Bedford Industries Introduces New Produce Automation

WORTHINGTON, Minn. – Bedford Industries will introduce Tag Tyer™, its new produce automation solution, for the first time during The Global Produce & Floral Show, Oct. 27 – 29 in Orlando, Florida.

The revolutionary machine was designed to eliminate hand application of twist ties, tags and Bedford’s own Bib Ties®. Automating the tag-tying process saves growers 2-5 seconds of labor per item, requiring fewer people to harvest more produce. The new produce identification solution also achieves a material savings of 2 or more inches of tie per bunch, depending on commodity and bunch size. Growers can have their annual estimated savings calculated by sending a sample of their bunches to Bedford for testing.

To operate, a field worker simply places the fresh produce item on the tray and can return to other tasks while the machine bundles, ties, and advances the item to the next step in the harvesting process. The Tag Tyer also enables in-field date coding and traceability.

A prototype of the machine underwent in-field testing last spring, which demonstrated successful operation in both the field and packing shed environments. Tag Tyer machines will be customizable to meet growers’ specific packaging needs.

“The demand for produce automation is high, especially with the widespread labor shortages we’re seeing across the country today,” said Bedford President Jay Milbrandt. “Growing environments present very unique challenges to developing automation solutions. I’m proud of our engineering team that accepted the challenge and built a machine with growers’ unique needs in mind.”

Tag Tyer is just one groundbreaking ag automation solution Bedford has been researching and developing. Many of the engineers that worked on the Tag Tyer will be at The Global Produce & Floral Show and would be happy to discuss the possibilities the machine has to offer, as well as other automation needs.


Bedford Industries is a global leader in designing, developing, manufacturing, and distributing twist ties, bendable components, packaging reclosures, and compatible machinery, along with ElastiTag® and CloseIt®  closures for the bakery, produce, coffee, and medical markets. Headquartered in Worthington, Minn., its 400+ employees also provide services such as printing expertise, elastomer integration, adhesive technology and custom product development.