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Canadian govt invests in robotic technology for potato packing operation

Equipment Upgrade Potato Packing Plant Patates Dolbec in Quebec receives government supportYesterday, a delegation of the Canadian federal agriculture department visited Patates Dolbec’s potato packaging facility in Quebec which has just completed an expansion and modernization project. This project, supported with a federal government investment of up to $4.5 million, includes the purchase and installation of new robotic equipment that will sort, grade, and pack more fresh potatoes in less time, enabling the company to improve their product quality, lower operational costs and develop new markets in the United States. The upgrade represents a total of $12 million. According to Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, investing in innovation will enable Patates Dolbec to grow sales and demand for Quebec-grown potatoes all around the world, helping to build a strong and prosperous agriculture and agri-food sector. 

Josée Petitclerc, Director, Marketing and Continuous Improvement, Patates Dolbec said the new plant “gives us superb flexibility, enhances our ability to serve our customers, allows us to track all our data in real time for better decision making.”

Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada