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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF Thorsten Hepp

"I joined the company in 2014, first in Customer Project Management for the Mining business stream and then in 2018 as the Operations Manager in the newly formed TOMRA Sorting Digital department. My office location is in Hamburg, Germany. Before TOMRA, I worked for MAN Ferrostaal in various functions to develop and execute large-scale EPC projects in the petrochemical industry, including project procurement, development, and construction site management with assignments in Texas and Trinidad & Tobago."

Vegetables – a Critical Part of the Future of Food

Today, we are delighted to give the stage to Jason Schenker, Chairman of the Futurist Institute; President of Prestige Economics and bestselling writer on many innovative topics, such as future food challenges.


The Jersey Royal Company, located in the British Crown Dependency of Jersey, is the producer of the internationally recognized Jersey Royal new potato in the Channel Islands. This business grows, washes, grades, packs, and supplies approximately 20,000 tons of potatoes every year. After a trial period the company has now committed to a full subscription service.


Cloud-based service unlocks the power of big data to monitor and optimize food sorting processes.


What is your role at TOMRA Food?

I am the People and Organisation Manager for Dublin, I also support colleagues in the UK, India and Japan. My role involves developing and implementing P&O strategies and initiatives aligned with the overall business strategy and the “One TOMRA” “One Voice” concept. On a daily basis I work with the management team on topics like performance management, training, talent development, succession planning, recruitment, onboarding and employee engagement. I am responsible for payroll for Dublin employees and I interface with finance on budgeting and planning topics. I am responsible for HR compliance and ensuring a safe environment for all. My role also involves supporting our employees on all HR requests policies, procedures and benefits.

TOMRA Food’s online demonstrations: Answering frequently asked questions

In response to travel restrictions arising from COVID-19, TOMRA Food is now offering online demonstrations of its sorting machines. This new initiative makes it possible for customers to test-run TOMRA’s machines without visiting TOMRA in person. Here we share answers to frequently asked questions about these online demonstrations.

The advantages of online machine demonstrations

This might sound surprising, but seeing a sorting machine demonstration streamed live over the internet, rather than visiting a TOMRA Test and Demonstration Center in person, has some advantages. The need to stage online demonstrations, because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, has triggered innovations by TOMRA, which customers really appreciate.

Solutions for the frozen fruit industry

Incorporating new tools and technologies has helped with tasks since the beginning of time and marks the transition from using materials to effectively utilizing resources.  

Today's world requires solutions that were nonexistent in the past, but is new tech the answer to breaking old habits, can it make work simple for employees and managers, is it consistent? 

The multiple benefits of sorting cashews with machines

Cashew processing in India is getting more challenging, especially considering manual labor and the current global environmet. Maximizing quality is especially important to maintaining India’s reputation as a premium cashew market and perhaps the best weapon to have in the battle for product quality and commercial competitiveness is optical sorting machines. Acquiring such machines is a significant financial decision, but also a wise investment that pays back with rich rewards.