OAL's automation software protects French imports


Maître Prunille, based in France, supplies dried fruit and nut products to a number of major UK retailers, including Marks and Spencer (M&S).

They have three manufacturing sites employing 542 employees producing 50,000 tonnes of processed fruit a year.

Maître Prunille's challenges

In 2009, Maître Prunille’s UK agents Univeg UK highlighted the need for the company to comply with retailers' codes of practice relating to ensuring products are packaged and labelled correctly.

The need for label and date code verification was of high importance because some of Maître Prunille’s products contain allergens, for example, nuts.

Maître Prunille also didn’t want to risk jeopardising their strong relationships with UK retailers because of a product recall related to a label or date code error. As such, a system was needed to ensure packaging and labelling were correct on their dried fruit and nut products.

Univeg UK recommended OAL because their technical manager had previous experience with the OAL system whilst she was at UK-based food manufacturer.

How automation solved their challenges

OAL first deployed autocoding in 2009 at Maître Prunille’s largest site, Casseneuil responsible for 70% of their total production, specialising in soft fruit and prunes.

Since 2009 the system has now been rolled out to Maître Prunille’s two other sites at Vitrolles and Saint Quentin du Dropt and the relationship has been extended to provide assistance and consultancy during retailer audits.

OAL’s Autocoding system is multilingual, so during normal operation, the system is in French but when specific users login it reverts to English, useful for retailer site audits and technical support. Many system actions are driven through pictures making operator training quick and easy.

Having used the system before, I felt I could recommend OAL Autocoding because it meets the compliance requirements and importantly it’s easy to use and set-up.
— Myriam Payan, Technical Manager Univeg UK Ltd


Maître Prunille has successfully prevented any label and date code errors with OAL’s Autocoding system and have full compliance with UK retailers codes of practice.

Lauren Moir