Packhouse Processing app manages your entire pack-house operations from fresh produce delivery, to post sales traceability: Packhouse inventory, packhouse quality control, packhouse sales & 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.

Packhouse Processing app manages your entire pack-house operations from fresh produce delivery, to post sales traceability: Packhouse inventory, packhouse quality control, packhouse sales & shipping

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

Quality inspection for fresh produce

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

Fresh produce logistics

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

Fresh produce labels

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

Fresh produce packing control

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

Fresh produce batch packing

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

Fresh produce alerts monitoring

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

Farm app option

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

Fresh produce supplier quality control

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

Fresh produce finance apps

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

Fresh produce RFID

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

Fresh produce API

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

Fresh produce bloch-chain

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

Improve fresh produce production planning

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

Accurate fresh produce traceability

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

Efficient use of fresh produce cold stores

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

Packhouse Processing app manages your entire pack-house operations from fresh produce delivery, to post sales traceability: Packhouse inventory, pack-house quality control, pack-house sales & shipping

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

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.
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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.


Packhouse processing software for easy management of fruit and vegetable processing and packing. For medium to large packers, importers, exporters of fresh produce.



nsuring 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.

Farmsoft packhouse processing software manages all facets of the fresh produce process from incoming produce, to processing, sorting, grading, packing and even value adding. The functionality of farmsoft packhouse processing software is rounded off with comprehensive quality control, sales, dispatch, and invoicing functionality.

Farmsoft packhouse processing software provides comprehensive labeling, inventory management, pallet management, pallet control, audit functionality, quality control and other fresh produce tools to make every day business management easier.

Farmsoft packhouse processing software supercharges packhouse performance and reduces compliance costs.
Packhouse processing software
The farmsoft packhouse processing software consolidates the entire fresh produce packing and processing enterprise into one easy to manage solution. Managers can monitor the progress of orders, their fulfillment, & create work orders to deliver specific specific quality and specifications of produce for specific customer orders.

Packhouse supervisors and admin have all the documentation presented to them automatically when orders are ready to be shipped – ensuring that no one can ever forget to include a document with a shipment again.

Easily ensure standards are maintained with Quality control that standardizes quality tests, ensuring consistent and accurate classification of fresh produce, reducing incorrect categorization and presenting the opportunity to improve fresh produce handling processes. Pack shed / packhouse / factory managers can direct, order, and monitor work progress in real time, over multiple packhouses or sites if necessary.

‍About our packhouses
Our Packhouses are designed and engineered tailored to the type of fruit & vegetable and their specific protocols on cold chain and extended shelf life with the best quality possible.

Packinghouse operations can be as simple as moving produce from a field lug into a shipping container, or may include a variety of handling practices, from cleaning, waxing, sizing, and quality grading to color sorting. The provision of shade during the packing operations is extremely important. Shade can be created using palm leaf fronds, a plastic mesh or canvas sheet hung from temporary poles, or via a permanent roofed structure. When deciding upon where to locate a packinghouse, access to the field and market point, adequate space for vehicles to enter and leave the packinghouse and ease of access to labor will all be considerations (Proctor, 1985).

In the simplest packinghouse, produce is delivered in picking containers, immediately after harvest, directly to the packers. The packers then sort, grade, size and pack the produce directly into appropriate transport containers. In this case, each worker must be knowledgeable regarding produce defects, grade and size requirements, and packing methods.

As the size and complexity of the packinghouse increases, more operations and workers trained in specific tasks might be added.



Dumping

Produce must somehow be removed from the field bin or harvesting container and moved through the packinghouse. This first step is known as ''dumping". Dumping must be done gently, whether using water assisted methods or dry dumping. Wet dumping can decrease bruising and abrasions by using moving, chlorinated (100-150 ppm) water to carry delicate produce. When using dry dumping, padded, sloped ramps or moving conveyor belts can decrease injuries to produce.



Pre-sorting

Pre-sorting produce is usually done to eliminate injured, decayed, or otherwise defective produce (culls) before cooling or additional handling. Pre-sorting will save energy in that culls will not be handled. Removing decaying produce items will limit the spread of infection to other units, especially if postharvest pesticides are not being used.



Cleaning

For some commodities, such as kiwifruits and avocadoes, dry brushing may be sufficient to clean the produce. Other commodities, however, such as bananas and carrots, require washing. The choice of brushing and/or washing will depend upon both the type of commodity and the type of contamination.

Wash before cooling and packing : tomatoes, cucumbers, leafy greens

Wash to remove latex, reduce staining: mangoes, bananas

Wash after storage : sweetpotatoes, potatoes, carrots

Dry brush after curing or storage: onions, garlic, kiwifruit

Do Not Wash : green beans, melons, cabbage, okra, peas, peppers, summer squash

Sanitation is essential, both to control the spread of disease from one item to another, and to limit spore buildup in wash water or in the packinghouse air. Chlorine treatments (100 to 150 ppm Cl) can be used in wash water to help control pathogen buildup during packing operations ( Moline , 1984). There is some variation in the strength of bleach available commercially in different countries, but a rule of thumb is to use 1 to 2 mls of chlorine bleach per liter (1 to 2 ounces of chlorine bleach per 8 gallons of clean water). Walls, floors and packing equipment can also be cleaned using quaternary ammonium compounds labeled as safe for food processing equipment (Kupferman, 1990).



Waxing

Waxing of immature fruit vegetables such as cucumbers and summer squash; mature fruit vegetables such as eggplant, peppers and tomatoes; and fruits such as apples and peaches is common. Food grade waxes are used to replace some of the natural waxes removed in washing and cleaning operations, and can help reduce water loss during handling and marketing. If produce is waxed, the wax coating must be allowed to dry thoroughly before further handling.



Sizing

Sizing produce is optional but may be worthwhile if certain size grades receive a higher price than others. In most low-input packinghouses, manual sizing is still commonly practiced. Operators should be trained in selecting the size desired and to either directly pack the items into containers or place the selected produce gently into a bin for packing further down the line. Sizing can be done subjectively (visually) with the use of standard size gauges. Examples of the smallest and largest acceptable sizes for each product can be placed within view of the operator for easy reference. Hand held sizers are used for a variety of products.

Many products have established U.S. grades and standards that can assist packers in sorting and sizing produce. The following are examples of standards based upon diameter and/or length.

Examples of USDA Grade Standards:



Rhubarb Grades Diameter Length
U.S. Fancy > 1 inch > 10 inches
U.S. No.1 > 3/4 inch > 10 inches
U.S. No.2 > 1/2 inch
> 10 inches




Garlic size designations Diameter in inches
#11 Super-Colossal 2 15/16 and up
#10 Colossal 2 11/16 – 2 15/16
#9 Super-Jumbo 2 7/16 – 2 11/16
#8 Extra-Jumbo 2 3/16 – 2 7/16
#7 Jumbo 1 15/16 – 2 3/16
#6 Giant 1 13/16 – 1 15/16
#5 Tube 1 11/16 – 1 12/16
#4 Medium Tube 1 9/16 – 1 11/16


Several types of mechanical sizers are available for small scale operations. One type is composed of a long slanted tray with a series of openings which converge (largest at the top, smallest at the bottom). This type of sizer works best with round commodities. Other sizers are designed as conveyors fitted with chain or plastic belts with various sized openings, and are useful for sizing most commodities. Another simple method for mechanical sizing is to use a set of diverging bar rollers (see illustration below), where the smallest sized produce falls through the rollers first to a sorting belt or bin, and larger sized produce falls between successively more divergent rollers.

Diverging bar rollers sizer:







Narrow pallet system
The University of Wisconsin is promoting this handling system for produce because it saves time, money and is safer for handlers. With a hand pallet truck you can move up to 16 cartons at a time. This system can cut your time spent moving boxes and will dramatically reduce the stress on your body.

A hand pallet truck is similar to a regular hand truck (dolly) except that the base uses pivoting forks instead of a fixed plate metal shoe. If you stack your load on a small plastic pallet (14 x 24 inches), you can position the forks underneath and move an entire stack of cartons at once. A hand pallet truck can be tilted (by releasing the forks) for loading and unloading and locked into an upright position to tip back and roll the load.

According to the UWisconsin project, custom-made hand pallet truck and pallet costs approximately $750. At $7.00 per hour, you'd need to save 107 hours for the system to pay for itself. If you saved 30 minutes per weekday (10 hours per month), the system would pay for itself in less than 11 months. The pallet truck system also saves money in reduced back pain and therefore fewer visits to the doctor, chiropractor or a massage therapist. If you saved yourself 15 visits (at $50/visit), the system would pay for itself.



Source: University of Wisconsin Healthy Farmers, Healthy Profits Project, December, 2000; Work Efficiency Tip Sheet: Narrow Pallet System Second Edition.

Custom hand trucks available from: Valley Craft, 2001 South Highway 61, Lake City , MN 55041 . (800) 328-1480. carts@valleycraft.com





General operations
The typical series of operations in a packinghouse are illustrated below. Dumping can be done using either dry or water-assisted methods, depending upon the sort of produce being handled. Cleaning, as well, can be by washing with chlorinated water or dry brushing alone. Waxing, if practiced, occurs after washing and removal of surface moisture. Grading, as illustrated, separates the product into processing and fresh market categories. Sizing further separates the product, with the smallest size going to the local market or to processing. Typically, the best quality produce is packaged and marketed at the regional or national level.



FAO. 1986. Improvement of Post-Harvest Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Handling - A Manual. Bangkok : UNFAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.





Packinghouse Layout
Packing operations that are done in an unsystematic manner can cause delays, add costs or effect produce quality. You can save time and money by laying out the packing shed in an organized, step-by-step system.





Source: Meyer et al. 1999. Work Efficiency Tip Sheet: Packing shed layout. Healthy Farmers, Healthy Profits Project, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin, 460 Henry Mall, Madison, WI 53706.





Dumping
Any time produce is dumped from one container into another, care should be taken to reduce mechanical damage to the commodity. When dumping produce from field bins or from transport vehicles into the packinghouse, dry or wet dumping can be practiced. When using dry dumping practices, the field container should be emptied slowly and gently onto a tilted ramp with padded edges. In the illustration below, a conveyor belt then carries the dry dumped produce into the packinghouse.

Dry dumping



Wet dumping is sometimes used to reduce mechanical damage, either by dumping into water rather than onto a dry ramp, or by immersion and floatation. If the specific density of the produce, such as apples, is lower than that of water the produce will float. For some produce, such as pears, salts (such as sodium lignin sulfonate, sodium silicate or sodium sulfate) must be added to the water to increase its specific density and assure fruit floatation.

The canvas curtain illustrated below is used to break the fall of fruit moving from a conveyor into a bulk bin.


Source: USDA. No date. Modernising Handling Systems for Florida Citrus from Picking to Packing Line Agricultural Research Service, USDA Marketing Report No. 914.





Conveyor equipment
To reduce bruising:

use foam-padded ramps
slow produce speed on ramps by installing retarding flaps, curtains, blankets or drapes
use a flexible drape to slow fruit as it falls from a higher conveyor belt to a lower one (use a lightweight drape for short transition, heavier drape for higher transition)
belting to prevent produce from falling directly onto roller sizers
remove support pan from under belt in an area where fruit lands on a new belt.

Get best-in-class efficient on-farm cooling and precooling, with enhanced production capacity for fresh fruit and vegetables, all-in-one solution in a modular packhouse design.

InspiraFarms packhouses integrate cold rooms with handling and processing space, as well as hygiene and administrative areas. Each packhouse is delivered with a specific cold room and precooling configuration around temperature, pressure, relative humidity and airflow with a focus in reducing shrinkage, extending shelf-life, and ensuring maximum capture of the harvest quality.

For clients who require space for aggregation, processing and packing, we offer custom-made distribution of work spaces by ensuring designs that follow best-in-class workflows and compliance with international food safety standards.

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Key Features
The packhouse has panels made of high density PUR (Polyurethane) to maximize the thermal insulation and grant our clients lower energy bills.
Easy compliance with international food safety standards such as BRC, ISO22000, Global GAP and others.
Option of having one or multiple internal precoolers and finished product cold storage with cooling machinery designed with the most modern and low emission refrigerant gases available.
We can offer cooling machinery based on your needs and budget such as direct expansion, blast-chillers and chiller-based cooling solutions.
Flexible designs for integrating areas for reception, holding, processing, hygiene room, packing material room, offices, Q&A and more.
Dimensions range from 100 m² to 2,000m² or more.
They can be powered by grid connected and hybrid solar solutions.
They come with a cloud-based system to monitor your operations.
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Benefits of our packhouses
Easy compliance with export protocols and food safety certifications
We offer custom cold chain management according to specific crop types, and the distribution of working and processing spaces that ensure best-in-class workflows compliant with international food safety standards. This allows our clients to not only reach export quality but also perform safe value-addition of their fruit and vegetable.
Reduced losses and rejections
Our packhouses integrate on-farm cold chain solutions designed under specific crop by crop protocols and working spaces for processing and adding value that follows international food safety standards. We assure our clients optimal results in reducing losses and rejections through prompt on-farm extraction of field heat by getting the cold chain to start at the farm. Adding value to the fresh produce at the farm, (grading, cleaning, cutting and packing) also assures better results on reducing the risk of losses and rejections. Most of our clients report losses and rejections of less than 3% of the agreed net weight at destination.
Value-addition & increased revenues
With our cold rooms and precoolers, we generate back on-farm revenues and reduced risk – reducing fruit and vegetable supply chain risks is about efficient and quick precooling. Cold chain management for fruit and management is essential to reduce claim risks and increase farm revenues and off takers satisfaction. At InspiraFarms, we have studied, developed and tested solutions for the key export crops from Africa and incorporated that experience in our solutions.
One stop solution
Our clients can easily access and deploy fully integrated packhouses with seamlessly integrated areas with prefabricated and modular components. Where we had a large number of contractors and technicians that the client had to manage, we now offer a one-stop-shop for modular steel structures (cold rooms, packing floor, dry storage, dispatch areas, loading bays, hygiene and administrative areas and more), cooling machinery, blast chillers, remote monitoring, electric and lighting solutions, and energy control.
Types of Pack houses
We manage two ranges of packhouses: FLEXI and K-Plant

Flexi range packhouse
This range of packhouses can be outdoor or indoor to better fit our customers’ needs.

The structure is modular in 5 x 5 meters modules built with laser cut steel and are hot-dip galvanized after welding to guarantee maximum durability in harsh environments.

Walls and ceilings are made of high density closed cells PUR cold room sandwich panels so that the cold room can grow with our customers.

The FLEXI range packhouses are completely self-standing and can grow in modules of 25m², with dimensions that can range from 25 to 1,000+ m², available in 3 meters height.

It is equipped with corrugated steel roofs and gutters that allow ventilation and allow for the assembly of PV panels for solar hybrid cold rooms.


Features

The FLEXI range of packhouses can be matched with a variety of accessories such as sliding, roll-up and hinged cold room doors, bollards and railing. It can also be served by a wide range of cooling machines and sensors.
The facilities are lightweight, expandable and shipped as turn-key solutions ready to be installed only requiring concrete flooring.
They guarantee seamless integration with cold rooms and precoolers, packing floors, hygiene areas, packing material rooms, fresh produce QA labs and any other area required in post-harvest of fruit and vegetables.
Once installed, the FLEXI range packhouses are ready to be operational and be compliant with food safety certifications.
K-Plant packhouse
This range of packhouses aims at serving larger operations and starts at 500+ m² modules.

The structures are modular in 6 x 18 or 6 x 24 meters modules built with H-shaped structural steel, and 18 or 24 meters span.

Packhouse dimensions range from 576 to 2,000+m², 5 meters usable height, 7 meters total height.

Walls and ceilings are made of high density closed cells PUR sandwich panels.

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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.

Packhouse Processing
Packhouse Processing
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.

To ensure a continuous process in order to guarantee product integrity and quality as well as health safety when they are packaged for sale, Maf Roda Agrobotic has designed the Line Pack, an automated robot packing machine. The pre-sized products are automatically packed in the trays to make 1-layer and 2-layer boxes as well as bushels.
Thanks to the orienters, the optical system positions the apples along the stem axis, the best color on top, in order to compose the most uniform trays possible.

Packhouse Processing
Packhouse Processing
Filling of the cells or trays is operated continuously by several robot heads in series, with gentle and controlled picking and placement of the products.

The automated robot packing Line Pack is the efficient and reliable answer to market demand and changes, with operations allowing to avoid any contact between the operator and the product. It allows capacities of up to 320 fruits per minute to be reached, i.e. up to more than 3.5 T / h on a configuration with 10 robots (5 on each side of the grader). And to guarantee at 100% the quality of the apples being packed, all fruit are analysed by the GlobalScan 7 electronic grading system, at the cutting edge of technology, to select only those products with no external defects. This analysis can be optimized with the added use of the internal quality control system IDD4, which will eliminate products with internal defects such as internal browning or water core.

Packhouse Processing
Packhouse Processing
In addition, its supervision is eased by a user-friendly and interactive Human-Machine Interface which makes it possible to easily manage the different packaging formats used in the packhouse.

Currently 4 apple packing lines equipped with the Line Pack have already been installed and are operational in France and abroad.
And new developments are nowadays underway to provide an adapted solution of the Line Pack for automatic packing of peaches and nectarines.

For more information:
Maf Roda
Tel: +33 (0)5 63 63 27 70
Email: maf@maf-france.com
www.maf-roda.com





Smallholder Fresh Fruit Bunch Traceability
Packhouse Processing
Packhouse Processing


The main thing is to have a system that is consistent and functional in case of a recall. New rules from FDA require that records be available within 24 hours. However, it's in everyone's interest to expedite tracking - for a lot of reasons that include public health, eliminating unnecessary removal of product and minimizing bad publicity.

The technology in question has existed for well over a decade; it scored its patent back in 1997 A University of Florida scientist named Greg Douillard invented a machine that etches” labels on the outermost surface of the fruit, using carbon dioxide to remove pigmentation. It's harmless and low-impact, and the New York Times trumpeted in 2005 Tattooed Fruit Is on Its Way”

If a produce item is suspected of being contaminated, the supplier recalls the product. Although most recalls are voluntary, others are required by government agencies such as the FDA. At the same time as the recall, suppliers generally implement corrective actions to protect consumers from potentially adverse effects of the product.

Fruit growers that want to be in compliance with the FSMA once it is fully enacted must be able to demonstrate that they are implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) to prevent or mitigate identified food safety risks, and to be able to rapidly identify and isolate any source of the contamination. Growers will need to implement a traceability system that is consistent, speedy, and covers the entire production chain.















Mahindra inaugurates grape packhouse facility in Nashik
Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd., a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, part of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group, today inaugurated its grape packhouse facility in Nashik. The facility was inaugurated by Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

The grape packhouse facility is one of its kind in India and features the latest technologies that are available in post-harvest management of grapes. The grape packhouse facility will be instrumental in maintaining the freshness of the grapes, through an effective cold chain, from its arrival into the facility till it reaches customers in overseas markets.

According to Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., “The inauguration of this modern Packhouse is another significant step for our Agri Business. This facility is a testament to the ‘Make in India’ initiative and will further the cause of Delivering FarmTech Prosperity by helping Indian growers meet stringent global quality standards.”

Packhouse Processing
Packhouse Processing
Speaking at the inauguration of the new facility in Nashik, Ashok Sharma, MD & CEO, Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd., said, “We are delighted to bring this state-of-the-art packhouse for all the stakeholders in the grape value chain. This model facility will go a long way in building the confidence of international customers. With avant-garde refrigeration, processing and packing technology, this packhouse will enable us to ensure the highest quality supplies as per global standards.”

The Grape Packhouse facility can pack 90 tons of grapes per day and has been certified by international bodies such as BRC (British Retail Consortium), Fairtrade, SMETA (SEDEX), and the RFA (Rainforest Alliance) besides domestic certification by FSSAI and APEDA. The facility is housed within 6.5 acres of land with a total build up area of 75,000 sq ft. It has twelve pre-cooling chambers and 280 MT of cold storage capacity.

Sustainability is at the very core of this Mahindra grape packhouse facility. Energy efficient LED lights have been installed at all places and there is also a provision for captive solar power generation. A rain water harvesting system has been installed to collect and store upto 7 million litres of water. Amongst other sustainable solutions, there is an in-house sewage treatment plant which provides usable non-potable water for myriad purposes including gardening.

For more information:
Mohan Nair
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
Tel: + 91 22 28468510
www.mahindra.com







New packing facility for ANB Investments
The Arisa Packhouse, located on the N2 at Buffeljags near Swellendam in the Southern Cape, has undergone a change in ownership. ANB Investments – a group with holdings in several South African agricultural companies – has recently acquired a 51 % stake in the Packhouse and it is planned that the facility will undergo refurbishment and technological upgrades. ANB Investments, also owns the global ClemenGold mandarin and LemonGold seedless lemon brands, and with the acquisition of the Arisa Packhouse, the company has increased its fruit packing capacity.

“Arisa Packhouse which is located centrally between the Western and Southern Cape Indigo Fruit Farming operations (the fruit producing arm of ANB Investments), will augment the capacity of the other two packhouses located in the region,” says Kabous Vryenhoek, General Manager. “With the increase in plantings of citrus in the area, combined with Indigo farms’ own citrus plantings in the Western Cape, there was a need to secure additional specialized packing capacity,” he adds. The Packhouse will in future be able to handle additional products including soft citrus and lemons, whereas in the past the 9,500 m2 facility largely focused on packaging persimmons, avos and plums from the surrounding farming communities. This ability to pack these various fruit types makes the packhouse unique and packing will take place over almost a 11-month period. More permanent jobs are therefore created.

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Packhouse Processing
ANB Investments acquired 51% of equity in Arisa Packhouse from KAV YAM, an Israeli investor, with the IDC (Industrial Development Corporation of SA) retaining the remainder of its shareholding in the Packhouse. The IDC’s Head of Agro-processing and Agriculture, Manoj Seonath, commented: “We are pleased to welcome ANB Investments as the new shareholder in this venture. We are certain that their experience and understanding of the agricultural dynamics of this region will be invaluable going forward.”

While the majority of the Group’s farming and packing operations are spread across South Africa, including in Mpumalanga and Limpopo, ANB Investments has been expanding its citrus production footprint to include the Western and Southern Cape. These regions offer an ideal climate for the production of especially soft citrus and lemons. The Western and Southern Cape areas are Black spot free and allow for entry into more diverse markets. The lateness of fruit from this area also effectively extends the company’s supply season by several weeks.





New equity deal promises greater pack-house efficiency and automation
Two leading innovators are coming together to deliver a formidable range of automation services to post-harvest operators across Australasia who want to enhance efficiency, meet compliance needs and overcome labour shortages.

Following recent collaboration on a number of projects, Jenkins Group today announced they are taking a 50 per cent equity stake in CR Automation (CRA), an award-winning automation and control systems manufacturer based in Hawke’s Bay.

Packhouse Processing
Packhouse Processing
Jenkins Group is a key industry player throughout Australasia’s horticulture post-harvest industry with subsidiaries in New Zealand and Australia (Tauranga-based Jenkins Freshpac Systems Ltd and NSW-based J-Tech Systems PTY). The group provides an extensive range of labelling, packaging and handling systems to the fruit and vegetable industry across both countries.

Managing Director of Jenkins Group, Tony Sayle, says the combination of skills, products and services that the two organisations will now provide will be game-changing for the horticultural industry.

“The Internet of Things (IoT) and automation are clear requirements for our horticulture sector to excel and thrive in a global economy and soar through its ambitious target of being a $10 billion industry by 2020,” Sayle says.

“Jenkins Group Ltd has a long history of innovation and we have decided to invest in CRA to bring together our existing pack-line automation solutions with the cutting-edge integration and line management capability that CRA are renowned for delivering across Australasia and around the world.

“This new partnership will provide industry-leading produce handling capability to a post-harvest industry screaming out for efficiencies and solutions to its labour supply woes and escalating compliance needs.”

Sayle says product security, authenticity and traceability are becoming vital elements of the supply chain and Jenkins Group recognise the need to supply an increasing range of automation solutions to meet the changing demands of its clients.

“CR Automation are a world class developer and provider of automation and control systems. We’re impressed by their engineering capacity, and our horticultural clients will certainly benefit from their services and products. Together we intend to lead the field across post-harvest produce handling, FMCG production automation and municipal asset monitoring.”

CR Automation’s services encompass the food and beverage industry, water and wastewater, materials handling, cool storage, meat and wool processing and general manufacturing. Their capabilities range from machine safety through to electrical and software engineering, industrial IT, robotics and project management. Earlier this year they won the “Most Innovative Solution” award for ABB robotics at the ASIA Value Provider Conference 2019.

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Packhouse Processing
CR Automation Managing Director Peter Richards says the 18 year-old tech company has experienced exponential growth over the past three years and was looking for an equity partner who could help sustain that growth and ensure longevity.

“We wanted a partner founded on similar ideals who could also provide market access beyond our existing client base,” Richards explains. “Jenkins Group are a family-owned company with 136 years of success behind them. They are very client-focused and trade with a high level of integrity.

“Jenkins are across the industry challenges and want to provide solutions by extending their service offering so CR Automation will be delighted to help them do just that. We’re excited about what the future holds as the potential of both companies is realised through this new equity partnership.”