TOMRA Food closed the 2018 financial year consolidating its position in Chile, with prospects of excellent results in 2019 in view of the country’s positive growth forecast. Johan Germeys, TOMRA Food´s Regional Sales Manager for Latin America, and Paola Arévalo, Sales Manager TOMRA Food Chile, explain their expectations for the food market in the country.
TOMRA Food designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting machines and integrated post-harvest solutions for a wide range of fresh and processed food applications, using the world’s most advanced grading, sorting, peeling and analytical technology. With a strong focus on Research & Development, its sensor-based sorting machines guarantee excellent quality and performance, which translate into greater productivity and more efficient use of resources.
“Chile offers a world of opportunities and the country´s main challenge is to maintain the pace of modernization and automation it has initiated. TOMRA´s technology make it possible to raise the quality standards of producers of fresh and processed foods. It can be used for a variety of applications, such as walnuts, nuts, seafood, dehydrated fruits, seeds, vegetables, fruits or potatoes,” says Johan Germeys, TOMRA Food´s Regional Sales Manager for Latin America.
The forecast for the nuts market remains very positive. “Chile is certainly enjoying excellent growth in the walnut market, a prime quality product, which achieved a record production of 130,000 tonnes and a turnover of more than 500 million dollars in 2018. In the next 5 years the country’s production capacity will double and the technology to process this bigger volume of nuts will be required. TOMRA Food has the best equipment for it,” says Paola Arévalo, Sales Manager of TOMRA Food Chile.
“TOMRA Food´s optical sensors maximize the performance of our customers´ process, increasing its accuracy and efficiency. Sensor-based technology is capable of processing large volumes of food and helps to identify and reject foreign materials from the process. The advantages are immediately obvious: our technology reduces food waste to a minimum, increases benefits, and delivers significant time saving compared to manual sorting. TOMRA Food machines are the most efficient way of sorting products and a smart investment,” she concludes.