May 19, 2020

Van Doren boosts data management capabilities with Agjet acquisition

Produce handling firm Van Doren Sales (VDS) had announced the acquisition of Agjet.

This strategic move brings together the VDS current offering of conveyance and produce handling solutions provided with the custom data-driven information systems of Agjet, to better offer customers the next level of automation and integration across the packhouse. The addition of the Agjet solutions from stamper, traceability software and small robotics along with the understanding of the market needs complete the VDS product catalog.

“Van Doren’s dedication to quality and customer service aligns perfectly with Agjet’s vision to make the packing line more intelligent,” Ben Wellner, CEO of Agjet, said through a press release. “Joining the VDS team is a huge boost in our mission to provide effective solutions, ultimately helping our customers deliver the best product to market.”

Bret Pittsinger, VDS president and owner, said expanding the company’s data capabilities was an evident need to stay at the forefront of the industry.

“As part of the push for automation we have seen the need for advancing data and AI (artificial intelligence) in the packhouse,” Pittsinger said. “This acquisition will assist us in accelerating that capability. Our team is committed to partnering with our customers throughout North America to assist in optimizing results in their operations.”

VDS aims to provide these solutions to the fresh produce market across a variety of commodities, including potatoes, apples, onions, cherries, pears, hops and others. VDS has four locations, including its headquarters in Wenatchee, Washington, as well as other locations in Yakima, Washington, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Kelowna, British Columbia.

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