Richard Hochfeld & MARCO Limited: The Grape Journey

Richard Hochfeld & MARCO Limited: The Grape Journey

Richard Hochfeld & MARCO Limited: The Grape Journey

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MARCO is proud to be closely associated with UK-based fresh produce distributer Richard Hochfeld. Richard Hochfeld have recently produced this excellent short film to celebrate their 80th year in business.

The film starts in the breath-taking Hex River Valley in South Africa, and follows the journey of the table grapes to their final destination on supermarket shelves in the UK. The footage provides excellent insight into the way that South African table grapes are efficiently packed using the MARCO Trac-IT solution and sent to the UK for retail.

Both packing operations in South Africa and the UK utilise MARCO solutions. The full packhouse system includes everything from the weighing systems, conveyors, checkweighers and high speed labellers, with all systems being controlled centrally by MARCO and constantly feeding back data from the factory floor, providing Richard Hochfeld with a fully traceable goods-in to goods-out solution. Packing flexibility is crucial for the team at Richard Hochfeld, the system being designed so that a combination of different products can be packed on all 5 high capacity lines to meet ever-changing consumer requirements.

The Yield Control systems at both sites utilise MARCO’s innovative Automatic Optimisation software, technology that automatically adjusts the target parameters at individual workstations, ensuring minimal waste and overpack. Further MARCO products gainfully employed at Richard Hochfeld’s  include: ‘Production Data Display’ digital signage screens, ‘Line Control Module’ label and date code verification system and MARCO’s paperless Quality Control Module.

Richard Hochfeld’s MD Alan Guindi had this to say about the implementation of the MARCO systems:

“The MARCO system has always exceeded our expectations and continues to provide us with the required packing flexibility we need to satisfy our customers’ demands. Speed, accuracy and live production data are of paramount importance. The multi-tier conveyor configuration makes optimum use of our space, whilst providing a highly efficient transportation system. Our pack giveaway is almost zero and full traceability is assured. We continue to enjoy a great working relationship”

MARCO has an extensive library of informative videos showcasing our installations and products in action within packing facilities around the world. To see more videos, feel free to visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel or view our dedicated videos page on the MARCO website.

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