Jean-Yves Boileau & Fils, Havelock, Quebec, built a new packing room featuring an internal defect detector.
The $2.7 million expansion will increase production by 400%, up to 1.25 million cases annually, according to a news release.
The defect detector will reject single apples instead of removing an entire batch.
This machine, the first of its kind in Quebec, will allow for greater profitability and efficiency, according to the release.
“It’s a big investment, but the most important thing is that the clients are happy,” partner Danny Boileau said.
The machine’s accuracy is a big advantage. It can find even very small defects.
“Sometimes the growers feel concern about this because they fear they’ll lose a lot of apples, but we’re not seeing that,” Boileau said.