Equipment & Technology

Key Buys Root Crop Sorting and Processing Specialist Herbert

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Walla Walla, Washington, USA-headquartered Key Technology has acquired Herbert Solutions, enhancing the digital sorting, inspection and conveying equipment manufacturer’s portfolio of potato and vegetable processing equipment.Eindhoven, Holland-headquartered Herbert is well established in the root crop and produce sector with an assortment of industrial sorting, washing and handling systems.

“The combination of Herbert’s expertise in handling and sorting whole products and Key’s strong presence in processed potato and vegetable solutions creates a complimentary fit between our two companies,” said Louis Vintro, co-president at Key Technology. “It will enable us to offer an even broader set of integrated solutions that will benefit our customers’ product quality, production efficiency and overall yield.”

Mark Verschuren, Herbert’s former owner, sees the partnership delivering strategic advantages to customers worldwide. He commented:

“Both companies have always had a strong focus on customer relationships. Herbert customers will now get access to Key’s strong global footprint and sales network. For service and technical support, they can now rely on parent company Duravant’s global SupportPro organization.”

Herbert Solutions will become a product brand within the Key’s overall portfolio of potato and vegetable processing systems. Verschuren will move into the role of product sales manager and continue to lead Herbert’s commercial efforts as well as play a prominent role in the development of new product solutions.