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Worldwide Fruit to use pioneering Softripe technology

Worldwide Fruit is the first in the UK to use pioneering fruit ripening technology. The new system will be used for ripening avocados. Ripening the fruit in optimal conditions provided by the technology helps to shorten the overall process. JD Cooling of King’s Lynn will be installing six Softripe chambers and two new heat recovery chillers at the Wardentree Lane site.

The award-winning Softripe technology will provide a better quality and tasting fruit, and with a 40 per cent shorter ripening cycle when compared to conventional ripening, energy efficiencies and overall through-put.

Softripe measures and adapts the gas concentration levels and air temperature throughout the ripening process and adjusts these accordingly during ripening.

Examples of the so-called “super-cados” were showcased last week at Fruit Logistica 2020 in Berlin, recognised as the global stage for the latest innovations, products and services in the international fresh produce trade.

James Tumber, specialist services director at JD Cooling, said: “The first in our country, this evolutionary new Softripe system is a leap forward for the UK fruit market. Results and consumer feedback from trials have been outstanding, with Softripe avocados testing better than conventionally ripened ones across the board from taste, texture, quality consistency and shelf-life.”

“This contract is also a true demonstration of our group’s ability to provide a full, in-house solution as well as 24/7 365 days a year support to make it easier for the customer.”


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