Massive fruit processing equipment auction scheduled

Massive fruit processing equipment auction scheduled


Fruit processing and packaging equipment at a former Seneca Foods facility in Modesto, Calif., will be sold during a series of online auctions.

The facility, used for packaging and warehousing the company’s peach and fruit cocktail products, was closed this year because of overseas competition, decreasing supply of fruit from the area and other reasons, Seneca officials said in February when the decision to close the plant was announced.

More than 5,000 of pieces of equipment will be sold during six days of auctions. According to a news release from New Mill Capital, equipment includes optical sorting lines, can filling and seaming lines, can cooker coolers, and other processing equipment in what was “one of the largest single location fruit processing and packaging operations in the world.”

New Mill Capital is an asset acquisition and disposition firm specializing in food and beverage plant auctions.

Auction dates are Oct. 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31, and Nov. 1. Interested buyers can inspect the equipment by appointment Oct. 15-29, according to the release.

“Now that the dates are set, we want to give all interested parties an opportunity to tour the plant,” Eric Weiler, principal of New Mill Capital, said in the release. “The full sale catalog can now be reviewed online and we’re taking inspections by appointment prior to the public inspection dates.”

For more information, visit Schneider Industries and New Mill Capital.

“This is the biggest sale ever in the fruit processing and canning space,” Dan Rosenthal, chief operating officer of Schneider Industries,” said in the release. “We’ve had interest from operations around the world and certainly expect strong participation."

Schneider Industries markets and auctions equipment and commercial real estate.