Finland: Kesko Food opens new banana ripening facility
Kesko Food opens a new banana ripening facility in Hakkila, Vantaa,
today. The energy-saving heat economy control system guarantees that
bananas available for K-food store customers will be of higher quality
than ever. The ripening facility is the third one in Europe based on
the corresponding technology.
Over 20 million kilos of bananas are bought from K-food stores
annually. In the future, all bananas sold at K-food stores will
ripe in the new facility in Vantaa. In addition to Chiquita, K-food
stores mainly sell Fairtrade bananas and Rico, the K-Group's private
When arriving to Finland, bananas are green and unripe. They have
been allowed to grow in their native soil for about nine months before
having been loaded into ships for transportation. The ripening process
takes some 4-8 days. When bananas ripen, they generate some heat and
The greatest advantage of the ripening facility is its reliability.
While ripening is highly automated, most of the work is related to
filling and emptying the rooms. The facility saves energy as it is
tighter than old ones and the fans are more adjustable. Improved
air circulation makes bananas ripen and colour more evenly.
The new facility has 18 ripening rooms, which can take a total
of 688 banana pallets or 37,152 boxes. The total size of hall is
approximately 1,100 m². The new facility increases the banana ripening
capacity of Kesko Food by about 30 percent. The ripening facility has
been manufactured by Koeltechniek Dorenbos of Netherlands.
Ari Akseli, Vice President, Commerce
Kesko Food Ltd, tel. +358 1053 23456
Tarja Jukkara, Purchasing Director
Kesko Food Ltd, tel. +358 1053 28771
Jorma Niinimäki, Terminal Manager, Keslog Ltd
tel. +358 1053 27060.