Citrus challenges in California and elsewhere
In California alone, TOMRA Food typically installs up to 200 new lanes at citrus packhouses yearly. TOMRA's integrated post-harvest solutions are also widely used by citrus packhouses in Australia, South Africa, South America, and Spain. Sales are growing in developing markets such as China, North Africa, and Turkey.
Jeffries commented: "In California and across the world, our citrus customers face big challenges around water resources and labor issues, and are under pressure to deliver high quantities with high quality. TOMRA's sharp focus on citrus can help packers maximize yield, lower costs and waste streams, and profitably feed the world.
"To support our customers, we have a fantastic new purpose-built facility in Visalia, California, in the heart of the Central Valley's citrus and stone fruit area. Here we keep a huge inventory of spare parts, run equipment demonstrations, train customers to get the best from their equipment, and help keep customers' lines running day and night with our Customer Care Center and Field Service teams."
The fruit industry's most advanced sorting platform is the recently-launched TOMRA 5S Advanced. This builds on the class-leading performance of Compac's Multi Lane Sorter (TOMRA acquired Compac in 2016) but was redesigned from the ground up, with a focus on ease of cleaning and maintenance. The company's Spectrim sorter and grader is also ideally suited to citrus fruits and has long been recognized as the standard-setter in blemish-grading vision systems.