NETHERLANDSKey Technology, a processing equipment manufacturer and member of the Duravant family of operating companies, has acquired Herbert Solutions enhancing its portfolio of potato and vegetable equipment solutions.

Headquartered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 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.

Key Technology said that the acquisition further strengthens the company’s position in its core potato and vegetable market segments.

“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, said that the partnership will deliver 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 now become a product brand within the Key’s overall portfolio of potato and vegetable solutions.

Mark 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.

Meanwhile, Key Technology recently announced the rebranding of its customer service organization, formerly known as the PROliance program, to SupportPro.

SupportPro service program includes technical support such as installation, start-up, training, preventive maintenance and 24/7 emergency assistance as well as remote monitoring, protection plans, upgrades and parts sales, and other offerings provided under the PROliance program.