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New high performance filling system heralds a step change for global fresh produce sector

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in news | Comments Off on New high performance filling system heralds a step change for global fresh produce sector

New high performance filling system heralds a step change for global fresh produce sector

BBC Technologies will this week be displaying the world’s fastest fresh produce filling machine at an influential United States fruit and vegetable conference and trade show.

The New Zealand based fresh produce sorting solutions specialist is unveiling its brand new CURO-16 Filling System which has been proven to consistently pack up to 240 clamshells per minute—significantly more than competitor products which claim packing rates of up to 180 per minute. The CURO- 16 will be showcased for the first time at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, which brings together growers, vendors and suppliers in a four day event ( 8 – 11 January) held annually in Savannah, Georgia.

BBC Technologies has a strong focus on research and development and has long been recognised for pioneering a wide range of fresh produce sorting and packing advances.

“Clients have been consistently asking for a faster filling system that retains all the advantages of our existing equipment whilst taking speed to the next level – and we’ve responded with the development of the CURO-16. However speed is just one of the many reasons why this machine will redefine today’s market,” said Jason Walker, International Sales and Marketing Manager, for BBC Technologies.
Walker says key advantages of the new 16 head fill-by-weight machine are speed, accuracy, gentle handling and a simple and intuitive user interface.

“Our comprehensive testing programme has shown that the machine performs at a consistently higher level than anything else in the marketplace. We’ve also been able to significantly reduce the drop from the conveyor belt to the hopper, ensuring produce does not get damaged during sorting and packing.”

BBC Technologies New Zealand based Sales Engineer Troy Cleaver says the machine has all the flexibility of BBC Technologies existing 10-head Fill-by-Weight technology but it’s even more efficient at switching between different sized packing options and is also simpler to operate.

“We looked at all aspects of our equipment and have incorporated every recent technology advance in the CURO-16, thereby ensuring precision control at each stage of the filling process.”
BBC Technologies is the world’s leading supplier of blueberry sorting and packing machinery and has expanding markets for its high quality equipment to sort and pack cherries, small tomatoes, dates, cranberries, and other delicate products such as olives and mushrooms.

It provides complete solutions that cater for fresh produce from the moment it enters the packing shed to when it leaves, ready for sale.

The CURO-16 Filling System, which has been in development for more than 12 months, will join BBC Technologies’ suite of advanced turnkey technology for the fresh produce sector. This includes its MIRA- 360 machine which sorts for colour and identifies and removes defects including cracks and splits, soft rot, wrinkles and bruises and insect damage.

Another example is the 2014 Soft Sorter Dura Touch Compact which removes over 80 percent of soft or damaged fruit while ensuring all product is handled gently.

Walker expects keen interest in the CURO-16 at the Savannah show.

“Anyone who has an expanding packing business will be interested in our new offering. For larger operators, the beauty of this innovation is that they can buy one machine, rather than having to purchase two smaller ones, and pack just as much, if not more.”

Chip Manuel, BBC Technologies North American East Coast Sales Manager says the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference is an ideal event for launching the new equipment.

“This is a really important event for the global fresh produce sector—it’s the first big show of the year for the crucial east coast region of America and it attracts plenty of international interest. The United States is a vitally important market for BBC Technologies and we are excited to be launching this product in a region where we have many valued customers.”

BBC Technologies CEO Geoff Furniss says buyers of the new CURO-16 will enjoy BBC Technologies’ superior service and the company’s track record for working closely with customers and continually evolving and adapting its offering to suit their individual needs.

“Keeping ahead of the industry by being regularly first to market with innovations that anticipate what customers want, is a cornerstone of our business. It is a significant milestone for BBC Technologies to be launching another far-reaching technology advance which will help our customers achieve their goals.”

The CURO-16, and BBC Technologies’ other advanced turnkey technology, will be on display at Booth 250 at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference.

BBC leaps onto elite list of Kiwi tech sector companies

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in news | Comments Off on BBC leaps onto elite list of Kiwi tech sector companies

BBC leaps onto elite list of Kiwi tech sector companies

The strong growth being experienced by BBC Technologies is reflected in the company being listed on the annual Technology Investment Network TIN100 report for the first time.

BBC is ranked 72 on the 2014 TIN100, which was announced in late October, a result which CEO Geoff Furniss describes as “outstanding and affirming”.

Now in its tenth year, the TIN100 Report provides an annual analysis of New Zealand’s largest globally-focussed companies in the hi-tech manufacturing, biotech and ICT sectors.

Furniss says BBC has performed strongly in the last year, with a move into new offices next to Hamilton airport and an image rebranding being two key initiatives underpinning the company’s success.

“Moving into our new head office has enabled us to expand production while also delivering operational efficiencies,” says Furniss.

The image rebrand reflects the companies goals of commit, cooperate and communicate, Furniss says, and its determination to provide certainty to customers.

“In a highly competitive industry, offering certainty is all important. Our investment over the years in research and development has delivered a suite of turnkey products that are high quality and reliable and we back that by letting our customers know that if they have an issue, all they have to do is pick up the phone to our support team.”

BBC currently employs 117 staff and sells its advanced produce sorting technology and custom solutions in 25 countries.

BBC Technologies joins Asia Fruit Logistica

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in news | Comments Off on BBC Technologies joins Asia Fruit Logistica

BBC Technologies joins Asia Fruit Logistica

New Zealand company BBC Technologies will be consolidating business operations in Asia this week as the company matches its world-leading capability in solutions for the horticulture industry with spiralling demand in the fast growing region.

BBC, the world’s leading supplier of blueberry sorting and packing machinery, is demonstrating its commitment to the Asian region by, for the first time, joining the New Zealand country pavilion at Asia Fruit Logistica 2014. The family-owned business has previously been an observer at the show, which will be held in Hong Kong from 3 – 5 September.

Asia Fruit Logistica is Asia’s leading trade show for the fresh produce trade, attracting more than 460 exhibitors from 38 countries. The sell-out show features innovative new varieties, the latest technologies and commentary on market trends from international experts and influencers.

As well as exhibiting its cutting-edge sorting and packing solutions, BBC will leverage off the momentum generated at Asia Fruit Logistica, by bringing together, in Hong Kong, a selection of key partners and current and new customers from different parts of the world.

The initiative, says CEO Geoff Furniss, illustrates BBC’s approach, which is “customer-centric, keen to draw lessons from a wide range of range of associates and markets and strong on continuous learning”.

BBC is on a growth curve in Asia. It sold its first blueberry sorting machine five years ago to a company which is now part of Joyvio Group, the largest end-to-end fruit company of its kind in China. Joyvio and the New Zealand company have forged a strong working relationship with BBC continuing to supply processing equipment to support Joyvioi’s blueberry operation.

BBC gained a second customer in 2010 and several more in the last year as testimonials about the company are passed through word-of-mouth. These customers are in China and Korea.

Furniss says BBC’s reputation for innovation and its “consistent and significant” investment in research and development are key strengths in Asia. “Our track record for working closely with customers and continually evolving and adapting our offering, in response to what customers tell us they want, gives BBC a point of difference in a highly competitive marketplace.

“This goes for blueberry processing technology, of course, but also for other small fruit we specialise in such as cherries and small tomatoes.

“Our focus is on giving customers certainty,” says Furniss. “They need to know they have robust packaging and processing, the best possible fruit quality, extended shelf life and lower costs so they, in turn, can give consumers a high quality eating experience.”

Visitors to the New Zealand pavilion will have the opportunity to learn about BBC’s full range of equipment and its ability to develop turnkey solutions that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individual customers.

This includes BBC’s Fresh Tracker traceability software which can track individual products from harvesting and processing through to packaging and point of sale. This is a particular advantage in China, says Furniss, where safety and integrity of the food chain is of paramount importance.

Blueberries have been the first focus for the company in Asia but BBC also sees opportunities to provide its equipment to producers of cherries and cherry tomatoes.

BBC will have a team of senior executives on its stand at Asia Fruit Logistic-including International Sales and Marketing Manager Jason Walker, the company’s European Sales Manager, Fred Douven, and Stanley Lim, BBC’s Sales and Service Manager for China and other parts of Asia.

“We are strongly committed to the market in Asia,” says Jason Walker. “We are investing in training and preparing a larger team of people to be on the ground, to provide our renowned level of superior service to companies using our equipment.”

BBC has deep roots in the horticulture sector, both as a grower of blueberries and a developer of innovative processing solutions. It has been selling its technology in the United States for 13 years and also has established markets in Europe, South America and Australasia.

Fruit Logistica takes place from 3 – 5 September. Find out more at: http://www.asiafruitlogistica.com/en/

The New Zealand Pavilion is located in Hall 3.

BBC on show at Fruit Logistica

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in news | Comments Off on BBC on show at Fruit Logistica

BBC on show at Fruit Logistica

Key players in Europe’s fresh produce industry will see first-hand how to drive greater productivity through their operation using advanced fruit sorting technology from New Zealand company BBC Technologies.

BBC will be showcasing its innovative fruit sorting solutions at Fruit Logistica in Germany for the fourth consecutive year. The event, which takes place in Berlin from 5 – 7 February, attracts more than 2,400 companies and 50,000 visitors from all parts of the world’s fresh BBC Technologies is riding a wave of interest in its technology as customers look for ways of gaining efficiencies while ensuring premium quality product.

At Fruit Logistica, BBC will showcase its new MIRA -360 machine which sorts for colour and identifies and removes defects including cracks and splits, soft rot, wrinkles and bruises and insect damage. It also sorts in multiple streams by size to ensure customers comply with standard industry sizing bands.

Also on display will be BBC’s Fresh Tracker™ traceability software which can track individual products from harvesting and processing through to packaging and point of sale. International Sales and Marketing Manager Jason Walker says Fresh Tracker is resonating strongly with customers as demand grows for ways of minimising risk and ensuring fresh produce is of premium quality.

BBC’s key business is in providing customers with turnkey solutions which combine its high-tech sorting and filling solutions with support products and Freshtracker.

Walker says all components of the company’s solution effectively ‘talk’ to each other and are both simple and efficient to use. “Our offering is very attractive to cherry growers in Europe (which accounts for around 75 per cent of global production) as it gives them a range of options for presenting their fruit and helps them ensure their fruit is premium quality and lasts on the shelf,” says Walker.

He says BBC’s turnkey solutions are also increasingly sought after as blueberry plantings expand in Europe, particularly in the east where, for example, BBC has recently installed several new lines in Poland.

The company will have five staff on its stand at Fruit Logistica – two from BBC’s European office in the Netherlands, one from its Chilean office and two from New Zealand. In terms of overall sales, Europe is BBC’s fastest growing region and Walker says having staff on the ground there is paying dividends for the company.

“We can attend to sales enquiries immediately and it also allows us to maintain our company’s commitment to the highest level of service. “Our service manager based in Europe is supported by a mobile service team which comes to the region in busy periods. That means when customers have an issue, they simply need to pick up the phone to our support team and help is at hand.”

BBC General Manager Geoff Furniss invited existing and potential customers to visit the company’s stand at Fruit Logistica. “We are excited to be able to talk directly to a cross section of people in the industry and who them the benefits our technology can deliver. BBC has deep roots in the horticulture sector and owns 162 hectares of blueberries in New Zealand. It has been selling its technology in the United States for 13 years and also has established markets in Europe, South America and Australasia, with its equipment operating The company employs more than 85 staff in New Zealand and overseas and is actively recruiting to support its steady growth in domestic and offshore markets.

Fruit Logistica takes place from 5 – 7 February. Find out more at: www.fruitlogistica.de/en/

BBC Technologies helps cull spotted wing drosophila (SWD) fruit damage

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in news | Comments Off on BBC Technologies helps cull spotted wing drosophila (SWD) fruit damage

BBC Technologies helps cull spotted wing drosophila (SWD) fruit damage

BBC Technologies North America is helping a Michigan blueberry grower eliminate damage by spotted wing drosophila (SWD) on the packing line.

South Haven, Mich.-based DeGrandchamp Farms Inc., contained the insect’s damage and avoided rejections during the 2013 season, said Mike DeGrandchamp, partner. DeGrandchamp uses BBC’s recently introduced MK-2.5 color sorter and Dura-Touch soft sorter on its fresh fruit line to grade-out soft, green and overripe fruit, he said.

Since appearing in northwestern growing regions in 2009, the pest has quickly emerged as a threat to North American blueberries. The fly targets ripening fruit and buries tiny eggs that grow into maggots, leading to rejected fruit, DeGrandchamp said.

First used during the past year’s harvest, the machinery allows DeGrandchamp to avoid shipping SWD-infected fruit, he said. “As we can’t physically inspect every berry, before getting this equipment, it was impossible to grade it out,” DeGrandchamp said. “This year, however, we were able to successfully pack fruit with no detectable level of SWD, which is a big plus.”

Chip Manuel, New Zealand-based BBC’s East Coast sales manager, Savannah, Ga., said the manufacturer is focusing primarily on blueberries but is also using other technology to help sort other small round fruit including cherries, tart cherries, grape tomatoes and cherry tomatoes.

He said growers use the new software worldwide. In North America, BBC first installed the equipment in Florida and now it’s in Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan and British Columbia.

“The fact that our company’s founders own the largest blueberry farm in New Zealand gives us a unique perspective in understanding the issues that growers face every day,” Manuel said. “We’re nothing without the growers and we can’t have any surprises and need to know what are regions’ growers are doing and what their biggest issues are. If we don’t know what they need, we’re doing them a disservice, especially after such a bad season they had last year.”
The pest is becoming a logistical nightmare for growers and usually increases its presence during mid- and late season fruit in July and August, DeGrandchamp said.

DeGrandchamp markets its berries through the Grand Junction, Mich.-based MBG Marketing, a partner with Naturipe Farms LLC in Salinas, Calif.

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