Main Range Orchard, situated in Young in New South Wales grows cherries on approximately 25 hectares. The cherry season runs from mid- November to early January depending on weather conditions. Cherries from Main Range Orchard are exported to Singapore and Vietnam.
In 2006 the company bought their first mechanical grader from Australian machine manufacturer GP Graders which was installed in their packhouse. In 2020 they had the Air Jet grader installed.
Joanne Wells from Main Range Orchard said that the upgrade to the Air Jet grader was a very easy and economical upgrade to the packhouse.
“Having service teams here on the ground has been a big benefit of working with GP Graders, it provides the confidence and reassurance that the grader will do all it is promoted to do. We estimate that we have saved up to 50% in labour costs by installing the system, our throughput has also increased by around 50%, with good fruit.
“The Air Jet also provides more opportunity for a good seconds line, which there is a big demand for. More imperfections are eliminated ensuring a premium product we can be confident will meet any market specifications.”
According to GP Graders the AirJet® electronic cherry graders are the most technologically advanced sorting machines available on the market today. The cutting-edge technology helps growers to achieve the best possible returns for their fruit, by reducing sorting and packing costs and providing perfect size grading.