Pacific Tomato Growers

Linx improves Pacific Tomato's growing reputation

Florida based Pacific, prides itself with superior packaging abilities, but the company needed coders that could provide clean, legible codes in order to keep track of tomato-package freshness.

Pacific’s original coding method was by roller wheel, which the company says didn’t print as legibly and constantly required ink. In addition, as the company’s Director of Packing Operations/food safety and security

David Bagley explains, “You must have a lot of numbers and letters on hand to change each coding wheel when there’s a grower change to make.”

The company was recommended the Linx 4900 Continuous Ink Jet printer by Linx’s US distributor, Diagraph, an ITW Company, with whom Pacific has a long-term relationship. “We tried other clamshell coders, but we found the Linx printers easier to operate, with little or no maintenance,” David Bagley adds.

Today, Pacific has installed at least 15 Linx 4900 printers at various locations. Bagley says the result has been lower costs in terms of ink savings versus the previous coding methods and less labour.

The codes can be changed with the touch of a few keystrokes, an important benefit, as Pacific’s packing lines can be changed over frequently from one product to another. The improved code quality also presents Pacific to customers in a sunnier light.

Linx improves Pacific Tomato’s growing reputation Florida based Pacific Tomato Growers is using Linx Printing Technologies’ 4900 Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) printers to deliver a cost-effective method of applying more precise, quality codes onto its primary packaging.

“The main reason we chose Linx is because the codes are clear and concise, and they instill confidence in the tomatoes we’re selling,” explains David Bagley.

Pacific codes the clamshells for tracking and tracing purposes, a process the company implemented upon installing the Linx printers. “ We have gained customers due to the code clarity and improved legibility of the package sell-by dates ” explains David Bagley.

Pacific has already begun to enjoy a return on its ink-jet printer investment. “We’ve seen a payback already in traceability alone,” concludes David Bagley. “It’s the reason why we have more business.”