Ready to Grow

Automated workcell helps greenhouse operator achieve end-of-line packaging perfection to keep up with growing demand for its premium tomatoes. Growing healthy, tasty natural products consumers can’t seem to get enough of is every farmer’s dream. And for leading Canadian greenhouse operator NatureFresh Farms, living the proverbial American dream has been exciting and exhilarating ride ever since the Leamington, Ont.-based company made a momentous decicion to expand its operations into the nearby U.S. state of Ohio back in 2015.

“I just love doing what I do here,” says Cornelius Neufeld, operations manager of the company’s Ohio business who originally joined NatureFresh at its Leamington home base about eight years ago.

Case packer absorbs manual labor

This paper manufacturer was able to automate labor out of its beverage napkin line for quick ROI and improved case-sealing quality.
Many automation and engineering feats have begun as hastily sketched ideas on a handy cocktail napkin. Therefore, it’s only fitting that a cocktail napkin-producing paper converter is itself turning to automation and engineering to speed up and lean out its operation.Based in Elmwood Park, N.J., Marcal, a Soundview Paper Company,
is one of the oldest environmentally friendly paper companies in the U.S. Its product line includes paper towels, napkins, bath tissue, and other similar products in various counts and sizes. For more than 80 years, the company has been reducing landfill by making paper products from recycled paper.

The Sums Of All Parts

Founded exactly 40 years ago, Colmar, Pa.-headquartered Dorman Products Inc. has done many things right to virtually become a household name in the global automotive industry’s key aftermarkets. Generating annual revenues of over US$900 million, the company supplies thousands of different automotive replacement parts, automotive hardware,and brake products to the automotive aftermarkets and mass merchandise markets across North America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East.Boasting a diverse product portfolio ranging from intake and exhaust manifolds to complex electronics, wheel bolts and door handles, the company’s strong market presence and prominence have been built both through strong organic growth and an aggressive acquisition strategy that last year saw Dorman purchase the assets of Boisbriand, Que.-based auto parts supplier MAS Industries.

Brown and Haley Candy Industry

WeighPack’s 24 head PrimoCombi multi-head weigher with three product mixing weighs product before it is bagged. EndFlex’s Pick & Place Automation precisely loads each Roca container into the case while simultaneously orienting all logos to ensure that shipments are retail-ready.

Finding their Niche

Within the global fruitpacking sector, more is usually considered better: more variety,more markets to tap—certainly many a business has tapped that plan to great financial success.But one Canadian company has shunned the ‘more is more’ mentality, and has instead found global renown and success with its niche business plan.Founded in 1929 by Michael Leonard Catania at the onset of the global depression, M.L. Catania Company Limited was set up as a produce import and distribution business to service the Toronto area. Nowadays, the company remains a family business,but rather than the localized Toronto market, M.L. Catania has found its niche as an exotic fresh fruits importer and distributor with a global focus.

Refreshingly Simple

 Many a book has been written adequately noting and describing the health benefits of Mother Nature’s fresh fruits and vegetables for the average human being, but for one Quebec company, keeping things fresh has provided a well-deserved financial benefit and respect within the Canadian produce industry.First opening its doors in 2007, the Montreal headquartered Les Aliments Bercy (BercyFoods) is a successful family-owned processor and packer of fresh produce, as well as an importer and distributor of organic products. Bercy Foods—run by founder and company
president Michael Orsini—is a sister company of Courchesne Larose Ltd. , well-known and respected as one of Canada’s oldest and largest fruit and vegetable importers and distributors.

Single-Source Line For Pouch Packaging

Simplicity, reliability, and value are packaging machinery characteristics that are universally appreciated. But they’re even more highly prized in remote locations like the one occupied by Ute Mountain Tribe Farm & Ranch Enterprise. This 7,700 acre agricultural enterprise nestled below the Sleeping Ute Mountain on Ute Tribe Land in the southwest corner of Colorado is tucked away to say the least.

Good Things in Small Packages

Too much of a good thing is never really enough in most consumer packaged goods industries.And it’s hardly a stretch to say that things are looking good indeed these days for JemPak GK
Inc.—a fast-growing manufacturer of automatic dishwasher detergents who is really cleaning up, business-wise, in the product category’s buoyant,yet fiercely competitive, private-label segment.
Brought back to life from looming bankruptcy three years ago by a team of local investors and corporate turnaround experts, the recently renamed and refocused producer of household cleaning chemicals formerly operating under the former Witco Chemical banner is a happy testament to the virtues of sound management skills,manufacturing and packaging excellence, and a proactive R&D (research and development) mind set as key pre-requisites for corporate rejuvenation and renewal.

The perfect cut

Claiming perfection is not a mere idle boast for folks at Perfect Poultry Inc., but rather a daily pursuit of operational and packaging excellence that has enabled the Toronto based chicken processor to spread its wings at a very impressive pace despite some early turbulence and setbacks. And if breaking into the highly-competitive business right at the peak of the Avian Flu epidemic back in 2004 may have seemed like a slight case of irrational exuberance at the time of a nationwide shortage of edible birds, it seems more like a stroke of genius today in light of the upstart’s steady rise through the industry ranks, especially in the challenging economic climate of the last few years.

Grow & Prosper

A healthy mix of organic products and sustainable packaging keeps Monteal produces company in the green. A diet rich in fruits and veggies has long been touted as a key prerequisite for sound nutritional health and lifestyle, and it has done absolute wonders in the last three years for the financial well-being of Montreal-based Les Aliments Bercy( Bercy Foods).