On average, the Tshwane Fresh Produce Market sells about R15 million (€935,000) in produce every day. Banana sales account for 11% of this figure. About 1.3 million kilograms of bananas are processed weekly by the state of the art banana ripening facility. This facility is responsible for the distribution of bananas to sales outlets nationally and all over Africa.
To drive this process reliably, the Centre selected Johnson Controls’ YORK YVWA chillers.
Francois Knowles, Deputy Director Commercial Services: “The Banana Ripening Centre provides a critical service to farmers, acting as a staging facility and platform for banana sales. Our highest priority is ensuring 24×7 uninterrupted service. Maintaining a constantly chilled environment to ensure staged ripening of the fruit is crucial. With growing volumes of produce moving through the market -turnover reached R3 billion (€187 mln) in the 2016/17 financial year- this contributed to the need to upgrade our ageing banana cooling equipment. We chose the Johnson Controls York YVWA chillers for their reliability, ease of control, as well as their potential to drive operational savings.”