TRADE AND MARKET I NG Fruit Logistica: tech and trends in the international fresh world Agrico arranges for quality testing Traditionally, Agrico organises a reception at the stand for its business relations, this time with a tasting of potato dishes of the Loreley variety, prepared by top chef Paul van Staveren. The trading company seized the opportunity to promote its new quality course. ‘Focus on quality remains necessary in order to strengthen our position and to expand further internationally’, says director Jan van Hogen in his welcome speech. On a large screen, visitors could watch a video of the ins and outs of the new Quality Center, which was officially opened shortly after the show. In the Quality Center, samples from all the potato lots are tested for internal and external quality. The objective: more insight into the quality and vitality of the potatoes, so that Agrico can determine the best destination for each individual lot and can better guarantee the quality for its customers. Sormac extends drum for more capacity To meet the demand for larger knife peelers, Sormac is introducing a threemetre version, the MS30. ‘Compared to the smaller MS10 and MS20, not only has the drum become longer, the casing is also heavier and has larger pulleys’, explains Roy Lemmen, sales director of the company. The technology has further remained unchanged. Depending on the product, quality and desired peeling percentage, the machine can handle up to 7,000 kg per hour. Besides potatoes, the peeling drum is also suitable for other root vegetables such as beetroot and celeriac. Tomra underlines contribution to less waste Stefan Ranstrand of Tomra is in the spotlight, after having been elected ‘Best CEO in Sustainable Resource Management’ at the beginning of this year, by European CEO Business magazine. Ranstrand has been working for Tomra for ten years now and, from a number of spare parts, he has managed to turn the company into a strong brand. Tomra is active worldwide in sensor-based grading technology for the food and recycling sector and also manufactures processing machines and analysis equipment. ‘We want to help growers get the most out of their product and at the same time reduce waste as much as possible. This is possible with the right combination of technology, such as colour cameras, NIR sensors, spectroscopy and laser technology.’ According to Ranstrand, digitisation will play an even greater role than it already does. Data analysis helps to optimise machine settings, control costs, and support tracing in case of calamities. Potato World 2019 • number 2 33 Pagina 32

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