9 March 2023
Ridder’s robotics partner MetoMotion has signed on a multi-year agreement with Dutch tomato grower RedStar for the purchase of multiple MetoMotion’s Greenhouse Robotics Worker (GRoW).
RedStar started harvesting with the GRoW robot in 2022 and is now scaling its usage with purchase of the robots covered in this agreement. The plan is to reach full commercial site usage by the end of 2023. The adoption of agricultural robots in RedStar’s greenhouses reflects fundamental changes affecting greenhouse globally, including rising labor and energy costs. RedStar is transitioning to precision harvesting and data driven production practices.
“We are excited to expand our relationship with RedStar which continues to demonstrate its commitment to using AI and data driven solutions within its greenhouses.” says Adi Nir, CEO of MetoMotion “We see commercial harvesting of tomatoes as the first of many steps that we are taking together and look forward to strengthening our partnership in the future.”
“At RedStar we recognize the unprecedented challenges facing the industry today and the need for data driven solutions for precision harvesting.” Says Ryan Muradin, Manager ICT at RedStar. “RedStar views this agreement as another important step as we move to sustainable farming.”
The agreement was signed with the support of Ridder, MetoMotion’ s strategic partner in the Netherlands. “The investment from RedStar in robotic harvesting is a step into the future of the autonomous greenhouse. Step by step, robots will become indispensable to guarantee business continuity,” says Joep van den Bosch, Chief Strategy Officer at Ridder.
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