Van Amerongen specialises in CA/ULO technology for storing fruit and vegetables. The company has been conditioning small and large cold stores across the world for over 40 years and has in-depth knowledge about fruit storage. Van Amerongen has been active in the Australian and New Zealand markets for many years working with a partner, but when the owner of the partner company retired a last year Van Amerongen bought the business and set up in Victoria.
Ramzi Amari, moved over to Australia from The Netherlands to manage the new branch, “In Australia we mostly work with apples and pears and in New Zealand with apples and kiwifruit. The main difference in fruit storage over here compared with Europe is that here it is stored with a higher percentage of CO2 and O2, in the Netherlands we store it at below 1%, here it is typically 2%”
Ramzi explains that in both Australia and New Zealand there is growing interest in dynamic storage, where the system looks at how the fruit is respirating and automatically adjusts the CO2 and O2 levels. This method has been commonly used in Europe for a few years now. “Dynamic storage keeps the fruit at an optimum dormancy which will increase shelf life. There is a fine line between dormancy and damaging the fruit, if levels are too low the fruit will start to ferment and will be spoiled.
“Dynamic storage is not unique to Van Amerongen, but the delivery is different as we look at how the fruit is respiring and calculate what the optimum based on the complete storage room, not just a sample of fruit from the room."
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