By Yana O'Gorman email@example.com
A 'shiny new toy' was opened in Pukekohe last week as FRENZ (Free Range Eggs New Zealand) opened their state-of-the art egg grading machine in front of 100 guests.
Rob Darby, FRENZ Director, says the new machine increases the number of eggs that can be checked, sanitised, sorted and packaged, from 8000 eggs per hour on the old machine, to 45,000 eggs per hour.
“In terms of export potential, this grader gives us the ability to fill a twenty-foot container with eggs every two and a half hours,” Rob says.
Minister for Food Safety, Hon David Bennett was guest of honour and unveiled a plaque, and switched on the machine.
"This now opens offers of jobs, opportunities for rural communities and provision of a new vision," David says.
He said investors in regional and rural New Zealand were crucial going forward.
Hon David Bennett and MP for Hunua Andrew Bayly, were among farmers, engineers, staff and investors invited to the unveiling. After the machine was switched on to its slowest setting, everyone had the chance to see how it worked, from loading to packaging.
"It's a very clever machine," Rob says. It can digitally print on the 13 eggs per second, in a range of languages.
The new grader allows eggs to go through the hygienic process of being cleaned, sanitised, dried and sorted into size and even shell colour. It was made possible with the help of engineers at local business, FTEK.
The local job opportunities and support are what were highlighted at the official unveiling on Friday. MP for Hunua Andrew Bayly says it is great to see success of businesses in Pukekohe continue to grow.
"It is nice to see a local engineering firm with their precision engineering and modifications, use their skills in a world class environment," he says.
Rob says that it is an exciting next step for the team at FRENZ. "This new machine gives us the ability to meet export demands and expand into new markets. Chickens might not traditionally migrate over vast distances, but our new technology will allow NZ’s best quality free-range and organic eggs to make it overseas,” says Rob.
Rob says the day was a success. "It was a joint effort. It's not just one person doing this, it's the supporters, the 100 people who are here today."
FRENZ currently export eggs to Macau and Hong Kong, and soon Taiwan, and are working to export to Singapore and Korea.
Caption: FRENZ Director Rob Darby, Hon David Bennett and Andrew Bayly.