TOMRA events and presentations before and during the Congress
On Friday, 31 March, three days before the Aotea Centre opens its doors to congress delegates, TOMRA Food will welcome guests to a networking event at its premises in the Auckland suburb of Onehunga. These will include TOMRA’s New Zealand and international customers, business partners, avocado industry stakeholders, congress speakers, and New Zealand government representatives. This networking event will be hosted by TOMRA’s senior leadership team in New Zealand, with brief speeches given by Paul Slupecki, Head of TOMRA Fresh Food, and Jacinto Trigo, TOMRA’s Global Category Director for Avocados.
When the Congress opens on Sunday, 2 April, one of the first things visitors will see is TOMRA’s exhibition stand in the main foyer of the Aotea Centre. This will spotlight various post-harvest solutions for avocado packers and demonstrate the new Adaptive Rate Controller (ARC). The ARC maintains consistent fruit volume on the packing line to optimize sorter input by continuously counting fruit on a roller elevator and autonomously adjusting infeed speed. This is made possible by an infeed-mounted camera and pre-trained AI models.
Artificial Intelligence will also be showcased at the TOMRA Food Innovation Breakfast in the Aotea Centre’s Waihorotiu Room on Wednesday 4 April. The company’s Head of Innovation, James French, will give a presentation that starts by asking, “What sort of impact will Artificial Intelligence have on the food industry?” James will review how AI is already making a positive difference in day-to-day operations at food packhouses and processors before discussing how AI will become increasingly important to the food industry in the near future.
TOMRA Food’s world-class expertise will also be shared with congress delegates by the company’s Inspection Science Manager, Robert Valkenburg. With a focus on product quality, Robert will present an academic paper that compares methods for rapid non-destructive and destructive measurement of dry matter, firmness, and rot in Haas Avocados.