delayed start for Ontario onion season
The first onions of the Ontario season have just started shipping. The initial harvest is of transplant onions, while seeded onions are yet to be harvested. Growers say that both harvests have been delayed by two weeks because of the variable weather conditions in Ontario, which began in the spring.

"We typically begin harvesting transplant onions at the start of August, with seeded starting at the end of August," said Quinton Woods of Gwillimdale Farms. "However, this year we started on the transplants two weeks ago, while it will be another 7 - 10 days before we start harvesting seeded onions. Ontario experienced a cold, wet spring, then it was hot and dry for a while during summer. Now it is cool again."

Woods noted that planting was disrupted and resulted in some variability between fields. "This depended on how wet the fields were when planting and will be a big factor in the upcoming season," he said.

Quality is good
Woods added that the variability will be in the form of yield, rather than quality, saying that the condition of the onions is very good. Overall, despite the delayed harvest and potential yield challenges, growers are satisfied with the crop.

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Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
"What we are seeing is a good crop, with quality and condition remaining excellent," Woods said. Producers like Gwillimdale Farms first top the onions before digging them back into the soil to cure. They then return one week later to harvest the cured onions and send them off to the packing house.

The company primarily produces yellow cooking onions as well as some red, with options for retail and bulk packs. "Retail is our biggest avenue and so we offer 2lb and 5lb consumer packs, as well as 25lb and 50lb bulk bags," Woods shared. "Our distribution focuses mainly on eastern Canada and the Northeast United States, but we also send some onions down to Florida and the Southeast."

Plenty of supply
As it stands now, the market is well stocked with onions from various regions in North America. The Northwest season was also delayed due to weather concerns, but since the start of its season, volume has been strong. Woods noted that this is in contrast to last season. "There is plentiful supply coming out of the Northwest right now," he said. "There is no shortage out of any region which has resulted in heavy pressure on the market."

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Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
The thought is that growers wanted to take advantage of last season's good prices when the market was tight. According to Woods, more acreage was planted which has resulted in an increase in volume. But there is hope that the market will turn once the storage crop starts. "The heavy volume is mainly on new crop onions, as they need to find a home," he observed. "We hope it turns around when we get into the storage crop."

Big expansion
Gwillimdale Farms has been undertaking significant expansion projects, with the recent opening of an expanded refrigerated storage facility. Woods said the expanded storage will allow for another 7 million pounds of late season storage onions and is now operational. "We imported much of the cooling and storage equipment from France from Klim'top, and we are very excited to put product into it."

Additionally, Gwillimdale Farms is currently expanding its packaging facility, which Woods explained will triple the current capacity. "We are in the midst of a big expansion project with our new onion packing facility. It is due to open in January 2020 and will be more efficient, and have more and better equipment than our current facility."

For more information:
Quinton Woods
Gwillimdale Farms
Ph: +1 (905) 775-2889
quinton@gwillimdalefarms.com
www.gwillimdalefarms.com





Extraction solution for potato and onion packer, Awex, in Poland
Over the years, Jongejans Luchttechniek has become a household name for extraction systems in the agricultural sector. These systems are developed in the Netherlands and then installed, worldwide, at many growers and packing companies. Issues with dust and skins are then resolved.

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Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
Recently, Jongejans supplied an extraction system to the potato and onion packing plant, Awex, in Poland. Skins and dust from the onions are sucked out of the supply line as well as from the eight packing lines. This chain filtering system makes for clean onions. These can then be packed, free from dust and skins. Jongejans also found a solution for the sealing smoke that is released during the packing process.

“In recent years, we had a different system for the sealing smoke. This ran alongside the extraction system. However, so much of the vapor remained in the building that you could smell it everywhere. Jongejans has solved this problem well, in one go. They installed a separate extraction unit for the sealing smoke," says Awex's CEO, Radoslaw Tyc.

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Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
“An extraction system had to be specially designed to be able to remove all the sealing smoke from the rooms properly. From experience, we know that sealing smoke is very greasy. It sticks to everything. When it is extracted along with dust, the pipes become clogged quickly. " says Jesse Vonk from Jongejans.

"This is why had to suck the smoke out separately. We also developed a special fan for this. This fan is installed inside or outside the working area. It has a small pipe that leads outward. This fan does not get blocked like other fans would, if used for this."

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Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
All the air that is sucked out the building is then returned, filtered, to the space. It is extracted by one of the 40 carefully placed extraction points. This clean air is sanitized and returned at the same temperature. This system, therefore, also provides a climate-neutral solution, even during the winter. The system's capacity can be remotely adjusted. This means it will always meet the required need for real-time quantities of air.

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Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste
“When the system was delivered, our technical team was fully instructed by Jongejans. Now, we can make all the adjustments and changes ourselves. Jongejans in Den Helder (the Netherlands) is there as a backup," says Radoslaw.

"For us, it was a major advantage that we could keep working as normal while the system was being installed. The line did not stand still for a single day. Another advantage is that the system runs completely silently. That is no small thing if your house is right next to the plant."

For more information:
Jongejans Luchttechniek
Tel: +31 (0) 223 660 666
www.jongejansluchttechniek.nl



Growth is driven by need for automation
Packaging company breaks ground on new potato and onion facility
“Earlier this month, we broke ground on a new 90,000 square foot facility located in Pasco, WA,” says Marsha Verwiebe with Volm Companies. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, August 10 at the property site. Volm provides packaging and equipment solutions to the fresh produce industry. At the new facility mesh bags and other packaging will be manufactured for the potato and onion industries in the Northwest. In addition, it inventories onion and potato packing machinery and parts.



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Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste


Groundbreaking ceremony



Potatoes and onions

Potatoes and onions rank as the number one and two most important produce varieties for Volm. “We produce and distribute nearly any type of packaging used in the storing, packaging and shipping of fresh potatoes and onions,” shared Verwiebe. “We also offer the most complete line of scales and bagging equipment available in the market today” she added. The Pasco location serves all of the Western states, including Washington, Oregon, California and the Western Canadian provinces.



Growth driven by need for automation

In 2007, Volm acquired a packaging supply company based in Pasco. With Volm’s expertise in self manufactured packaging products, the company was able to supply both the onion and potato growers and shippers in the area with more solutions. “We differentiate ourselves as we offer both equipment and packaging solutions,” shared Verwiebe. “The need for automation in the handling, packing and shipping of fresh produce has driven our growth.”



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Onion packing processing storage sales quality reduce waste


Fully automated system that fills onion bag



Due to growth, the main facility now is too small, forcing us to house our inventory in other facilities and use modular buildings onsite to accommodate our current staff" said Daniel Mueller, President & CEO. “Our goal is to strive to be the Most Valued Partner to our customers, and this new facility will help us more efficiently meet their daily service needs from a centralized location, as well as more completely meet our customer’s increasing standards for food safety.



The new distribution facility will be located at the 5700 block of Industrial Way in Pasco, less than two miles from the existing location. Construction is expected to be completed in spring of 2017.



For more information:

Marsha Verwiebe

Volm Companies

Tel: 715.627.4826

mverwiebe@volmcompanies.com



Idaho onion producer chooses an optical grading line for new packing station
Every single day, optical sorting proves its worth for onion sorters in the US. That is why Eddie Rodriguez of Partners Produce did not hesitate before choosing an optical onion sorting machine. Starting this summer, a fully automated packing station has been running in Idaho, with a Ellips - Elisam sorting machine.

A blizzard forced Rodriguez to rebuild his onion packing station from the ground up in January 2017. The new automated line, which detects both internal and external defects, has been supplied by Wyma, Ellips - Elisam, Volm and Verbruggen, with the capacity to process 80 tons of onions per hour. The packer is delighted with the new line, being able to change settings via his iPhone or iPad.
Instead of the 50 employees needed on the previous line, there are now only 20 employees on hand, while the sorting capacity has increased enormously because the line keeps going 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Erwin Bakker of Ellips expects many other packers to switch over to optical sorters in the coming years. "This is the future of onion sorting. Retailers now know that this technology is around and they are going to require from their suppliers to have the produce checked internally. Our big advantage is that besides the completely new lines we create, our software is also suitable for existing machines. Our TrueSort software runs on every sorting machine, of every make," says Erwin.

As one of the few, Ellips uses the 'transmittance' method, whereby a complete product is scanned, not just a part of it. Aspects like rot, but also sugar content, dry matter, acidity and maturity can be accurately determined. In addition to the onions, this supplier of optical sorting technology also uses its software for apples, citrus, cherries, dates, kiwis, blueberries, pears, asparagus and potatoes.

Together with its subsidiary Elisam, Ellips recently acquired the JDC sales activities in the onion industry. Ellips has a service and sales point in Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. In the US, Ellips USA is represented both in the East and in the West. In many other countries Ellips - Elisam works with local representatives. "By working with local service teams, our customers are always assured of good support for their sorting processes, at any time and any place," concludes Erwin.