Berry Gardens Ltd has been one of the mainstays of the UK produce sector for the last 50 years, but the soft fruit marketer’s transition into Driscoll’s UK following its acquisition in November 2022 marked the beginning of a whole new chapter for the company.

At JBT Proseal, we have been proud to support Berry Gardens Ltd over the past 17 years, providing efficient, reliable, high-speed tray and punnet sealing systems that have helped give the business a competitive edge. Providing support for everything from multi-line, large-scale packhouses to small, one-machine growers, Proseal has long worked as a valued partner for Berry Gardens.

Berry Gardens: tray-sealing in action

This partnership, built on big wins for both companies, has been decades in the making. Berry Gardens now counts on a fleet of GT2 tray sealing systems (pictured below), ranging from 17 to one-two years old. The newer GT2s are notable for fast throughput of up to 120 packs per minute, combined with rapid tool-changing and a space-saving compact design.

Offering unbeatable reliability- even after almost two decades in production- the oldest GT2 machines are still fully supported by Proseal and diligently maintained by the site’s engineering team.

It is this breadth of Proseal support and understanding, that has been critical during the transition
phase of Berry Gardens Ltd to Driscoll’s. This has also been helped immensely by Driscoll’s Europe already being a Proseal customer (supported by our distributor Sismatec B.V.) with multiple installations in Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

David McCormack, Head of Packaging for Driscoll’s UK said: “Having worked with the team at Proseal for over 15 years now, it is fair to say together we have seen the highs and lows! Throughout everything, I have always known that help was never more than a phone call away.”

“Over the 17 years working together with Berry Gardens, our two companies have grown up together,” says Proseal Key Accounts Manager, Daryl Henshaw. “I believe Berry Gardens originally began their journey with Proseal due to our competitive machinery offering and outright speed advantage, but those driving factors soon changed once Berry Gardens understood the level of Support and Reactivity we could offer. It’s these traits that have come to define us as a company and have served to strengthen our partnership with Berry Gardens, year on year, line by line.

”We look forward to continuing to be a trusted partner in the years ahead as Berry Gardens Ltd embark on a whole new chapter at Driscoll’s”

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