Six member companies of the Les Paysans de Rougeline fresh produce co-operative are the latest French tomato growers to benefit from MARCO’s YCM yield control pack house technology. The innovative productivity improvement systems have been installed at pack houses in south west France belonging to the French group.
Rougeline’s growers have around 300 hectares of greenhouses in three regions of the south of France, and the brand is available all year round. The way the fruits and vegetables are packed is important, with 50 million punnets packed per year. More than 20 varieties of tomatoes make up the total annual production of almost 60 million kilograms (which does not include the volume of strawberries, cucumbers and salads also packed).
Controlling our busy pack houses presents a number of challenges, especially given the increased consumer demand for grape tomatoes. The manual packing requires a blend of speed and accuracy. We can be penalised for underweight packs and have to minimise unwanted giveaway which directly affects our profitability. We also have to ensure the punnets we sell as of the highest quality in terms of pack presentation.
Thomas Leïchlé – Group Supply Chain Director