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WITH OVER 80 YEARS OF ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE, TONG PEAL CONTINUOUSLY STRIVES TO OFFER THE MOST TECHNICALLY ADVANCED GRADING, WASHING & HANDLING EQUIPMENT. READ ABOUT OUR LATEST DEVELOPMENTS HERE

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We wish you a Merry Christmas!

As the festive season is upon us we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2015.

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Tong Peal showcases upgrades at Lamma

As part of the launch of the new model of its market-leading Caretaker mobile grader for 2015, Tong Peal will be exhibiting one of the most exciting features of the new Caretaker – the new second edition EasyClean separator.

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Tong Peal appoint new representative for France

Tong Peal is enhancing its business in the French and Belgian markets by appointing a full time Sales Executive to service new and existing customers.

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Onion Grading at Elveden Farms

To maintain the highest quality handling of their produce, Elveden Farms in Thetford approached Tong Peal to create a complete onion grading system

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Tasmanian firm chooses Tong Peal for Onion Grading

When one of the largest agricultural firms in Tasmania, Field Fresh Tasmania, decided to invest in new equipment to improve production speed and quality of their cream gold and red onions, their search led them across the globe to Lincolnshire-based Tong Peal Engineering.

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It's in the bag for Norton Farm!

Customer service, reliability and gentle handling were the key reasons Norton Farm Potatoes returned to Tong Peal Engineering when they required more packhouse equipment to meet increasing demand for their potato production.

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Grading screen changing made Easy!

Tong Peal has taken screen grading technology to the next level with the launch of a new option on all models of its market leading EasyGrade screen grading modules, designed to increase efficiency and minimise downtime for farms and pack houses.

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High performance Carrot Sorter for UK growers

Tong Peal is very proud to bring the most advanced carrot sorter to the UK market in becoming the sole UK distributor of the Swiss VISAR Sortop carrot sorter.

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Further focus on After Sales

Tong Peal is pleased to announce the creation of a new after sales position at the Spilsby head office, as part of continued plans to further improve the excellent customer service that the company prides itself on.

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Tong Peal becomes UK distributor of AGRISEP clod separator

Using the latest infrared technology built into its optical scanning system, the AGRISEP detects clods, stones, wood or other inorganic material mixed up with crops during the harvesting process.

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Double investment for family-led vegetable growers

When one of the largest vegetable growers in the South West needed to invest in a significant upgrade to its processing facilities, it chose Tong Peal to help it remain at the forefront of the industry.

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Tong Peal rolls out cutting-edge technology to proven vegetable grader

Continuing its strong start to 2014, Tong Peal is adding a new, state-of-the-art update to its popular Lift Roller Grader.

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Looking ahead - Industry Round-Up

As the new year of 2014 dawned, Charles Tong joined other figures in the potato industry who were asked for their thoughts on 2013’s highlights and low points and their predictions for 2014, and here are some of his thoughts...

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The next level in Weighing Solutions

Tong Peal is pleased to announce an updated version of its 2514 Weigher. Designed to meet the needs of agricultural professionals looking to embrace new weighing technologies, the specialist tank weighing system features a proven design and includes the latest progressions in manufacture and technology.

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A Refreshed Washing Range

Built with efficiency, reliability, gentle handing and ease of maintenance in mind, Tong Peal’s proven barrel washer design has been enhanced to incorporate the latest technology, offering users even greater washing results, while ensuring the gentlest of handling.

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Tong Peal To Attend Fruit Logistica 2014

Tong Peal will be present once again at Fruit Logistica in Hall 4.1 on Stand C-01 for Europe’s leading fresh fruit and vegetable event, which takes place in Berlin, Germany, between 5th-7th February.

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New Year showcase at LAMMA for Tong Peal!

Tong Peal Engineering is set to showcase its latest range of in-field handling equipment at LAMMA 2014 on stand R25 at the East of England Showground in Peterborough on the 22nd and 23rd January.

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Mobile Solution for East Coast Conglomerate

As part of continued business expansion and initiatives to increase processing efficiencies, Suffolk Produce Ltd made the decision to invest in brand new vegetable handling equipment from Tong Peal.

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Revolutionary Tipper Launched at BP2013

Our brand new designed Revolver box tipper was launched at British Potato and the response was overwhelming!

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Tong Peal showcase at BP2013

Tong Peal will debut its brand new suite of packhouse equipment, alongside its market leading grading and handling equipment at British Potato 2013 in Harrogate in November.

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Tong Peal Paints it Red

Tong Peal has partnered with Internationally-renowned PPG Industries to introduce a specialist exterior topcoat for all mild-steel painted equipment in its 2013 range.

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Next Generation Polishing

As part of our commitment to supplying growers and packers with an advanced range of crop handling equipment, designed with latest technology and minimal maintenance in mind, the latest offering to the market from Tong Peal, the TPS-Pro Polisher, has attracted a great deal of interest since its launch this year.

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New Crop Drying machine for 2013

To provide packhouses with a reliable and effective vegetable drying solution, Tong Peal has announced new and improved design features of its crop drying system.

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Perfect Potato Processing for Pipers Crisp Co

As part of continued factory developments to increase production and meet customer demand, Pipers Crisp Co. made the decision to invest in a custom infeed line from Tong Peal Engineering.

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Tong Peal at Potato Europe 2013

Tong Peal Engineering is once again set to showcase its latest range of processing equipment at the largest European potato exhibition this September.

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Frying high with new bespoke handling line

As a progressive processing partnership, operating to high standards in a demanding market, Mackies at Taypack made the decision to invest in a complete washing and handling line from Tong Peal Engineering.

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Open Week Launches Polisher

Tong Peal Engineering will be hosting an exclusive open week in July, to give growers and packers the opportunity to see its latest technically advanced machinery in action.

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Tong Peal at Highland Show 2013

Tong Peal Engineering will once again be on Avenue Q in the Agricultural Area at the Royal Highland Show 2013, to showcase a number of products from its 2013 range.

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Tong Peal gears up for Cereals

Tong Peal is set to showcase a number of latest products and developments from its 2013 range, including energy efficient Blue Inverter Technology, as well as its market leading Caretaker grader – fitted with EasyClean separator.

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Tong Peal Takes Care of Multiple Crop Varieties

With the need to process both bulbs and potatoes, family-run firm KW Naylor & Son decided to invest in flexible handling machinery, to separate, grade and clean high volumes of crop.

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Efficient Processing In Challenging Conditions

According to figures released by Farmers Weekly, imports of potatoes to the UK rose by almost 15% in the last quarter of 2012. This has put substantial pressure on growers and packers, who are now competing for contracts in an international marketplace.

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Our most efficient grader ever - the Caretaker 2013!

Using over 50% less energy than previous models and tests showing that the latest models can run on as little as only 18 amps of electricity, the new Caretaker 2013 is our most efficient and technically advanced graders ever.

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Tong Peal to Attend Fruit Logistica 2013

Tong Peal Engineering will be in Hall 4.1 on Stand A:17, to showcase the capabilities of its latest range of fruit and vegetable handling equipment at Messe Berlin in Berlin, Germany, between 6 – 8 February 2013.

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NEW Storemaker brings latest advancements to field-loading

To help farmers and growers combat extreme weather and challenging lifting conditions, Tong Peal has introduced a new generation mobile vegetable hopper cleaner.

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Tong Peal showcase at LAMMA 2013

Tong Peal Engineering will be on outdoor stand G27 Avenue F, showcasing the latest products from its 2013 range of vegetable grading machinery, including its new generation crop cleaning system – the EasyClean separator, which has proved invaluable to many farmers who invested in the machine this year.

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EasyClean ‘Handles’ challenging conditions

With low yields, high production costs and some of the most extreme handling conditions for well over 30 years, the harvest period has been a testing time for the UK potato industry and is the subject of much conversation at the moment!

Forward-thinking Wharton Farms in East Norfolk made the decision to upgrade their grading system in time for this years challenging season, which has meant they have been able to meet demands whatever the weather.

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Tong Peal customer Matthew Naylor blogs about new grader!

Tong Peal customer and Farmers Weekly columnist and blogger, Matthew Naylor, gives a Mouth of the Wash update on his new Tong Peal Caretaker grader.

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Tong Peal at Grampian Growers' Potato Open Day

Leading Scottish seed producer, Grampian Growers, is hosting an open day at its site in Angus on November 22.

Grampian Growers Ltd, based at Logie near Montrose, Angus, will be holding a working demonstration between 11am and 4pm, showcasing the latest developments in seed potato grading techniques.

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Interpom Primeurs for Tong Peal

Tong Peal Engineering is exhibiting its latest range of potato processing equipment at Interpom Primeurs 2012.

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High Quality Potato Processing for Bayard Distribution

With the need to process an increasing quantity of specialist salad potatoes, Bayard Distribution needed to invest in specialist handling equipment which could separate differing crop sizes, whilst grading, cleaning and keeping the potatoes in optimum condition.

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Tong Peal to attend Nordic Potato & Cultivation Show

Tong Peal Engineering is set to showcase its latest range of fruit and vegetable handling equipment at the largest potato and cultivation fair in Sweden, between 17-18 October.

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Potato Europe countdown begins!

Tong Peal is proud to be exhibiting once again at Potato Europe, on stand E02-06, to exhibit a number of new products from its 2012 range.

As well as showcasing its market leading box-filling equipment, Tong Peal will also have a working model of its market leading grader on display – The Caretaker 2012, which will be commissioned for specialist local French potato producer Bayard Distribution, just before the event.

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Potatoes in Practice for Tong Peal

Held once again at Balruddery Farm, Dundee, Potatoes in Practice is the biggest field potato event in the UK and brings together trials and research in one place making it an unmissable date in the potato industry calendar. Sponsored by the Potato Council, this 2012 event is taking place next Thursday 9th August.

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Tong Peal polishes up on the latest technological advances

With buyers and contractors increasingly demanding a higher grade of washed and polished crop to meet customer requirements for convenient, ready-to-cook fresh food products, Tong Peal are introducing a new polisher which is specifically designed to improve appearance and ensure a quality finish.

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Tong Peal Helps Leading Scottish Potato Grower Go Green

As a progressive arable farm business in Scotland operating to high standards in a demanding market, Luffness Mains has invested in a new energy efficient potato grading machine from Tong Peal Engineering.

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The Royal Highland Show for Tong Peal

Tong Peal Engineering will once again be showcasing its latest range of grading and handling equipment at the Royal Highland Show 2012.

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A Diamond Exhibit at Cereals

To mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign, Tong Peal Engineering is exhibiting its own diamond landmark at Cereals 2012, where it will be showing an original 1950’s Tong No.1 Potato Sorter alongside its latest range of robust and reliable grading and handling equipment.

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Tong Peal Announces Sponsorship of World Potato Congress

Tong Peal Engineering is delighted to announce it will be supporting the World Potato Congress 2012 in sponsoring the industry interaction day delegate lunch packs and being part of the industry interaction day visits to Luffness Mains and Robert J S Doig Ltd.

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Tong Peal Helps Scottish Grower’s Success

With increased demand for its seed crop, in August 2010, Robert Doig decided to invest in a new grading line from Tong Peal Engineering. Now, 25 months on, Mr. Doig is extremely pleased with the results.

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David Hook retires from Tong Peal Engineering

After over 21 years of service, David Hook has retired from his role as factory manager at Tong Peal Engineering. Neil Martin, who has over 25 years experience with the company has taken on the role of factory manager and is looking forward to driving the company forward into 2012 and beyond.

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Tong Peal installs bespoke vegetable grading line in Finland

Based in rural Finland, specialist vegetable farm Finne Farm grows 12 hectares of mixed root and salad crop including carrots, swede, celery, parsnips iceburg lettuce and several types of cabbage. The farm also grows over a hectare of planted onions. Tong Peal has recently supplied a bespoke handling line, capable of washing, grading, inspecting and packing multiple crops.

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Tong Peal Apprentice Wins Best in Class

Tong Peal apprentice Adam Frith has won Lincoln College’s Engineering Apprentice of the Year Award after working with the company for the past two years, whilst also studying Engineering at Lincoln College.

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Flexible Finance with Tong Peal

As part of its continued effort to increase availability of its wide range of machinery throughout the whole of the agricultural growing and packing industry, Tong Peal has introduced a highly competitive finance programme.

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Tong Peal is a Cut Above

Tong Peal is proud to announce that it has invested in its engineering process with the replacement of its former plasma cutter with a new state-of-the-art laser cutter. The new equipment will be quicker, more accurate and produce a better finish than the previous cutter.

February 2012

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Tong Peal to attend Fruit Logistica

Tong Peal Engineering will be in Hall 6.1 on Stand A:07, to showcase the capabilities of its latest range of fruit and vegetable handling equipment at Messe Berlin in Berlin, Germany, between 8 – 10 February 2012.

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Caretaker 2012 awarded Merit at LAMMA12

Tong Peal Engineering is delighted to announce that its market leading grading machine has been recognised as one of the most improved agricultural products in the UK.

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A trio of new French agents for Tong Peal

Tong Peal Engineering is delighted to announce the appointment of three new distributors in France; L.G.Distributions, Alco Team and Neoecotec, which together will ensure comprehensive availability of Tong Peal equipment throughout the whole of France.

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LAMMA Product Showcase 2012

Tong Peal Engineering will once again be showcasing its latest range of grading and handling equipment including its new generation crop cleaning system – the EasyClean separator at LAMMA 2012, on outdoor stand G27 Avenue F.

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Tong Peal launches EasyClean - the new generation cleaning system

The EasyClean is the market’s only cleaning separator to feature an electric motor on every shaft, with inverter direct drive ensuring ultimate cleaning control, gentle handling of crop and guaranteeing minimal maintenance.

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Introducing ‘sizable’ technical advancements

Tong Peal has introduced a new and innovative screen grading module which has been specifically designed to bring together the key handling principles of its trademark EasyGrade screen sizer and popular stone and clod separator.

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Tong Peal to attend British Potato 2011

Tong Peal have some exciting new product launches to be revealed alongside their product showcase planned for British Potato 2011 which takes place in Harrogate on 23rd & 24th November.

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Tong Peal launches New Side Eject Box Tipper

To ensure efficient, robust and reliable box tipping and to guarantee the handling process moves with optimum efficiency, Tong Peal, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of handling and sorting equipment for the vegetable handling industry, has introduced a new side eject box tipper.

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Potato Europe for Tong Peal

Tong Peal Engineering is exhibiting its latest range of potato processing equipment at Potato Europe 2011 in Kain, Belgium on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th September.

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Tong Peal at Potatoes in Practice

Held once again at Balruddery Farm, Dundee, Potatoes in Practice is the biggest field potato event in the UK and brings together trials and research in one place making it an unmissable date in the potato industry calendar. Sponsored by the Potato Council, the 2011 event is taking place next Thursday 11th August 2011.

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Success at Cereals & Highland Show

After a hectic few weeks with Cereals and the Royal Highland show falling only a week apart, Tong Peal were overwhelmed by the number of visitors at both shows and the great interest in our latest range of grading and handling machinery.

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Highland Show for Tong Peal

Tong Peal will be showcasing its latest 160° Box Tipper, designed to ensure complete and efficient emptying of boxes and bags, at the Royal Highland Show on 23rd - 26th June 2011.

June 2011

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Tong Peal at Cereals 2011

Tong Peal Engineering is showcasing its latest range of farm and pack house equipment at Cereals 2011 on 15th & 16th June.

May 2011

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Energy Efficiency from Tong Peal

With oil prices at an all-time high and the environment now a major item on the farming industry agenda, significant developments have been made in the design and manufacture of energy efficient washing and handling machinery.

May 2011

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Tong Peal Take Care of Scottish Grower

Scottish potato merchant, A.J. Allan have recently invested in a new grading line from Tong Peal Engineering to ensure flexible and efficient handling of bulk crop.

May 2011

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Tong Peal ‘in touch’ with the Latest Technology

The UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of handling and sorting equipment for the vegetable industry is now offering touch screen controls, memory settings, email or text alerts and remote diagnostics across its range.

April 2011

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Tong Peal Bag Filling & Weighing Solutions

With gentle and efficient handling in mind, Tong Peal offers a complete sack handling solution, which will weigh and fill bulk products in a fast and simple way.

April 2011

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Tong Peal revamps flagship Caretaker grader for 2011

Tong Peal has rejuvenated its flagship model: the Caretaker Classic. The Caretaker 2011 has been designed using the latest technical advancements, with high levels of efficiency and gentle handling in mind.

February 2011

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Potato Grading at its Best for Scottish Growers

With Tong Peal’s reputation of quality machinery spreading around the UK and worldwide, sales of potato grading equipment are continuously growing, with several potato grading lines recently installed in Scotland.

February 2011

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A Good Show had by All at LAMMA '11

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Lamma 11 was its biggest show to date with over 680 exhibitors. LAMMA got off to a flying start on its first day as farmers from around the country travelled to Newark Showground.

January 2011

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TONG PEAL LAUNCHES NEW RANGE FOR 2011

Tong Peal, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of handling and sorting equipment for the vegetable handling industry, has introduced the UK’s first combined washing and polishing vegetable cleaning system.

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Tong Peal stengthens Sales Division

Tong Peal, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of handling and sorting equipment, has strengthened its sales division with the appointment of Charlie Rich and Carole Metcalfe and with the promotion of Simon Lee.

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New tipping mechanism

New tipping mechanism: Making sure all fully emptied

A new design of tipping mechanism that ensures boxes and bags are fully emptied is introduced by Tong Peal, leading manufacturers of machinery for vegetable handling.

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New Sales appointments - October 2009

Two new sales appointments have been made by leading potato machinery manufacturers Tong Engineering — with Nick Woodcock joining the firm as UK sales manager and Simon Lee promoted to office sales manager.

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Collaborating to improve potato weighing and bagging

A new option for automation of the weighing and bagging of potatoes is being provided through a joint initiative by Tong Peal and Pacepacker Services.

The two companies are working together to offer machinery that combines the Tong Peal electronic weigher with the Total Bag Control system from Pacepacker Services – an approach that is already attracting interest from UK and abroad.

July 2009.

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Falling pound big boost for Lincolnshire machinery exports

Export demand for Tong Peal vegetable handling machinery is reaching record levels, with one order in three going abroad and interest for the first time in the United States. Following the company's largest export order worth more than £1 million to Stavropol in south western Russia, sales have been completed to South America, Australia and increasingly to central and eastern European countries.

June 2009.

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'Rock'n'roll' appealing to European carrot packers

The ‘rock’n’roll’ carrot polisher that Tong Peal introduced to the UK two years ago is finding a growing market with European packers seeking to upgrade the quality of produce for the supermarket.
The New Generation Polisher has brushes mounted in ‘U” formation and oscillates rather than rotate completely, keeping the crop in full contact with the revolving brushes.

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Machinery export success from Chile to Russia

A substantial order for vegetable handling machinery from Russia is the latest export success for Tong Peal.
Their customer Golden Niva at Stavropol in south western Russia is continuing to diversify from pig production into vegetables and looking to Tong Peal to provide machinery for cleaning, grading and packing onions, potatoes and carrots.
The machines will be operational in September and the customer is going to the expense of having the machinery delivered by road and so up to nine trucks will be leaving Lincolnshire for the two-week haul. Due to the size of the crop reception hoppers, two special trucks will be used needing appropriate dispensations as they pass through each country en route.

April 2009.

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Extending brush polishing to smaller growers

A new ‘economy’ version of the vegetable brush polisher is being introduced by Tong Peal for the smaller pre packer. Last year the company introduced a new generation of brush polishers, reducing the cost of providing the bright finish to carrots, parsnips and potatoes that appeals to supermarket customers.

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Taking the Drop out of Filling Boxes

We have just introduced a new model of the Easy-fill box filler using ‘finger’ belts to eliminate drop. Introduction of the finger belts — the first on a UK manufactured box filler — is a further advance in gentle handling of the crop to eliminate damage. The technique has been pioneered on the compact model, the Micro-fill, where the potatoes descend at a steeper angle into the box. Now the finger belts are being introduced to the standard Easy-fill range, eliminating the need for the hoods to hold back the
crop.

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Optical sorting a 'win win' for potatoes

The hi-tech optical sorting of potatoes at the Branston packhouse near Lincoln is bringing all-round gains not only for the company and its customers but also for growers.

Branston, one of the UK’s leading potato marketing and packing companies, invested £2 million in an advanced grading system using colour and infra-red technology to identify surface defects on potatoes from scab and scurf to bruising, greening, mechanical damage and rots.

Anxious to use the latest technology to maintain a competitive advantage — but equally to handle the crop with a delicate touch — they turned to a leading manufacturer of fresh fruit sorting equipment to develop a system for potatoes.

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What a Whopper!

November 2008.
The largest ever hopper manufactured by vegetable handling specialists Tong Engineering, capable of handling 70 tonnes of potatoes an hour, has been supplied to a French farmer.

The hopper has a holding capacity of 30 tonnes, which is 10 tonnes more than the largest model previously sold, and has been installed on a farm near Dieppe which grows more than 250 hectares (618 acres) of salad potatoes.

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Spilsby Factory Expands as Merger Completed

With the new merged company Tong Peal officially trading from April 1 2005, the manufacturing of vegetable handling machinery is being concentrated at the Spilsby factory. More than £200,000 has been spent already in expanding the stores, design office and storage area, and with a work force of 130 the firm is busy meeting buoyant orders for its products. When the merger between Tong Engineering and Peal Engineering was announced in November, no redundancies were envisaged and with the exception of employees who have opted to retire the whole of the Peal workforce has now moved to Spilsby.

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Frying high with new bespoke handling line

As a progressive processing partnership, operating to high standards in a demanding market, Mackies at Taypack made the decision to invest in a complete washing and handling line from Tong Peal Engineering.

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Onion Grading at Elveden Farms

To keep abreast of the industry and maintain the high quality of their produce, Elveden Farms approached Lincolnshire based engineering company Tong Peal to create a complete onion grading system.

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