Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Heinz Wattie’s Upgrades its Green Bean Processing Lines

Heinz Wattie’s Upgrades its Green Bean Processing Lines


Heinz Wattie’s is this week commissioning its upgraded green bean processing lines at its Hornby plant ahead of this year’s bean crop, estimated to be about 10,000 tonnes.

Christchurch Operations Manager Trevor Biggs says the $1.6 million investment in new equipment and technology will lead to a step-up in processing quality.

“It is part of our continuous focus on quality improvements and production efficiencies to benefit domestic and export customers,” Mr Biggs says.

The upgrade of the lines has seen the addition of new washing equipment, automated sorters and equipment for dealing with clusters of beans as they come through from the harvest. It advances the plant’s sustainability goals by reducing water use and bean wastage.

“Because beans are a ground crop which is neither shelled (liked peas) or peeled (like carrots) they are perhaps the most difficult crop we process. The harvesting process picks up foreign matter, and it is a significant challenge to eliminate bean stalks and field material.

“The automated colour sorter technology will help us discard stalks, stones and dirt picked up with beans. We will achieve improvements in the quality, efficiency and competitiveness of our bean operations,” Mr Biggs says.


Canterbury Pea – high yield, very good quality crops

The bean harvest directly follows the company’s Canterbury pea season which has been characterised by high yields and very good quality crops well suited to the current export and domestic market demand for retail grade products.

The successful pea season is the result of a very favourable growing season featuring regular rainfall and moderate temperatures, and the company’s focus on agronomic excellence. Heinz Wattie’s contracts 220 Canterbury farmers to grow pea crops, and personally assigns a company agronomist to work with each farmer.

South Island Agricultural Manager Mark Daniels believes that this close liaison with growers provides them with sustainable returns and gives Heinz Wattie’s greater certainty over product quality and required volume.

“This season most growers have received higher than average returns for their pea crops.”

The company’s agricultural research staff select high performing pea varieties from around the world, and through its partnership in a long standing Canterbury-based pea breeding program.

The Christchurch plant, which exports two-thirds of its production, has gained a reputation worldwide for quality and performance. It operates in a highly competitive global environment, and further automation will result in a significant increase in efficiency.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Gongs Got: Canon Media Awards & NZ Radio Awards Happen

Radio NZ: RNZ website The Wireless, which is co-funded by NZ On Air, was named best website, while Toby Manhire and Toby Morris won the best opinion general writing section for their weekly column on rnz.co.nz and Tess McClure won the best junior feature writer section. More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Budget: Debt Focus Risks Losing Opportunity To Stoke Economy

The Treasury is likely to upgrade its forecasts for economic growth in Budget 2016 next week but Finance Minister Bill English has already signalled that more of his focus is on debt repayment than on fiscal stimulus or tax cuts... More>>

ALSO:

Fulton Hogan's Heroes: Managing Director Nick Miller Resigns

Fulton Hogan managing director Nick Miller will leave the privately owned construction company after seven years in charge. The Dunedin-based company has kicked off a search for a replacement, and Miller will stay on at the helm until March next year, or until a successor has been appointed and a transition period completed. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Electricity, Executions, And Bob Dylan

The Electricity Authority has unveiled the final version of its pricing plan for electricity transmission. This will change the way transmission prices (which comprise about 10% of the average power bill) are computed, and will add hundreds of dollars a year to power bills for many ordinary consumers. More>>

ALSO:

Half Empty: Fonterra NZ, Australia Milk Collection Drops In Season

Fonterra Cooperative Group says milk collection is down in New Zealand and Australia, its two largest markets, in the first 11 months of the season during a period of weak dairy prices. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news