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This highly successful UK family business was established over 40 years ago to supply apples. They grow their own apples as well as sourcing apples from local growers.
The company is now diversifying and involving the business in cider production. They now seek a partner to supply new apple pressing machinery.
An outsourcing agreement would be ideal for the main apple pressing equipment and any associated machinery. A services agreement would cover maintenance and on-going advice.
This family business, based in the UK, was established over 40 years ago to supply apples.
Apples are sourced from their own orchards and other local growers. They specialise in the Bramley variety of apple
which suits the local climate and is ideal for both cooking and cider production.
The business is seasonally focused (summer and autumn) but cold storage facilities are also used.
Until recently most of the product has been transported in bulk bins to wholesalers for further distribution. However in the past year attempts at diversification have included pressing apples for cider for a local producer and they have also begun packing apples for sales in poly-trays.
The increasing diversification to pressing apples on the premises means that the company now requires a high quality apple press with an input capacity of at least 1 tonne per hour.
In this case a negotiated outsourcing agreement would be ideal. This would probably involve supply and commissioning of the press and the supply of any associated equipment and accessories, The training of personnel, on-going advice and maintenance could be covered by a services agreement.
The supplier may be the manufacturer of the apple press or a well established approved distributor /agent for such machinery.
The apple pressing machinery must comply with European food safety regulations and also have safety features to protect operatives in the vicinity.
The press must have an input capacity of at least 1 tonne per hour.
The company should also be able to supply any associated equipment (e.g. pre-pressing mills, etc.).
Full or partial automation is expected and the press should be user friendly and easily maintained.
Only readily available equipment is sought. Equipment at a development stage is of no interest.
If the offering company is the manufacturer of the apple press full documentation should be available relating to any claimed IPR.
The automated apple pressing equipment is sought from a manufacturer or supplier (distributor /agent) with long established expertise in this sector.
An initial visit should be accommodated to inspect current models and preferably see endorsements from satisfied clients.
The equipment offered should be available for demonstration or a video provided.
The supplier should arrange for commissioning of the press and the supply of any associated equipment and accessories required. They will provide any training necessary.
A commitment to regular parts replacement and maintenance will probably be required.