"In recent years, there has been a significant growth in consumer demand for 'ready to eat' products, particularly tropical fruits and kiwi fruit. This trend reflects an increasing desire to reduce waste and ensure higher quality in food products. In response to this growing need, FCE has spent several years developing advanced facilities for controlled and programmed ripening, specifically designed to provide products that are ready for immediate consumption," says Luca Buglia, FCE's export manager for the fruit and vegetable sector. Says Luca Buglia, export manager of Fruit Control Equipment (FCE).
"These cells are designed to precisely regulate, automatically, critical parameters such as temperature, humidity, ventilation and gas concentrations according to the type of product to be ripened," he continues. The significant advantage of this technology is the ability to ripen the quantities of product required by the market quickly and uniformly at any given time.
It's a very export-oriented company, with about 60-70% of its turnover achieved across borders and about 60 countries where it counts its customers. The affiliation with Cermac is a confirmation of this export propensity. "The situation abroad is more dynamic. In recent months we have received feedback from both Europe and Asia, particularly India."
Fruit Control Equipments (FCE) is known for its Dynamic Modified Atmosphere cell storage system. With this storage technique, for example, important physiopathologies, like fusty sediment in the case of pome fruits, are prevented by dynamically changing the oxygen (O2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) percentages.
One of the aspects that is now taking the spotlight is that related to consumption. "For several years now, we have been moving toward increasingly efficient solutions and machines that consume less, so when faced with the energy crisis of this period, that is why we were not unprepared. Over the past year, in fact, there has been increasing attention on this aspect, and we have implemented state-of-the-art solutions," continued Buglia.
In addition, in recent times more and more companies have been asking for tools to sanitize the air inside storage cells. "In this regard, we propose an ionizer (Ionny) that knocks down the bacterial load without leaving any residue, as the ionized oxygen (O+; O-) interacts with the cell membranes of microorganisms, allowing us to lengthen the shelf life of fruit and vegetables without any contraindications for the environments or personnel," concluded the manager.
The company will be exhibiting at Fruit Attraction at the Cermac stand (10B06).