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Huntapac Produce

Europe’s largest carrot farmer turns to automated processing

Preston-based Huntapac Produce has been laying the groundwork to boost its automation packing efficiency, as it harvests root crops from 4,000 acres a year. The majority of these are carrots. The company has looked at a customized Brillopak vegetable case loading system. Family-run carrot farmer Huntapac Produce regards itself as a pioneer as Will Hunter is leading a new mission to introduce the best quality control, process and packaging technology to boost productivity, with the fastest ROI. That is why a mechanical case loading system designed by Brillopak was delivered.

With an estimated ROI of 2.5-years, Huntapac tasked Brillopak to engineer an affordable, compact bespoke tray packing system to accumulate and present carrot packs into neat layer formations in retail-ready crates.

Will Hunter told “There’s an accepted truth within the farming community that automation can address labour shortages and improve how packs are presented into retail trays. Despite this, it can be hard for many to justify a seven-year ROI on traditional pick and place robots.”

Having spent several decades working with industry leaders and fresh produce customers to successfully overcome packing automation and quality control issues of this nature, Brillopak was the right firm for the job.

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