Key Technology adds to root crop portfolio with acquisition of Herbert
Key Technology has added to its potato and vegetable processing portfolio with the acquisition of Herbert Solutions.
Herbert has established itself as a leader in serving the root crop and fresh produce markets with an assortment of industry leading sorting, washing and handling solutions. The company is headquartered in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
The acquisition further strengthens position of Key to its core potato and vegetable market segments. Key is a leading global designer and manufacturer of digital sorting, inspection, conveying and other processing equipment, and a member of the Duravant family of operating companies.
“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. “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 Duravant’s global SupportPro organization.”
Herbert Solutions will become a product brand within the Key’s overall portfolio of potato and vegetable solutions. Verschuren will move into the role of product sales manager for Herbert and continue to lead Herbert’s commercial efforts as well as play a prominent role in the development of new product solutions.