BBC Technologies, a segment of Tomra Food, has expanded its CURO system to focus on packing fruits under 40 millimeters (about 1.5 inches).
The new equipment, CURO-2, is designed primarily for blueberries, cherries and small snacking tomatoes, according to a news release. It allows companies to pack small volumes of different grades of fruit at the same time, supplying produce in multiple tiers for grocery stores, or to supplement a packing line’s existing capacity.
It is efficient in switching between different sized packing options such as clamshells, punnets and boxes, according to the release, handling the small fruit gently.
“We are seeing a significant shift in the market, with our customers being increasingly required to divide their fruit into multiple tiers and needing to pack different grades of product simultaneously,” BBC Technologies CEO Geoff Furniss said in the release. “The CURO-2 provides the solution for packing our customers’ niche products once they have been graded, as well as providing them with additional capacity when needed.”
South Africa-based Blue Mountain Berries, which distributes blueberries to Europe, Southeast Asia and Russia through BerryWorld, installed the CURO-2 earlier this year. The company’s managing director Chrisleo Botha said the company can more easily pack several grades of fruit.
“The CURO-2 allowed us to utilize fill-by-weight functionality on smaller niche volumes of fruit that we were previously having to pack by hand,” Botha said in the release.
BBC Technologies, based in New Zealand, has offices in Fresno, Calif., Pooler, Ga., South Haven, Mich., and Auburn, Wash.