NEW ZEALAND – TOMRA Systems ASA, a Norwegian provider of sorting technology and solutions has acquired 100% of BBC Technologies shares as a way to initiate expansion in global food sorting solutions sector.

The deal adds to TOMRA’s global recognition as an extensive fit-for-purpose small-fruit sorting and packaging portfolio.

The company will take over BBC Technologies’ precision grading systems, innovative punnet as well as clamshell filling solutions for blueberries and other fruits.

As part of the transaction, TOMRA will also acquire innovative software which it said complements its other developments in data and analytics solutions.

The software, known as ‘freshtracker’, enhances product traceability right from harvesting, processing, packaging and to the point-of-sale.

The deal which was expected to close at the end of February, gives BBC Technologies the solely right to operate as a division of TOMRA Food with the able leadership of Geoff Furniss.

According to Mike Riley, Head of TOMRA Food, the acquisition added on the company’s leadership in grading, sorting, and packaging solutions for fresh, packaged, and processed foods.

Following completion of the transaction to acquire New Zealand-based provider of postharvest solutions and services, Compac Holding Ltd, Mike said they were investing more into small fruit and large-scale investments to create value for customers.

“Customers of both companies will see continued dedication to meet and exceed their needs, including new support and service capabilities in all regions globally, so customers are never far from deep expertise.

Beyond this acquisition, TOMRA is making other new investments in people, services, and technology to help customers optimise every aspect of their operations,” said Mike Riley.

Combined with BBC Technologies, TOMRA will be able to offer small-fruit sorting and packaging portfolio for both the pack and repack houses.