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“Investment effort started by shortage of coolant”

Prices for synthetic coolants started rising considerably last year as a result of reduced availability. More and more companies dare to take the step of replacing their current cooling installation. This is already resulting in longer wait times. “We’ve noticed users are now aware of the necessity of taking action for…

“Users more likely to switch to natural coolants”

The changing climatological circumstances require an adjustment of cooling techniques. The warm summer therefore also caused busy times for contractors. “Not all cooling installations were designed for the high temperatures we experienced. We had more work because of this,” says Siebe Duivenvoorden of…

Effective pre-cooling important when the weather’s hot

The climate is changing and Weber Cooling is changing with it. “The spring and summer of 2018 were extremely warm, and many growers were faced with the challenge to still supply good (cooled) products,” says Hans Juursema of Weber Cooling. According to him, effective pre-cooling, or the quickly cooling…

Finding plenty of workers still challenging

Large demand for cold stores gradually declining

In recent months there was an acute shortage of cold storage. There’s still a large demand for cold stores, but now that the busiest supply period is over and more cold stores become operational, this will steadily decline in the coming weeks. Most logistics service providers still have a lack of cold storage. A lot of companies…

Attempting to reduce post harvest losses

Nigeria: Developing cold chain subsector

Stakeholders in the Nigerian cold chain sub sector during the week gathered to brainstorm on how to improve and develop the sub sector in order to reduce post-harvest losses in the country. The gathering which was the first of its kind, was put together by Organisation for Technological Advancement of…

Dehezi constructs multi-functional, integrated collection and distribution platforms

China: "Number of climate controlled warehouses increases annually, but quality still poor

"Major developments in the Chinese climate control storage industry become manifest in upgrades of system applications and attention to the gradual improvement of the supply chain at every level. The government has made great efforts in recent years to encourage the integration and upgrading of…

Proaco modernizes its facilities

Spain: A cold room for 2,200 tons of garlic

The company Producciones Agrícolas Cordobesas (Proaco), a very reputable firm in the international garlic market, is currently implementing a plan to renovate its production facilities, given its substantial growth in its main markets, mainly in areas such as Europe, Morocco, the United States and South…

Market for coolants under pressure due to imminent shortage

Synthetic coolants with a high GWP (Global Warming Potential) are in the midst of being phased out. The amount of available coolants will be reduced in phases in the coming years, and as of 1 January 2020 installations with R404A can only be topped up with regenerated coolants. Ronald van den Bergh of…

Kenya’s FreshBox pioneers solar-powered refrigeration East Africa

Kenyan start-up FreshBox is introducing sustainable refrigeration to East African produce markets with its solar-powered, walk-in cold rooms. FreshBox’s flagship unit is a solar-powered, walk-in cold room that can hold over 2100 kg of fruits and vegetables, and can reach temperatures below freezing…

Refrigeration removes moisture from produce, to the detriment of fruit quality

UTE: South African industry pays insufficient attention to humidity

After testing the Cydiance realtime monitoring devices in South Africa for 14 months under a wide variety of conditions, UTE now offers the Chinese company’s technology to the South African fruit industry because, according to Jan Lievens of UTE Miatech, it offers something that has hitherto often been…

Ozone, degreening and pressurization

New technologies for the citrus sector

The latest technologies applied to production processes have hugely helped in the improvement of the value chain of agricultural products, offering solutions that increase their profitability. This time, we are presenting some industrial refrigeration methods and machinery, especially for post-harvest…

Increasing cases of bacteria in IQF vegetables is restraining growth of the market

The commercial advantage of keeping individually quick frozen (IQF) vegetables in stock continues to drive their demand among retailers, grocery stores and independent vegetable & fruit vendors from around the world. The global demand for IQF vegetable is expected to rise on the account for their…

India: IIT-Madras develops portable cold storage device

The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras has developed a portable solar-powered cold storage device with a 500 kg capacity for storing vegetables, and fruits, among other…

“IQF Freezing is the future of food preservation”

Technology has come a long way when it comes to keeping fruit and vegetables fresh for an extended period of time. Extending the shelf life does not always mean extending the taste, however. This is where IQF Freezing can be a solution, according to Svetlana Plotean of OctoFrost. There are multiple advantages when comparing…

China: Difficulties in refrigerated distribution industry

More and more people have noticed the potential for the refrigerated distribution industry in recent years and several leading tycoons have begun to make their move in the…

Strategic review readies NZ horticultural innovator to go global

New Zealand Frost Fans is the clear leading supplier of frost fans protecting horticulture from cold weather in Australia and New Zealand, and has a growing international…

China: Beihai establishes Guangxi's largest agricultural refrigerated supply chain

Beihai City, in Guangxi Province, held the official opening ceremony for the investment promotion of the Beihai International Agricultural Refrigerated Supply Chain in Beihai…

Future developments in China's refrigerated distribution

Data shows that China's refrigerated distribution grows at an average annual rate of 20%. It naturally follows that market demand in the refrigerated distribution industry is bigger every year. How, then, will the industry develop? Refrigerated distribution 1. Information on refrigerated distribution This is the internet age. Refrigerated distribution will…

Nigerian start-up solar-refrigerating farms: ColdHubs

Nigerian start-up ColdHubs is helping farmers and market vendors become more profitable by eliminating food waste via 100 percent solar-powered walk-in cold rooms. Founded in July 2015, by young farmer and social entrepreneur Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, ColdHubs is producing cold rooms and selling them to smallholder farmers, retailers…

Maersk container industry secures historically large reefer order from Hapag-Lloyd

Hamburg-based global container line Hapag-Lloyd has recently announced new reefer bookings of 11,100 units and awarded Maersk Container Industry (MCI) a huge order totalling 8,600 units, of which 2,000 will be Controlled Atmosphere (CA) reefers. The company has already commenced production of the 8,600…

ExpoSE 2018: MAJA ice keeps asparagus and other vegetables fresh

Simple and effective cooling throughout the entire value chain

As exquisite premium products like asparagus have to arrive at the consumer in a crisp, fresh and tender state, producers must ensure there is optimal cooling. This is…

New cold store Luik Natie opens 1 February 2019

“Five thousand pallet places are available in the new Cold Store”

“The plan is for the new Cold Store to open on 1 February 2019. Construction is in full swing, and the outer walls have already been put in place,” says Pascal Gybels, responsible for quality for Luik Natie. “The new Cold Store is primarily meant for products such as fruit, honey and potatoes. The new…

Cold chain monitoring solution for fruit & vegetable transport

CAS DataLoggers provided its SwiTrace Temperature Data Loggers to a shipper exporting fruits and vegetables. Most of these products were very temperature-sensitive and could…

Zero Energy Cooling Chamber

How Kenyan tomato farmers can avoid heavy losses

Last week, there was the news that tomato farmers in Kenya’s Laikipia county were feeding tomatoes to the cows. The sad bit is that this is not new. It has happened before. The reason is overproduction because farmers are all harvesting their crop at the same time. To cope with this surplus production, farmers need…


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