Equipment/Technology, Europe, UK, Ireland, News April 2023

Spain’s Patatas Meléndez inaugurates new state-of-the-art automated production facility

Patatas Meléndez, a renowned Spanish company based in Valladolid, which achieved a turnover of 110 million Euro in 2022, proudly embarks on a new chapter in the fresh potato industry.

With an investment exceeding 36 million Euro, the company has recently inaugurated its state-of-the-art automated factory, designed to optimize potato quality while enhancing efficiency and promoting sustainability in the business.

“Today is a special day for me. The inauguration of this factory with Industry 4.0 technology is a turning point for Patatas Meléndez,” said Javier Meléndez, CEO of Patatas Meléndez, at the inauguration. “This factory stands for the future, for technology and for innovation, but also for the protection of the area’s production, aiming to ensure generational succession.”

Among the factory’s most significant innovations is the introduction of optical sorters, which sort the potatoes by size, shape and quality in a single process; the use of anthropomorphic robots; as well as greater energy efficiency and optimization of the water cycle.

Source: Fresh Plaza. Read the full story here
Photo: D. Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, president of the Government of Castile-Leon, and Javier Meléndez, CEO of Patatas Meléndez.

Editor & Publisher: Lukie Pieterse


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