How food producers are upping their game with digital data

Posted by Matt Stillwell on Nov 5, 2018 10:54:36 AM

I have just finished a 2-week trip visiting Compac and TOMRA customers in Chile and the United States. I always enjoy visiting customers – it’s a great opportunity to see our sorting technology in action and the positive impact it’s having on food producers. It’s also fascinating to see first-hand the changes between visits and the effects global food trends are having on these businesses.

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Topics: Customer Story, Data

Connect and Control with Smartline - the starting point for digitally transforming packhouses

Posted by Elliot Chisholm on Oct 31, 2018 9:31:30 AM

As the Product Manager for Peripherals I am excited to introduce Smartline™. Smartline is the operational control backbone for your packing line built on AVEVA’s SCADA. Read more about the partnership here

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Topics: Data, Automation, Digital, Smartline

Discover the digital future at PMA Fresh Summit 2018 booth 759

Posted by Elliot Chisholm on Oct 4, 2018 8:55:50 AM

At PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, 19 – 21 October, TOMRA and Compac will demonstrate how digital technologies are key to overcoming the ubiquitous food industry challenges of production and yield maximization.

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Topics: Data, Automation, Integration, Tradeshow, Digital

How simulation software can improve packhouse efficiency

Posted by Gopinath Ravi on Aug 8, 2018 8:20:45 AM

Simulators have been used in a variety of industries to help them prepare for every situation imaginable, or unimaginable for that matter. From surgical training in hospitals, to police and army academies - simulation tools are equipping professionals for everything and anything.

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Topics: Data, Sizer, Sorter

Digital standards urgently needed to modernize the food supply chain

Posted by Compac on Feb 6, 2018 11:11:00 AM

BERLIN, Germany, Feb. 8, 2018 – TOMRA Food is forming cross-industry working groups to accelerate development of digital standards for the Food industry, with the first meetings to be held in Q4, 2018.

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Topics: Press Releases, Data

What is blockchain, and what does it mean for fresh produce?

Posted by Compac on Oct 18, 2017 11:39:37 PM

In the age of big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the cloud, ways of conducting transactions in a verifiable and easy way are becoming more and more important. In 2008, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin was the first high-profile implementation of a distributed blockchain. Since then, blockchain has become a revolution in the way online transactions are carried out, and has rapidly been leveraged by other industries.

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Topics: Food Trust, Data, blockchain

Titan Farms: The recognized benchmark for quality in the peach industry

Posted by Matt Stillwell on Dec 20, 2016 8:31:17 PM


Titan Farms is the largest peach grower on the east coast of the United States, with more than 5,000 acres of peaches in production. It is a fully integrated grower, packer and shipper of its fresh produce, shipping more than 150 million peaches annually.

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Topics: Customer Story, Spectrim, Gentle Handling, Data, Sizer, Integration

Integration: the fourth industrial revolution in the fresh produce industry

Posted by Compac on Aug 29, 2016 4:10:41 AM

Packhouses are packing more produce, more efficiently, than they ever have before. These productivity gains have come about through bigger, better, and more sophisticated machines from a range of different vendors, with Compac leading the charge in sorting and inspection systems.

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Topics: Data, Integration

Spectrim the perfect combination of sophistication and simplicity for packhouses

Posted by Dave Welch on Aug 29, 2016 4:05:47 AM

It’s been almost a year since Spectrim was launched in the market and in that time we’ve seen real success from our customers who have invested in the platform.

Spectrim’s ability to “grade above the line” is where the operator and packhouse are seeing business value. What is the line? The line is the grade which the packhouse is looking to reach. This grade could be the minimum USDA standard required for packhouses, or it can be the grade their customer's demand – the standard in which their brand promises and their consumers expect.

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Topics: Spectrim, Data

Fruit packing to packed lunch: the value of data in the fresh produce industry

Posted by Compac on Jul 27, 2016 10:00:07 PM


The demand for fresh produce is ballooning worldwide. Packhouses are busier than they’ve ever been in order to meet increased demand, while continuing to offer a wide range of products of different sizes and levels of quality inside innovative packaging. Despite the increased volumes, end consumers still expect the quality of every fruit to be consistently high — and whether or not these expectations are met can make or break brands.

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Topics: Data