UK distributor named to bring back Herbert veg processing equipment

Netherlands-based equipment supplier Herbert Engineering has appointed VPM, part of the Vogal Group, as exclusive UK distributor of its fresh produce handling systems.

Image: Mark Levisay (CC BY 2.0)
Image: Mark Levisay (CC BY 2.0)

The Peterborough-based engineering firm will now support Herbert Engineering on the standardization of processes and will be responsible for sales and support for the UK market.

"Herbert Engineering and VPM have been working hard to improve the service to its clients and to revitalise its markets where possible," the Dutch company said in a statement.

Wisbech, Cambridgeshire-based R J Herbert Engineering went into administration last July, with the administrator blaming "difficult market conditions in the agricultural sector".

In November the design rights and intellectual property to the Herbert range were bought by the company's former subsidiary Herbert BV, with manufacturing being moved to the Netherlands.

The company will use next month's Fruit Logistica show in Berlin to launch its newest state-of-the-art sorting machine, the Oculus 1000. The VPM team will also be present at the show.


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