Bedstone Growers is a family company based in Shropshire, UK. The company produces about 150 tonnes of berries per year. Due to increasing labour costs, the company decided to start mechanical harvesting of blueberries for the fresh fruit market. The main problem was the increased amount of foreign material and unripe and damaged blueberries in the harvested fruit.

  • What were the challenges?

    The Bedstone Growers decided to purchase WECO colour and softness sorters to improve the quality of the fruit going into the packhouse and to reduce the number of workers at the line. The equipment was sold and supplied by the Milbor PMC team and the new machines had to be integrated into the existing packing line.

  • What did we do?

    Our team was responsible for the entire project from sales to installation and after-sales support. Our engineers installed the equipment, integrated it with a conveyor system from a third-party supplier, and trained the client’s operators.

  • What was the outcome?

    The main benefit of the introduction of softness and colour was a higher quality, with a simultaneous reduction of harvesting and packing costs by 40%. With the technology supplied and serviced by Milbor PMC, Bedstone Growers can further reduce labour costs – something that is very important after Brexit – and maintain its cost advantage in the increasingly competitive blueberry market.

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