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GP Graders joins forces with A&B

Companies partner to offer end-to-end grading and packing solutions for the blueberry industry

GP Graders joins forces with A&B

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GP Graders and A&B Packing have announced that they will be combining their strengths to offer blueberry customers a complete grading and packing solution.

US-based A&B Packing is known for its high speed automatic packing solutions for small fresh produce such as blueberries, cherries and cherry and grape tomatoes, while GP Graders from Melbourne, Australia specialises in vision grading solutions for small fresh produce such as blueberries, cherries and cherry and grape tomatoes.

Both companies offer turnkey grading and packing solutions to customers and both companies have a strong sales and support presence in South and North America, Australia and Europe.

According to a jpint release, the collaboration plays to both companies’ strengths, with GP Graders providing grading technology and A&B Packing supplying the automated packing machinery. The focus of the partnership is primarily on blueberry machinery.

“I visited Australia and met with the GP Graders team, saw where they are heading with designs and technology, then visited a blueberry machine in operation," said Michael Williamson, CEO and owner of A&B Packing. "These guys are laser focused on precisely what the market is looking for and together we will have the best solution the market has seen. It’s a really exciting time."

“For GP Graders it makes perfect sense," added Stuart Payne, CEO and director at GP Graders. "For blueberries we have the best grading solutions and A&B have the best packing machinery, so we focus on our strengths and together we have an unbeatable offering.”

The agreement between A&B Packing and GP Graders covers the US, Chile and Peru, Europe and Australia.

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