Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2017 Regional Award Winner


Tregunno Fruit Farms Inc., Niagara-on-the-Lake

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MPP Ted McMeekin, Ryan Tregunno and Jourdan Tregunno

MPP Ted McMeekin, Ryan Tregunno and Jourdan Tregunno

At Tregunno Fruit Farms, high-tech gear is helping the fifth-generation farming family produce better peaches, plums, pears and more. Rather than loading picked fruit onto a conveyor belt, workers now use specially designed harvesting totes to transfer fruit directly from the orchard to the pack house, greatly reducing the amount of handling and bruising. Once inside, a cutting-edge optical sorting and packing system deploys sensors and cameras to inspect for flaws - taking 500 images of every single fruit - and uses artificial intelligence to ensure that only the highest-quality products make the grade. These new technologies have doubled Tregunno's production levels, generating higher revenues, resulting in better-tasting fruit for consumers.

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