On the 23rd of March, Prime Minister Bill English officially opened EastPack’s new ‘super grader’ in Te Puke, New Zealand ahead of the start of this year’s kiwifruit harvest. The Washer Road site now has the largest automated kiwifruit grading and sorting line in the world, with 14 lanes and the ability to pack 100,000 trays per shift. This provides EastPack with capacity to pack more than 40 million trays of fruit across the business.
The fresh produce industry is facing challenges that only technology can help resolve. In an age where we’re all technology adopters, we barely bat an eyelid at the incredible technological achievements humans are making globally. But when we stop to take a look, we’re making huge advancements in all areas and the fresh produce industry is certainly no exception.
Compac and TOMRA will be exhibiting at Hort Connections 2017 on 15 - 17 May, at the Adelaide Convention Centre. This show is exciting as it’s the first of two great things - it’s the first time PMA and AUSVEG have united to deliver a joint industry conference and trade show, and it’s also the first time Compac and Tomra have shared a booth in Australia.
Fresh produce contributes a healthy 30-60 percent of total grocery spending. It boosts foot traffic, drives strong brand equity and is a key differentiator for retailers competing in both physical and digital marketplaces.
Your business thrives on the fast turnaround of complex and rapidly changing orders for a huge variety of customers, produce types and packaging requirements.
There’s never been a more exciting time to be a Repacker.
You’re already operating a large Repack business that is taking advantage of new growth opportunities created by more sophisticated consumers, new technologies and converging supply chains.
But you know that to survive, thrive and get ahead of competitors, you’ll need to transform your business to become more agile, profitable and responsive.
Businesses across the globe are focusing on sustainable practices as a cornerstone for future growth. Building efficiency, minimizing waste and maximizing resources are time-tested business methodologies which are taking on new meaning as the state of our planet’s health becomes clearer.
When your company exhibits at a tradeshow it’s an investment both financially and of valuable resources. To ensure you get the most from this investment it pays to do your research and fully utilize the opportunity.
Zespri has taken our humble kiwifruit to new levels. Within 20 years they have grown to become a global fruit marketing powerhouse, competing in the leagues of established brands like Dole, Chiquita and Sunkist and is now, impressively, the number one fruit brand in Spain.