Gadus, a Belgium-based fish processor and Valka, have signed an agreement to implement a new cutting system at Gadus to portion salmon and whitefish fillets. The new system will significantly enhance Gadus’ flexibility with respect to multi-species processing. With this technology, Gadus will be able to focus more on product development with their partners and offer many new portion types to the market. The companies will install and launch the system later this month.

Strong retail integration and focus on new product development

Gadus, known for its top-quality fish products, has recently responded to changing market demands by embarking on a transformation process and articulating a long-term company vision. As part of that work, Gadus examined its value chain and built a solid relationship with some international food retailers. With its new portioning system, Gadus will further strengthen that bond by moving closer to shoppers and offering products they demand.

Optimizing and innovating

Always quick to adapt to market changes, Gadus is now forging ahead. With its new robot-controlled portioning system in place, the company will be able to better utilize each fillet, enabling it to offer novel product types that would be difficult or impossible to produce otherwise. The new system can cut any angled or curved pattern, optimizing the use of each fish. For example, in addition to cutting several fixed-weight retail portions from a salmon fillet, the system can simultaneously cut numerous small, cubed poke portions from the belly and tail parts, formerly a highly labor-intensive task. Previous systems could only cut parallel lines.

Transformational flexibility

“We are grateful for the trust Gadus has placed in Valka and our capability to develop and implement disruptive technology that will serve their objective to deliver outstanding products,” says Daniel Niddam, area sales manager at Valka. “Gadus delivers only the best products from select raw materials, and we are proud to play a part in that.”

“We are pleased with this contract with Valka and very excited to make the most of the solution Valka is delivering,” adds Philip Duyck, CEO of Gadus. “This plays a key role in our transformation plans and our ability to secure long-term contracts with our retail partners. Also, it is great to see that the teams have been working together in a very efficient way despite the Covid 19 situation. A big thank you to the Valka team for their great collaboration and effort.