Tomra Food has opened a regional headquarters in Santiago, Chile. ( Courtesy Tomra )

Tomra Food has opened a Latin America regional headquarters in Santiago, Chile.

The facility gives Tomra and its sister companies Compac and BBC Technologies better access to fresh produce and other food shippers and processors, according to a news release from the Leuven, Belgium, company. The facility includes service and sales personnel.

Tomra, Compac and BBC Technologies offer grading and sorting equipment, along with other technology used in food packing.

“Opening our new regional headquarters is another step forward in providing local access to our global network of training, technical expertise and services across the whole Latin American region, which exports a significant portion of the global trade in fresh produce,” Ken Moynihan, CEO of Compac, said in the release. “ … And to succeed in this high-value market, exporters need the best packing lines, which is where we add value to their business.”

The demonstration room in Santiago has five Tomra optical sorters to demonstrate the company’s technology, and a Compac line with Spectrim, UltraView and Inspectra systems will allow fruit and vegetable shippers to see how the different optical systems perform.

Johan Germeys, regional sales manager for Latin America, said the company has already performed a number of test runs on produce, including apples, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, green beans, nuts and other items, with customers reporting interest.

With COVID-19 restrictions on travel, the company has conducted remote training sessions and meetings, according to the news release.

The company also has regional headquarters in the U.S., China and South Africa, and 32 regional offices around the world.

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