Nova Scotia, Canada

Scotian Gold gets $900,000 loan to improve Honeycrisp storage

The Canadian federal government is giving Scotian Gold a $900,000 loan to expand its controlled atmosphere storage room for Honeycrisp apples.

The additional space (about 15,000 ft2 more on top of Scotian Gold’s current storage capacity of 150,000 ft2) means it can hold an extra 100,000 bushels of Honeycrisps.

The storage system removes oxygen and adds carbon dioxide to keep apples fresher about three months longer than it can now. That is the current process, but Scotian Gold president and CEO David Parrish says the new system is improved and more energy-efficient: “It has newer technology that is going to allow us to store the apples for an even longer period than we have in the past."

Honeycrisps are the local apple industry’s most valuable commodity

Parrish said growers are planting more Honeycrisp orchards, and the new space will help hold the increased volume, while enabling Scotian Gold to ship fresh fruit longer. “We currently run out in late spring, so this will allow us to continue on later into the season, and provide more work for our employees.”

According to an article on¸ he expects that the packing season for employees will increase by 20 days. It will also provide a competitive advantage for the co-op in the export and domestic markets because it provides more apples to customers for longer for more of the year.

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