Seed packing

Once the seed has gone through our own diagnostic and testing procedures, it is ready for the packing department.

The approximately 360 items are – depending on customers wishes – packed in up to 15 different packages weighing between 1 g and 50 kg.  The average amount packaging required per unit is calculated on the basis of the sales of the previous three years. A detailed packaging plan is then worked out taking account of the available seed, where it comes from and of course the amount of labour needed. A separate packaging request is made for each seed batch (differing origin).

Thanks to the operation of an internal bar code system which provides each batch of seed with a code number, there is uninterrupted traceability from the seed producer through to the customer.  When the seed is taken out of our temperature controlled store room it is ready for packing either by hand or using a semi or entirely automated system.  Packing by hand is done together with residents of the Bingenheim life community. People with special needs are able to help with the work by for instance sealing bags, sticking on labels or filling packets.

It is not possible to pack many of the large seeds or the bigger packets using the fully automatic packing machine.  More than half of all the packing is done by hand and that requires many busy hands to do the weighing, filling and sealing. A semi-automatic packing machine is used for larger seeds like spinach or beans. If more than 300 packs are being filled per batch it is quicker and less costly to use the fully automatic machine. We regularly reach this figure when supplying varieties in small packets to health food shops. 

Give away promotions using special packaging can be quickly prepared in this way too.