BELGIUM – TOMRA Food, a leading automation machine manufacturing company, presented its latest innovations and introduced a reimagined organizational structure during a press conference at the just concluded Fruit Logistica exhibition in Berlin, Germany.

The announcements, made by Harald Henriksen, Executive Vice President, and Karel Strubbe, EMEA Regional Director, mark a significant leap forward in the company’s commitment to revolutionize food processing.

Revitalized Organizational Structure

TOMRA Food revealed a dynamic organizational shift designed to enhance agility and customer responsiveness.

The new regional structure divides the company into three key areas: EMEA, Americas, and APAC. Merging TOMRA Processed Food and TOMRA Fresh Food into a unified TOMRA Food team within each region ensures efficient operations.

The creation of a central hub brings together R&D, product development, and operations, amplifying innovation and operational efficiency.

Mr. Henriksen highlighted the strategic benefits of this transformation, stating, “The regional approach allows us to operate as a local partner, responding swiftly to diverse customer needs.”

“Unifying our business areas enables us to deliver top-tier solutions, while centralizing R&D and operations boosts our innovation capacity.”

AI-Powered Sorting and Grading Solutions

The unveiling of three groundbreaking AI-powered solutions showcased TOMRA Food’s commitment to shaping the future of food processing.

The TOMRA Neon, a blueberry pre-grader, utilizes AI modeling to detect clusters with unparalleled accuracy, optimizing efficiency in blueberry processing.

Additionally, the Spectrim X grading platform, equipped with LUCAi® Deep Learning technology, sets new standards for precision, higher yields, and reduced operational costs in apple grading.

The introduction of TOMRA LUCAi® for the InVision 2 grading platform revolutionizes cherry grading, maximizing pack-out results and minimizing fruit loss with extreme accuracy.

Sebastian Stoof, TOMRA Food’s Vice President, Head of Customer Value, shared insights at Fruit Logistica’s Tech-Stage, emphasizing the pivotal role of AI in addressing challenges in food sorting.

He stressed the need for high-quality imaging, industry expertise, and organizational readiness for the successful application of AI in food sorting.

Holographic Display of Cutting-Edge Solutions

Fruit Logistica attendees were treated to a three-dimensional holographic display showcasing TOMRA Food’s innovative solutions.

From the TOMRA 3A and TOMRA 5A sorters to the CURO-16 small-fruit packing system and the KATO precision grading system for blueberries, the hologram demonstrated the breadth of TOMRA Food’s capabilities.

Global Impact and Sustainability

TOMRA Food’s commitment to global impact and sustainability was evident in its collaborations with key partners, such as ICOEL, an Italian manufacturer of fruit handling and packaging equipment.

The unveiling of TOMRA Food’s advancements at Fruit Logistica 2024 signifies a transformative era in food processing.

As the company pioneers AI-driven solutions and redefines its organizational structure, it continues to lead the resource revolution, transforming the way the world approaches resource utilization.

TOMRA Food is a division of TOMRA Group in charge of designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting machines and integrated post-harvest solutions to maximize food safety and minimize food loss.

With over 13,800 installations worldwide, TOMRA Food operates globally, focusing on Confectionery, Fruit, Dried fruit, Grains and Seeds, Potatoes, Proteins, Nuts, and Vegetables.

For all the latest fresh produce industry news updates from Africa, the Middle East, and the World, subscribe to our NEWSLETTER, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.