The Best Gourmet Food Chopper on the Planet
Gourmet food pickers from around the world have been using these high-tech vehicles to pick up the groceries they need for their families, but for some, it is becoming a hassle.
With an estimated $1.8 trillion market in Canada alone, grocery shopping is one of the fastest growing industries in Canada.
And as a result, the government has been investing in a lot of these vehicles, and they are taking a lot longer to arrive.
But for some farmers, it has been the equivalent of a slow-moving freight train.
“It’s just a mess, and it’s been that way for years,” said Terry Reis, who owns a small operation that operates in the eastern Alberta town of Wood Buffalo.
Reis has been using the gourmet foods chopper since the beginning of the year, and is in the process of purchasing a second one.
He has installed the technology, but it takes a lot more time and energy than it seems.
“I’ve been operating it for two weeks, and I’m already about halfway through the second one,” he said.
Reisen has a busy schedule.
The chopper picks up everything from fresh produce to processed meats, and even frozen dairy products.
Reises farm is in a remote area with a population of about 4,000, but he is a big fan of the technology.
“They’re getting there and they’re getting better and better,” he added.
The problem is that most of the time, Reis said he’s not sure when the trucks will arrive.
“The truck stops, the trailer stops, and then you have to wait for it to pick it up again,” he explained.
But when he finally does get the chopper he is greeted with a giant mess.
He said he has spent an average of five to six hours in his farm’s parking lot every morning to wait, and he has yet to see the trucks.
Rees is currently the only farmer in Wood Buffalo who has been able to keep up with the delivery.
“You’re always thinking, what could it be that we need, what might it be we can get for free?
And the trucks have been arriving so fast,” he admitted.
“But we’ve still got a lot to do before the trucks can be loaded and loaded into the truck.”
Reis and other farmers have complained about the slow delivery time to their markets, and have begun to petition the provincial government to speed up the delivery of the choppers.
Reys farm has been operating since 2015, and has grown from a few hundred acres to about 1,000 acres.
He says that he has already spent $100,000 in construction and $400,000 on equipment upgrades.
Reising has started to complain about the delays.
“We’ve spent a lot, a lot on equipment and it seems like the trucks are coming every day, every couple of weeks,” he complained.
“So I guess we have to ask the government to make the trucks more efficient.”
However, Reises complaints may not be the end of the story.
The province is also working on a pilot project that could see the purchase of more than 100 choppers to pick produce up to 2,500 kilograms.
“For a lot that has to be done, we can’t really afford to not do it,” said Reis.
The pilot project is expected to take about five years to complete, but is expected cost $1 billion.
“What we’re doing is we’re using the technology to automate what would be an awful lot of manual labor,” said Jim Leavitt, the director of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which is spearheading the pilot project.
“Our goal is to get the cost down to a point where you could say it’s affordable,” Leavit said.
“And the more the cost falls below $1 million, the more we can invest in it.”
While the pilot is in its early stages, Leavits office said the cost will likely drop down to between $600,000 and $700,000 per vehicle.
That could allow farmers to make some more progress on the delivery issue.
“When we get there, I think we will be able to show the Canadian market that this is the technology that’s going to deliver good value for Canadians,” said Leavitz.
“That’s a win-win for all parties involved.”
While some farmers are happy with the technology and have no qualms about paying for it, others have voiced concerns about the technology’s safety.
The G-rated chopper is equipped with an alarm system that can be activated if a farmer feels the chopping is not working properly.
The technology is also designed to detect food poisoning and other potential problems before they occur.
But many farmers are worried about the safety of the devices, and say they are not adequately tested or monitored.
“There’s been a lot about safety and there’s been some about cost and some about