"We had Fuji Flowpackers", says René. "In March, four more were added. This year, Harvest House amalgamated the packaging of two large bell pepper packing stations into one location. This decision was made by the Harvest House growers. Now, Rainbow Kleinpak is one of the largest bell pepper packers in the Netherlands. The larger the quantities, the better and more effectively we can organise the packing."
The focus on efficacy and quality was the reason behind choosing the Fuji Flowpackers. In week 13, Dijkstra Vereenigde delivered and installed the four new machines. "The Fuji Flowpacker is the Rolls Royce of flowpackers. Easy to maintain, very reliable, and user-friendly. These are important features for me", says René, who has more than 25 years of bell pepper packing experience under the belt. "I worked with various kinds of machines at different companies. Here, at Rainbow Kleinpak, I saw the first Fuji Flowpacker being installed. This was about eight years ago. Through the years, we have replaced all the other brands. Every time with a Fuji. We now have eleven of them running. This includes a back-seal flowpacker for the pointed peppers."
Packing bell peppers
The Fuji Flow packer CX was installed at Rainbow Kleinpak. This is a successor of the Alpha 6. There is also an extended Alpha 8 in Dijkstra Vereenigde's range. It, however, has too many bells and whistles. There are too many varied packaging requirements in the fresh fruit and vegetable sector. The CX is used more often in this sector. It is used for, among other things, packaging bell peppers and tomatoes. It is also used for soft fruit and tray packaging. Since the machine is easy to adjust, its popularity is steadily growing. There is increased attention to minimising waste and improving the sustainability of machines. This means this machine's popularity will continue to grow.
A Rolls Royce does not sound like a cheap option. René confirms this. "We certainly looked at this. For us, the question was mainly that of return on investment. How will such a machine ultimately perform? We expanded considerably this year. This means an increased number of operating hours per machine. From this season, we are running ten machines, seven days a week, 20 hours a day. Reliability must be high. We will gladly invest in this. In my opinion, the Fuji Flowpackers are good value-for-money."