With this US expansion, Wootzano – which won New Company of the Year at the inaugural BUSINESSiQ Awards – aims to help solve the workforce’s problems in the fresh produce packing halls and create job opportunities in the technology sector.
The cutting-edge technology uses powerful AI and computer vision technologies that allow the robots to learn and improve over time. Avarai can handle perishable fresh produce gently, ensuring minimal food loss through the embedded electronic wrapper.
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“We are pleased to announce our expansion into the United States.” Atif Syed, CEO and Founder of Wootzano.
“Our team is committed to delivering exceptional customer experiences and driving growth in this dynamic market. Together with our US partner, we look forward to making a positive impact and bringing new levels of sustainability and quality to the fresh produce industry.”
The partnership is the joint effort of many organizations including the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation and the British Consulate General – San Francisco.
Lee Ann Eager, President and CEO of Fresno County Economic Development Corporation, said, “As the largest agricultural county in the United States, our region is a magnet for innovative commercial solutions.” We represent 1% of US arable land, yet produce a quarter of the world’s food supply country. We are constantly looking for leading-edge technologies to meet the needs of the industry and provide solutions to upskill workers and increase productivity.
“Wootzano’s technology fits our regional needs perfectly. We worked tirelessly with Dr. Syed and his team worked together to provide a comprehensive introduction to the US in terms of locations, partners and institutions. We look forward to continuing to support Wootzano as their technology transforms the packaging industry.”
Joe White, British Consul General in San Francisco and Tech Ambassador to the US, said: “We are delighted to support Wootzano as it expands into the US. We’re excited to see British technology driving innovation in the US. Emerging agricultural technologies like Wootzano’s fully integrated robotic packaging system, Avarai, are critical to boosting resilience, accelerating sustainable growth and promoting food security.”
“The US is Britain’s largest retail partner with a combined trade value of more than £279 billion last year,” added Export Secretary Lord Offord.
“It is excellent news that Wootzano is expanding into the United States and building on our strong trading relationships by exporting its innovative products, thereby helping create jobs, pay higher wages and grow our economy.”
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/23706368.wootzano-launches-usa-operation-avarai-robotic-system/?ref=rss Wootzano starts US operations with Avarai robotic system