Willowbrook Farms

Keep It Green

Keeping the leafy green salads of Willowbrook Farms fresh and crunchy is easy with the Ishida Multihead Weighers.

One of Ireland’s leading growers and processors of vegetables, salads, stir fry and mash products, Willowbrook Farms, has teamed up with SF Engineering to optimise their fresh salad packing. The company sells to some of the best known supermarkets in the UK and Ireland as well as providing fresh produce to leading hotels, restaurants, and convenience food outlets.

Keep it fresh

The first step was taken back in 2009 when Willowbrook Farms did some serious comparison shopping for a new weighing and packing application for fresh salads. After comparing both the performance and price of several applications, the company opted to install an Ishida multihead weigher. SF Engineering was on hand to supply the right equipment, in a timely fashion at a competitive price.

The first machine performed so well that Willowbrook Farms decided to install two more to further enhance their fresh salad packing lines. “We are committed to delivering quality products to our retail, foodservice, and food manufacturing customers,” says managing director John McCann. “Based on the past performance of the Ishida multihead weigher we decided to install two more units for the fresh salad line. We have had an excellent working relationship with SF Engineering and the Ishida weighers have met the strict requirements we have for fresh produce packing.”

Keep it crunchy

With decades of development history behind them, Ishida’s multihead weighers are the top-of-the-line perfomers in weighing of salads and fresh produce. The weighers are flexible and accurate, enabling frequent and rapid changes to pack size and format with optimal speeds for maximum efficiency and productivity.

Gentle product handling is essential in packing fresh salads to avoid bruising or damage. The Ishida weighers truly treat the product with kid gloves. Because of the advanced design, salad does not stick or cling to handling surfaces. The product is also accurately and precisely weighed into bags to reduce waste and giveaway.

Keep it coming

The Ishida multihead weighers have helped the company increase their production capability, delivering accurate portions in prime condition at optimal speed. “Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the health benefits of the food they eat as they look for products that are able to fit both their health conscious and busy lifestyles,” explains Colin Ferguson, sales director. “For these savvy consumers our ranges of prepared salad and vegetable products are ideal and we are well placed to meet their needs with our increased production capability.” SF Engineering is proud to supply Willowbrook Farms some of the solutions that have enabled them to remain at the forefront of the prepared produce market in Ireland.

“Based on the past performance of the Ishida multihead weigher we decided to install two more units for the fresh salad line. We have had an excellent working relationship with SF Engineering and the Ishida weighers have met the strict requirements we have for fresh produce packing.” John McCann, MD, Willowbrook Farms

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