Every July, the blueberry season starts. Local blueberries will finally be available again in the trade. In order to preserve the high quality of the fruits after the harvest and so that the berries arrive fresh at the consumer's, it is crucial to store the fruits gently and under optimal climatic conditions.
The perforation of the berry containers is of particular importance. The openings in the bottom and side walls of the container should not be too large for the small berries, but still ensure adequate ventilation. Gerold Wilms from bekuplast explains: "Our blueberry containers are designed to circulate the air perfectly and are ideal for long-term storage of blueberries in CA and ULO warehouses."
For many years, the manufacturer from the Lower Saxony rings supplies many growers of blueberries with its containers. "The optimal air circulation in these containers allows wet and wet berries to dry during storage, allowing the moisture to evaporate and prevent the formation of mold." In addition, the berries are cooled quickly and evenly thanks to the very good air circulation in the CA or ULO bearings. For pallet-wise stacking in the warehouse, the containers are particularly strong; they can withstand loads of up to 450 kg in the container stack.
"By using the right container, the freshness can be significantly extended so that quality blueberries can be marketed even in the high-price season in the fall," says Wilms, whose customers already have many positive experiences with this container.
The containers for berries can be used for harvesting and storage. With a height of 90 or 100 mm, they are particularly flat, to prevent crushing by too many fruits within the container. Optionally, the containers are also available with a central divider, which prevents rolling of the berries. "In addition to this, the containers have no sharp edges that can damage the fruit, the smooth surfaces are easy to clean and hygienic," Wilms concludes.
The bekuplast GmbH team at Fruit Logistica (l.t.r.): Jörg Kampherbeek, Jürgen Schultz, Melissa Zwartscholten, Georld Wilms, Grzergorz Czajkowski.