22 April 2022
Manufacturer celebrates innovation accolade

UK designer and manufacturer of vegetable handling equipment, Haith, has been awarded its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category.

Haith has been recognised for developing its Rota-Tip box tipping system. First manufactured in 2011, the Rota-Tip Up-Eject transfers potatoes and other vegetables onto washing, sizing and packing lines.

It is the second Haith machine to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation. The company’s Root Veg Polisher was recognised in 2010.

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Managing Director Duane Hill said: “Today’s recognition is excellent news for our team, a reward for their hard work, and a testimony to our customers who involve us in their businesses and trust us to develop solutions to enhance their business. Everyone at Haith is very proud to be recognised by the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for a second time.”

Haith’s Rota-Tip Up-Eject was designed at the request of food packers and processors who experienced oil leaks, high energy use and instability when using traditional hydraulic box tipplers. Haith innovated the design by replacing the hydraulic motors with all-electric drives, which use less power and prevent oil leaks. Haith also developed a new, safer, and more effective rotating system that can handle larger box volumes than older designs. 

Since introducing the Up-Eject system, Haith has sold more than 180 machines to most of the UK’s leading food suppliers and exported them to Europe, Japan, Israel, Canada and the United States. In the UK, Duane estimates that 95% of the UK’s supermarket potato suppliers use the Haith Rota-tip.

Now in its 56th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the Queen’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.

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