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Shortage of reefer containers, increased freight charges

Pakistan experts identify impediments to growth of fruit & vegetables exports

A critical shortage of reefer containers, coupled with increased freight charges is posing a serious threat to exports of fruits and vegetables, exporters said. They said that…

Morgan McLernon expands in UK

Morgan McLernon, part of Culina Group, will be expanding in the UK with a new purpose-built site in Telford, Shropshire. The new chilled facility will comprise of 40,000 sq ft of space for the transport of perishable foodstuffs such as fruits and vegetables. Specialising in ambient, chilled, and frozen distribution, Morgan…

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…

UK: Oliver Kay gets increased capacity on Coolkit vans

Oliver Kay Produce, which supplies fresh fruit and vegetables, has gained 20% capacity in 9 new refrigerated vans built by CoolKit. The Volkswagen Crafter box van with a medium wheelbase chassis, has a 1,142kg payload. The CoolKit design places the fridge is placed under the chassis to improve the…

Hapag-Lloyd LIVE

Hapag-Lloyd launches remote reefer supply chain monitoring tool

Container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd is adding near real-time monitoring of its reefer containers to their product portfolio. “Hapag-Lloyd LIVE” increases the transparency of the cold chain by offering customers a number of data sets about the condition and location of their reefer containers. The…

Daikin Container tech chosen for shipment of guavas

A landmark shipment of guava fruit from Taiwan to the USA was completed successfully this January with the help of controlled atmosphere (CA) technology from Daikin Reefer, a leading supplier of refrigeration and climate control solutions for freight containers. Headquartered in Japan, Daikin Reefer is…

United States Agency for International Development workshop

Uzbekistan intends to export chilled fruit &, vegetable products

Within the framework of its Agricultural Value Chain Project, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), organized a workshop for entrepreneurs engaged in…

Indian Railways: Special train for farmers for faster transport perishable items

A new Indian Railways initiative is intended to assist farmers producing produce perishable items, by transporting their produce through Refrigerated Parcel Vans. Subhanan…

Kenya: Solar powered cold rooms for fresh produce traders

Sheffield Africa are the makers of solar-powered cold rooms that will enable agri entrepreneurs who deal with perishable produce to efficiently store their produce. “This is a solar-powered and low-cost cold room solution for entrepreneurs in the agricultural industries such as dairy, green grocery,…

India: ‘Kisan Rail’ will help boost vegetable markets West Bengal

Undoubtedly, the West Bengal vegetable and horticultural market will get a major boost after the Federal Finance minister announced that Indian Railways will set up the 'Kisan Rail' project, with refrigerated coaches for perishable goods. According to senior officials of the state agricultural marketing…

Michele Bruni - InspiraFarms

“We see this as a good opportunity to invest in our own packhouses with a pay-as-you-chill model"

InspiraFarms provides first mile distribution technology in countries around the world: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mexico and India. With services and products exclusively aimed at emerging markets. There are three core components to the company’s products: “We construct…

Te Puke, New Zealand

EastPack uses new technology to increase storage capacity

A new, 20m tall building has been taking shape since November last year alongside the Te Puke Highway, just to the west of town. The building is to be EastPack's second fully…

Interko goes for new look in Berlin

Interko, the designer, manufacturer and installer of the world's most advanced fruit ripening rooms, will unveil a fresh and stylish exhibition stand at Fruit Logistica 2020 to illustrate better the scope of the Dutch company’s technology. On 5-7 February in Berlin, Germany, the modernised stand will…

Softripe sets new quality standard for ripening avocados

Frigotec GmbH will present avocados ripened by the Silver Innovation Award 2019 winning technology, Softripe®, at Fruit Logistica 2020 following successful trials in Brazil and England. Studies from the first Softripe® chambers specifically designed for ripening the popular, nutrient-dense superfood have…

Schreurs & Sons farming business

Australia: Refrigerated van gives celery specialist a competitive edge

Schreurs & Sons is a third-generation farming business that is 100 per cent Australian family-owned and operated, specialising in celery, leek and baby leaf lines (including spinach, rocket and snow pea tendrils). With seven properties, spanning in total over 400 hectares, it is one of the largest…

Academics from MIT and Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

System for cooling without electricity

The key to the functioning of this simple, inexpensive system is a special kind of insulation, made of a polyethylene foam called an aerogel. This lightweight material, which looks and feels a bit like marshmallow, blocks and reflects the visible rays of sunlight so that they don’t penetrate through it.…

“The shelf life for IQF avocado is over six months”

As avocado consumption is increasing, it’s only logical that the individual quick frozen (IQF) avocado sees its market share increase as well. This makes sense considering…

Part of its effort to eradicate the Indian supply crisis

Bengal government to set up a cold storage unit

The Bengal government is planning to set up a cold storage unit as part of its effort to eradicate the shortage in the supply of fresh products. The move comes shortly after…

Kashmir’s cold stores receive cold response

Cold storage units across the Valley witnessed a decline in business of around 50 percent this season as Kashmir’s apple-picking season ended with major losses to the growers. The cold stores in the Valley were established in around 2005 to benefit the growers. Growers, who were earlier forced to sell…

Harvest and storage conditions for acerola fruit

Acerola (Malpighia emarginata) is native in Central and Northern South America and is considered a super-fruit due to its high vitamin C content. Acerola postharvest life depends highly on the maturity stage at harvest and storage temperatures. Scientists at Embrapa in Petrolina (Brazil) have determined…

Maersk intends to boost land transportation via cold storage policy

Shipping company Maersk intends to focus on premium services such as cold storage and digital solutions to avoid competing with its own freight-forwarding clients as it expands in the land transportation business. Since announcing a new strategy in 2016, which included selling its oil and gas business,…

Vacuum cooling is widely used for fresh produce

Vacuum cooling is widely used in the fresh produce industry of the United States, Europe and China. As a result of the energy consumption from water evaporation at low pressure, the temperature of fresh produce can be reduced efficiently from the field temperature of 28 ° C to 2 ° C. Arvin Lau from…

Adani Ports also buys majority stake in Krishnapatnam Port

India: Adani Group forays into cold chain logistics with ₹2.96 bln acquisition of Snowman Logistics

Billionaire Gautam Adani's port-to-power Adani Group has acquired majority stake in Snowman Logistics Ltd for ₹2.96 bln to foray into cold chain logistics. Adani Logistics Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Ports and SEZ Ltd, signed definitive agreements to acquire 40.25% stake in Snowman Logistics…

Temperature incursions in cold storage containers lead to increased food waste

Over the last two decades, supply chains have witnessed incredible progress with regard to expediting freight movement and improving operational efficiency. However several…

Focusing on zero-energy storage

NAEB calls on farmers to embrace affordable post-harvest techniques

Rwanda’s Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has advised small scale local farmers in horticulture to embrace the necessary techniques to curb post-harvest losses. A joint assessment by the University of Rwanda (UR), Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) and National Agriculture Exports Development…

"Vacuum cooling is essential to maintain leafy greens’ quality"

Leafy greens vegetables are increasingly grown through hydroponics, sometimes under protective structures, said Mr. Arvin Lau from Vegfor Cooling Technology Limited. After working in the the fresh produce industry for several years, he saw a clear development in the process of growing leafy green…

"You may have losses in transport because of these errors"

Fresh produce is not an easy business. You are always reliant on the weather conditions and how well the crop performs that year. Then, if you transport it to other destinations, you need to make sure this happens under the right circumstances so no crops are wasted. How to make sure nothing happens…

14 days on the water and high quality upon arrival

Ozone allows for ocean transportation of bell peppers

Traditionally, bell peppers haven’t been a big ocean container mover as they don’t hold up very well in long transit times. “They are a weaker vegetable variety and several challenges limit their shipability,” says Christian DeBlasio with Purfresh. “First of all, they are very susceptible to decay,…

“I am proud to be one of the few women in this industry”

Since the requirements for fruit are increasing worldwide, a better management of production, processing and transport is needed to reach these high requirements. Technology is a very important part of this development. Though the technology sector itself is also going through its own development. In…

No interruption in exports while Pres Ramaphosa promises uninterrupted electricity until 13 January 2020

South Africa's power cuts: diesel drives up refrigeration costs by 300%

Last week the hills were alive with the sound of diesel generators; this long weekend, as the country winds down for Christmas holidays, there is no load shedding. The load shedding of last week was suddenly accelerated to stage 6 blackouts - to cut 6,000 megaWatt from the national supply - last Monday,…

The challenges of IQF freezing raspberries

One of the more challenging products to IQF freeze is the raspberry. This has everything to do with its brittle and delicate texture. With the correct equipment however, the…

Total investment amounts to around 800,000 euros

Frankfurt refrigerated logistics company wants to increase its turnover with more trailers

Thermologistic is expanding its trailer fleet. This is the Frankfurt refrigerated logistics company's response to the strong demand for temperature-controlled transport. The new investment comprises 13 trailers of the latest design. The new units are equipped with double-decker technology and roller beds…

p2raumdesign presents cold vapour system for fresh products at ExpoSE

"We want to offer the young generation of direct marketers holistic store concepts."

Last year, p2raumdesign won the Innovation Award at expoSE/ExpoDirekt with the brand new LiftBoXX. Exactly one year later, Rainer Palinkasch moved to Karlsruhe again and presented a new, innovative store concept for the farm shop to the specialist public there. In cooperation with refrigeration and cooling…

Oomiak Refrigeration opens an office in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur receives Australian refrigeration company

Australian company Oomiak Refrigeration has opened an office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to drive its expansion into South East Asia. The company started in 2006 in Adelaide, South Australia, and has established a presence in every mainland Australian state with its expertise in the design and manufacture…

Reported by variety and package count

US Cold storage holding of grapes in California

With the number of Autumn King and Allison packages in cold storage holding in California almost halving between November 15th and 30th, the grand total of grape packages has…


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