German early potatoes have been available for sale for several weeks now, and this year's harvest campaign is also getting ready for carrots and onions. For Michael Hörnschemeyer, Managing Director of M.H. Packaging and plant technology, this will traditionally be the peak season. After all, tailor-made complete solutions for the three main crops mentioned above - from materials handling to processing to fully-fledged packaging systems - have been the company's everyday business since the company was founded. "At this time, or from May to the end of July - it is a difficult phase: the cultures are getting going again. Many facilities will be overhauled shortly before the start of the new harvest."
"Packaging and plant technology for potatoes, onions and carrots is still our main focus. Nevertheless, we have been able to gradually expand our scope: for example, we currently supply several lines for lettuce processing in Switzerland. Although fruits and vegetables still account for about 80 percent of our total sales, in recent years we have also added a few by-products, such as bakery products and animal feed," explains Hörnschemeyer, talking about his company's many years of development.
Michael Hörnschemeyer is the proud founder and managing director of the company.
The experienced machine supplier currently has two orders for fully automatic carrot packaging machines "We also try to deliver optical sorting systems. We work together with several well-known partners. In my opinion, this technique has great potential for development, especially in the case of onions. This is true also for Germany, although we are not traditionally a large cultivation country. For potatoes, water treatment is becoming more and more of an issue," Hörnschemeyer says on the current developments.
Moderate returns, but high investments
The market for the three main crops is always good for a surprise, knows Hörnschemeyer after more than 30 years of experience in the industry. Hörnschemeyer: "There are always ups and downs. Yields were well below average for the last two years. However, this product failure has boosted trading prices, which is why you ultimately earned money. In addition, the requirements in the market have risen sharply. As a result, a lot is invested in technology."
View into the production hall of M.H. Packaging and Plant Technology GmbH.
Every customer - no matter if he is big or small - is just as important to the company owner. "Everyone has a right to be present on the market. We also want to be available for the smaller ones - e.g. farmers with direct marketing.. Finally, manageable projects are also beautiful projects. We have already established ourselves among the big players. "It is still important for a customer to have a contact person throughout the entire process who also reacts." Our advantage is clearly our flexibility. You will also be rewarded for this immediate service. The challenge for us as a manufacturer and supplier is to deliver the high-quality and user-friendly technology at a market-driven price."
For more information:
M.H. Verpackungs- und Anlagentechnik GmbH
GF: Michael Hörnschemeyer
Tel. 05407 – 81665-11
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