Sormac can take all a customer's worries away by delivering processing lines in a turnkey approach, even if other producers' machines need to be integrated. Two lettuce processing lines have achieved turnkey at Len Wright Salads Ltd. in Preston, in the West of England.
In the 1960s, Len Wright started growing various different vegetables on less than one hectare of land. But today, Len Wright Salads (LWS) is growing lettuce, tomatoes and sweet peppers on an area of over one thousand hectares, some of which are in greenhouses. A major British chain of supermarkets recently commissioned the company to provide all the lettuce varieties that it sells in its stores. This led LWS to install two new lettuce processing lines of a capacity of 2,000 kg per hour. To make sure the project would run well, the company conducted an intensive market study and then selected Sormac.
LWS's decision to go for Sormac was not taken overnight, said Sormac's Sales Director Roy Lemmen. “The fact that Sormac has a lot of experience in the processing of leafy vegetables and offers a wide range of washing and drying systems for (delicate) leafy vegetables most definitely contributed to this choice. The sturdy construction and the good cleanability of our machines were also important aspects.”
Mixing, weighing, and washing and drying line with the accompanying machines, i.e. cutting machines, optical graders and a crate handling system
What was important for LWS was that Sormac could deliver the two lettuce lines turnkey, even although machines from other suppliers also had to be integrated with these lines. Sormac supplied all the components, assembled them, and also provided the control system for the entire line. “The customer had indicated that they didn't wish to supply the washed and dried products directly to the weighing and packaging machines, but that they wished to place them in intermediate storage, in crates,” said Roy Lemmen.
The two processing lines at LWS are now up and running and they are working to the full satisfaction of both LWS and the supermarket chain for which the lettuce products are produced.