De aardappelhoeve has its own 4-row AVR Puma 3 harvester we use efficiently. As it is our own harvester, we can quickly react when weather conditions change unexpectedly. Moreover, our harvester is perfectly tuned for harvesting table potatoes. We process less soil, which leads to less possibility of damaging the harvest.
De aardappelhoeve has 10,000 tons of box storage of which 1,000 destined to organic potatoes. We exclusively cool mechanically. This way we can guarantee an even temperature in the cold rooms regardless of the weather conditions. All boxes have a chip which is activated when filling the boxes. This way we know the exact location of every batch.
After the potatoes have been sorted, they are again stored in boxes. Those boxes are then stored for one to two days in an automated warehouse. We can store 200,000 kg of washed potatoes in the cooled warehouses. Thanks to this system it’s possible to perfectly store and track every batch and every size until they’re sent to packaging. Obviously we use other boxes to store the organic potatoes than the ones used for conventional potatoes.
Before the potatoes are put in a bag, we’ll sort them again manually. This means trained employees check the potatoes. When a potato of lesser quality has found its way into the batch, it’s then manually removed. By doing so, we are 100% sure only the perfect potatoes have been packed. Then the potatoes are weighed and finally packed in the way the client desires. At this moment we have five packing lines with each one or two packing machines. Each machine can make a different kind of packaging. This way we can offer every packing method the customer wants.