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How vegetable processors can have it all: Speed, quality, sustainability, safety and profitability

The need for speed at vegetable processing facilities can sometimes seem incompatible with their other operational and commercial objectives. Perishable produce must be sorted and packed quickly to maximize its shelf life, but the faster this is done, the less time there is for large volumes of produce to be sorted accurately for food safety and quality. And as an added complication, retailers and consumers increasingly expect food producers to adopt sustainable working practices.

Ensure Next Season’s Success with the TOMRA 5B

With this year's season well and truly over, it’s time to assess your operational performance by asking the following questions: Did you reap the full benefit of your time, effort and energy? Could you have done anything differently? Is there anything you could look at improving to elevate your process and ensure next season’s success?

Why vegetable producers should prepare for a plant-based revolution

Lewis Hamilton, Simon Cowell, Bill Clinton and half of Hollywood have recently announced their dedication to a plant-based diet. Veganism and vegetarianism are not new. What is new, is how we perceive these lifestyle choices and the sheer number of plant-based foods on offer to us. 

As the appeal of plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy continue to grow, vegetable producers are presented with a new, highly lucrative market receiving heavy investment in preparation for enormous growth. 

Why labor automation is now industry standard for vegetable producers

Only a few years ago, labor automation seemed like a futuristic nice-to-have rather than a serious necessity for food producers. Now, most vegetable producers view automation on some level as essential to the success of their business. 

Consumer trends and tastes come and go. However, there are constants in the food industry that remain the same: maximizing yield, waste reduction, production line reliability, hygiene and safety. 

Using technology to profit in the growing organic vegetable market

Demand for organic food is on the rise. In the US alone in 2017, the market was valued at $45.20billion. By 2025, it is forecast to be worth $70.4billion. This upsurge is fuelled by many aspects, including the trend towards plant-based diets and healthier living. It is also indicative of another trend: that consumers are willing to pay more to know precisely where their veggies come from. 

SUCCESS STORY: BCO, FRANCE

TOMRA’s FPS (Field Potato Sorter) has been chosen by BCO, France’s leading onion produce. 30000 tonnes of onions are processed each year by TOMRA’s FPS sorter to remove foreign material.

TRYPOL PACK TRUSTS TOMRA TO SORT ITS BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Trypol Pack is a cooperative of Belgian farmers, based in Flanders, specialising in Brussels sprouts. A production they excel in, and now the TOMRA sorting machines will help them to bring European consumers the best quality.

Partnering for growth: How an Italian salad producer has reduced risk and delivered greater value to customers

Orto Bellina is an Italian family business that provides salads to the Italian, Swedish and German markets. Started by Fulvio Bellina with his wife and sons in 2001, the company operates out of the beautiful rural setting of Gorlago in the province of Bergamo. They produce what they call “biological” salads which are not treated with chemical agents, but produced with natural inputs; both unwashed and washed, which is ready to be dressed and eaten. The company prides itself on high quality, naturally produced products and is well-known for this. As the company has grown, so have the challenges around food safety, quality, reliability and sorting.

Sentinel II at the demonstration days for optical sorting of vegetables

From July 3 to July 7, 2017, the National Technological Centre for the Food and Canning Industry in Molina de Segura (Murcia) hosted the Conference on optical sorting of whole vegetable products. During the conference, companies and engineers from the food industry were shown the workings of TOMRA Sorting Food’s Sentinel II, a high-tech solution for vegetable sorting based on colour, form and size that also eliminates foreign material, and what its advantages are.

01 August 2017

TOMRA showcases the new TOMRA 5A and TOMRA 5B at Fruit Logistica

TOMRA Sorting Food will exhibit two innovative sorting machines, the TOMRA 5A and the TOMRA 5B, at Fruit Logistica 2017, February 8-10, in Berlin.

31 January 2017