How automation technology is helping increase margins for value-add distributors and repackers

Posted by Matt Stillwell on Aug 30, 2017 11:29:29 AM

Produce distributors and repackers are making the move to automation technology for its many advantages that work to increase margins while maintaining produce quality. In this blog we look at why automation technology is more beneficial than traditional processes, what this means for repacker margins, and other reasons why repackers are now starting to use the same technology that was only previously seen in the packhouse. 

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Topics: Repack, Defect Sorting

Repackers are faced with changing customer demands

Posted by Matt Stillwell on Apr 3, 2017 6:20:36 AM

Fresh food 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.

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Topics: Repack, Sorting Technology

The big squeeze: opportunities and challenges facing the fresh produce industry

Posted by Matt Stillwell on Apr 3, 2017 6:19:44 AM

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.

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Topics: Repack

Repack: Technology increases efficiency, adds value to business

Posted by Matt Stillwell on May 18, 2016 11:31:29 PM

As the middle class grows both in size and wealth, they’re also far more discerning about fresh produce quality & providence - we are seeing a shift in the global supply chain, particularly in the distribution centers.

Traditionally, produce would go from a packhouse to supermarket without much flexibility around pack types. But today, flexibility and quality assurance is essential, as packs handle a wealth of different produce types and service a variety of customers. Repackers sit between the packhouse and the supermarket and add value to a product by packing in a way that appeals to retail and local consumer demographics. They also sort the produce just before it reaches the consumer, ensuring that premium produce is delivered in a premium pack. 

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Topics: Repack