G&R Farms Invests in Tech Advancements With Upgraded Equipment to Improve Performance; Blake Dasher and Fabian Murillo Discuss
GLENNVILLE, GA - Eight years of careful planning and hard work is paying off for G&R Farms, as the Vidalia® onion grower has announced the upgrade and installation of a new, high-tech grading and packing line. The massive undertaking is anticipated to be in full operation by March 2023.
“As we closed out 2022 with record sales, we continue to position ourselves for success in 2023 by offering the best in service and innovation to our customers,” said Blake Dasher, Chief Executive Officer of G&R Farms. “This is no time to rest, and we’ve already got our eye on our next big advancement. At G&R, we’re always looking for ways to push ahead and improve our processes and technology.”
G&R Farms’ new grading equipment is more precise, enabling the company to maximize packing efficiency and product quality at higher speeds—almost 80 percent faster than existing equipment. According to a release, these upgrades will optimize sizing accuracy and provide delicate processing, minimizing mechanical damage to each onion.
Due to the accuracy of the sizer, greater uniformity can also be found in pack sizes, allowing the supplier to ship exact customer specs noted in their preferences.
“Over the years, we have seen the onion industry suffer losses from inconsistent size and quality issues not caught on the sorting and packing lines. Our new line challenges nearly every obstacle with boosted accuracy and increased speed in packing,” stated Fabian Murillo, Shipping Manager/Inventory Control Supervisor. “This assurance will allow us to process orders on demand, ensuring we’re providing the freshest, most reliable products.”
As inflation remains top-of-mind across the supply chain, these enhancements will allow for continued competitive pricing, giving G&R Farms an advantage in these challenging times and enabling it to meet changing retailer demands.
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