Posted on January 6, 2015

Digitalizing Quality Control

At HDG we are always busy looking for ways to serve our customers better. Be it increasing the knowledge of our staff in the area of fruits and vegetables or improvements in the area of technology, we always try to take a leap forward. Due to recent developments in the sector and the increasing number of countries in which we operate, we had an IT partner create a digital quality platform exactly matching our needs and the needs of our clients. This, in turn, benefits the exchange of information in the supply chain and leaves no doubts about the quality of the produce.

This digital solution is not only meant to facilitate increased efficiency, quality and speed of processing QC results, but also enables us or our clients to carry out specific analyses. The system is easy to use. The program can import the available packing lists either manually or automatically. The results of the quality inspections are being entered in the system right then and there by means of a tablet and matched with the respective photographs and temperature recorders. Quality controls can be carried out based on different factors: exporter/brand, container, grower and type of packaging. The outcome of each inspection can be directly linked to warehouse management systems, making the information available to all parties right away. The output of the system consists of a summary, as well as a detailed overview for suppliers and producers. Concerning the visuals, the program can show the results based on the wishes of the customer (for example, based on color and quality scores).

All data generated can be statistically put into practice, meaning that by pressing one button the results can easily be analyzed. These analyses can be used to provide growers with product related information that may help to make decisions regarding crop management or provide insights on their post-harvest treatments. With this in place, the system allows one to determine at which point in time the quality of the produce deviated accordingly. This is not only very important information for the producer, but eventually also for the consumer.We are currently busy introducing this system personally with our clients. If you are interested in our services, please get in touch through +31(0)10- 2441414 or qc@hdg.nl.


Posted on December 19, 2014

Holidays are coming

Who is not excited about Christmas?! Now that the holidays are coming, the days are getting shorter and colder, chocolate consumption rockets and love is all around. We at HDG can’t wait for Christmas to come! We wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Have a good one!


Posted on December 15, 2014
Never stop improving.

Never stop improving

Never stop improving – with this being an important motto at HDG, 7 of our colleagues from HDG | the fruit consultants and HDG Services participated in an post-harvest technology course of the University of Wageningen this October. The institution is known for its scientific knowledge and research in the area of storing and handling fruits and vegetables and all associated technical developments such as Controlled Atmosphere, packaging and cooling technology.

A vast variety of topics were discussed and our staff very much enjoyed the information they were able to gather. But there was more: besides classes being given at the University itself, the group also went on a field trip and visited several companies, including a trader in fruit and vegetables, a cold store and a company specialized in packaging technology. All in all a very successful 4-day course to move yet another step ahead.