The correct post-harvest management of avocados, one of the fruits with the highest demand worldwide, is essential to ensure that the product reaches its destination at its optimum ripening point. Green West, a Colombian company specialized in the export of this fruit, has opted for the expansion of its refrigerated warehouses to control the deterioration of avocados and avoid the loss of quality after harvesting.
Jhon Mejia, the manager of the maintenance area of Green West and the man responsible for the processes that improve the quality of the fruits, stated in an interview that the Californian tunnel and Refridcol's refrigerated warehouses had allowed them to increase their storage capacity from two containers to five containers.
The avocado is a climacteric fruit, which means it has to be harvested in a state of physiological maturity to achieve the right flavor and consistency characteristics. Hence, having an adequate post-harvest process is essential.
“One of the most gratifying improvements we achieved in this process was to have avocados with a dry matter of 21 and 22; now that we have this service we can enter the fruit into the tunnel, drop the pulp's temperature to 5 or 6 ° C to preserve the quality of the product for a much longer time," Mejia pointed out.
He also said that this development had allowed them to increase the frequency of shipments. "Previously, we used to ship one container a week. Now, with the tunnel, we can make 3 or 4 shipments per week."