For many years, the VOEN company has been an internationally recognized supplier of protective solutions for commercial fruit growing. Since 2014, the 'protective cover' solutions of the traditional company -located in the heart of the Lake Constance area- are also equipped with modern zippers. The efficient and user-friendly procedure is rapidly gaining in importance in local as well as international fruit growing, confirms sales manager Rainer Weiß on request.
For years now, the VOEN team has been working on an alternative to the joining clip to make the opening and closing of the covers go even faster. In the end, the VOEN "Zip it" system was created. During the production of the VOEN cover fabric, a special zip is sewn directly onto the cover. film. This guarantees best quality and durability of the finished product. "Through this procedure, the fruit producer saves working time, which is a clear advantage in these times of labor shortage and minimum wages. As a result, the solution is suitable for both the large producer and the small direct marketer, with only one or two hectares," said Mr Weiß when explaining the benefits of the system.
Right: The zip fastener system is particularly suitable for regions with a low hail risk (including Holland and Australia). The covers are patented, but the zipper itself is not.
The product is still mainly used in cherry cultivation, not only in the Lake Constance area, but also in the Altes Land, where cherries are becoming an increasingly important crop, alongside apples. However, the solution is also rapidly gaining importance abroad, said Weiß. "We already have many ongoing orders in Holland as well as Central Europe, last year we also did several projects in Spain. But our solution is also gaining importance outside Europe, mainly in Australia and New Zealand, but also in the USA and South America."
Sales Manager Rainer Weiß at last year's expoSE in Karlsruhe.
No matter which fruit crop: the potential of the VOEN cover solutions is inexhaustible: Not only sweet cherries can be protected via this method, but a variety of other tree fruit crops as well, Weiß wanted to emphasize. "Of course, the focus is still on berries and stone fruit. However, trials are already being conducted with covered top fruit plants, for example in Germany, Denmark and France. It is still a marginal phenomenon, but in the course of the current spraying agent discussion it could still become an issue in a few years' time."
Visit the company at Fruit Logistica: Hall 8.1 / A-01
or at Fruchtwelt Bodensee: Hall B1 / 400