Compac and Sienz announce partnership for the supply of produce grading solutions in Australia and New Zealand

Compac, part of Tomra Food, the provider of post-harvest solutions and services to the fresh produce industry; and Sienz, a manufacturer, integrator and service provider of packers of fresh fruits and produce; have entered into a partnership agreement for the supply of produce grading solutiosn in Australia and New Zealand across a range of selected produce categories. 

Under the agreement, Compac will provide integrated post-harvest solutions, complementing its core sorting and inspection systems with Sienz infeed systems, materials handling, and selected packing equipment. The agreement formalises an existing relationship in Australia for citus, avocado and tropical fruit solutions, and extends those same products to New Zealand, where it also includes kiwifruit solutions. Sienz will be the preferred partner in the supply of peripheral solutions equipment, which Compac will offer as part of an integrated solution. Compac will continue to deliver full sales, project management and service support. 

Ken Moynihan, CEO for Compac, stated: “This agreement is part of our strategy to establish ‘Best-of-Breed’ partnerships in order to offer our customers clearly defined, integrated packing solutions that leverage the very best of what is available globally for each part of the packing process. With this strategy, we aim to lead innovation in all packhouse functions by relying on focused product development from the best specialists within our team and our global partners’.”

The horticultural sector is experiencing continued growth. This growth is driven by increased export demand, improved varieties, favourable market access, and the demand for safe, quality produce. As a result, packers need innovative packing solutions that meet these requirements while embracing automation in their operation in order to mitigate the risk of labour shortages in production cycles.

This partnership provides a unified go-to-market strategy across Australia and New Zealand to meet the evolving market requirements and develop to market’s opportunities. To support this, Sienz will establish project management and solutions teams based in the region – led by Craig Hart, who joined the Sienz team in October. These teams will work with Compac to support current and new business opportunities. 

David Buys, director at Sienz, concluded, “We see great potential in this market, and believe that this partnership provides customers with the best solutions and service in the region through integrating products based on world-leading technologies and offering the best expertise in the industry.”