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"IoT technology is becoming more important in the fruit and veg sector"

In the fruit and vegetable industry, control of temperature is an important factor. Elitech is an American company focused on the real-time temperature monitoring in the food, medicine and fresh products industry. They see that: "The Internet of Things" (IoT) technology has become a recognized future…

Australia: DWS invests $134 mln into Coles Queensland facility

Frasers Logistics & Industrial Asset Management has sold a half-stake in a Coles cold storage distribution centre in Queensland to German asset manager DWS. The price was $134.2 million. The property was purpose-built for Coles in 2008 and is situated approximately 29 kilometres south of Brisbane’s…

Small fruits, lettuce and IQF products are at risk

Intensified checks put in place to prevent virus contamination

When it comes to IQF products, like small fruits and salads it is essential that companies pay particular attention to the hepatitis A and norovirus GI and GII viruses, which are responsible for gastrointestinal infections. These viruses are highly contagious even in small amounts and are transmitted…

Otflow wins Start Up Funding Event 2019

The Rotterdam start-up Otflow has won the Start Up Funding Event 2019. They beat 159 participants to win, and as well as the prestigious title, they will also receive €42,000 worth of marketing material. The panel of 50 professionals acting as judges were enthusiastic about the Dutch innovation and…

Globe Tracker lands Samskip contract

Globe Tracker has announced a contract with the shipping line/intermodal services provider Samskip. Samskip will install Globe Tracker hardware on its reefers, and use the company’s ’s GT Sense platform to monitor the containers, “with two-way communication to Samskip reefer containers across the global…

Friends share experience of using jet cooler to help expand their businesses

Two lifelong friends in northern California share cooling for their commodities. They gain two seasons out of what’s typically one season and run their businesses like brothers. Since 2014, Tony Serrano, president of JAS Family Farms Organics, and Pat Coash, owner of Koppes Plants, both in Watsonville,…

China: “Garlic prices continue to rise"

The circumstances for Chinese garlic this year are very different from other years. After Chinese New Year everyone expected that the garlic prices would come down, however the opposite happened. Since that time, the price has not fallen anymore but has only grown, as Mr. Ross from Rizhao Lvtuo Food Co.,…

Maersk to build its first cold store in St. Petersburg

On June 5th, 2019, the ceremony for the new warehouse took place in St. Petersburg, Russia in the presence of Maersk CEO Søren Skou, Fyffes CEO David McCann and representatives of regional and federal Russian administration. Constructed by the Russian industrial developer PNK Group, the facility will be…

Online platform directly connects traders with suppliers of IQF-frozen produce

When looking for very specific produce, like IQF-frozen produce for example, it can be difficult to find a steady, reliable supplier. This has resulted in an IQF equipment supplier, OctoFrost Group, to set up as a middle-man, connecting buyers with IQF suppliers. They have now launched an online platform…

India: Spanish 5.5 billion quick freezer plant is set up in Punjab

Spanish firm Congelados De Navarra along with fertiliser major IFFCO is setting up a quick freezer plant for vegetables in the Ludhiana district, Punjab, with an initial investment of Rs 5.5 bln (€71 mln), a food processing ministry official said Wednesday. The foundation stone of the facility will be…

"Our new 30,000 square meter plant will soon be up and running"

In the fruit and vegetable industry, there are two main developments going on. For the international market, more investment is being put in obtaining better growing technology, post-harvest techniques and cooling systems. For the imported products, more is invested in developing a better cold chain.…

Tracking pallets from Mexico to Kuwait

NFC cool chain pilot follows avocados and berries across borders

The Cool Chain Association (CCA) has completed a pilot test of an NFC-based solution to the problem of monitoring refrigerated fresh produce in transit, trying to ensure it…

Summit of the European Cold Storage and Logistics Association (ECSLA) in Madrid

Cold storage entrepreneurs concerned by rising energy costs and Brexit

The rising energy costs recorded across the EU, a result from the public decarbonisation policies, with the consequent abandonment of some energy sources, and the consequences of Brexit have been the main topics of the debate held at the business summit of the ECSLA (European Cold Storage and Logistics…

China: "A suitable pre-cooling method is key to preservation of quality"

Fruit and vegetables retain a lot of heat from the field even after they are harvested. This residual heat accelerates the aging process and even causes fruit and vegetables to decompose. Furthermore, the residual heat affects the freshness and color of the product. A quick and even method of eliminating…

South African expert on a ‘postharvest gynaecology’ visit to Egypt

As Egyptian grape exports to the Far East increase with longer shipping periods, growers have been turning to the experienced South African industry to share expertise. Jan Lievens, cooling expert from UTE Miatech ( right, with Mohkles Harraz, the owner of Egyptian Fruit Export-Agrostar ), visited…

Jim Still with Global Cooling

"Precoolers are “perfect for berries & cherries”

Jet-Ready Precoolers, designed and manufactured by Global Cooling Inc., are ”perfect for precooling and recooling berries and cherries,” according to company founder and president Jim Still. “Small diameter and fairly expensive fresh produce especially berries,” he explained, “can deteriorate very…

Siebe Duivenvoorden, Celtic Cooling

There is no one best coolant

Nowadays, when people talk about refrigeration technology, the conversation soon turns to the recent developments in this field. Working in the refrigeration technology sector is challenging and interesting. This is thanks not only to the phasing out of F gasses. Synthetic coolant prices have also increased. Refrigeration…

Kenya: Avocado cooling rules thwart exports to China

Small-scale avocado farmers are likely to miss out on the China market following last month’s export deal between Nairobi and Beijing due to stringent entry rules including…

Nyandarua county, Kenya

BASF signs €4.4 million potato cooling plant deal

The government of Kenya’s Nyandarua county and two multinational companies have signed a deal that will see establishment of a potato cooling plant. The establishment of the facility is aimed at reducing post-harvesting losses in the region. According to details of the memorandum of understanding signed…

Hillmac Electrical puts fruit to sleep

New Zealand: Hi-tech CA boosts growers revenues

Clever new technology that elevates cool rooms into a state-of-the-art controlled atmosphere chambers is helping growers from Hawke’s Bay make the very best of their crops. It is not just about chilling fruit, it is about controlling the air conditions inside the cooler to hold it in the best possible…

US: AGRO Merchants Group acquires Cool Pak Solutions

AGRO Merchants Group, a global leader in cold storage and logistics solutions, announced the acquisition of Cool Pak Solutions, a provider of storage and repacking services based in the Port of Long Beach, California. This transaction expands AGRO’s service capabilities on the West Coast and reinforces…

Tzone Digital

Multi-use temperature and humidity dataloggers improve monitoring efficiency

In recent years, the worldwide import and export volumes have increased. According to Frank Liao from Tzone Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (hereafter referred to as “Tzone Digital”), the growth rate of import and export business volumes vary from region to region: “We are a professional temperature…

Simplicity was key in redesign of precooler

Jet-Ready Precoolers, designed and manufactured by Global Cooling Inc., are just “Simply Powerful Precoolers,” according to company founder and president Jim Still. “When you invent a new product,” he explained, “there is so much time invested in design and development, I think anyone can understand…

Growing demand for IQF sweet corn

The IQF sweet corn market has been maturing slowly but surely for the past few years, showing promising growth in the global IQF food market. Traders more often than not prefer high-quality IQF sweet corn, as the added value leads to better prices. According to Yuqiao Xie-Hultin, Marketing Coordinator at…

Australia: Shepparton family preserves fruit at its best

A family business in Shepparton is about to cut water use in its apple and pear storage facility by up to 80 per cent and stop two tons of plastic going to landfill each year…

Robert Elshof, Elshof Organic Fruit:

"Higher CO2 taxes for cooled organic fruit no longer valid now that it's being grown energy-neutrally"

The volume of Dutch organic fruit is just about sold out. For Elshof Organic Fruit from Dronten, in the Netherlands, this is reason enough to focus on the Conference so-called 'switch' pears. "We sell these to health food store throughout Europe. However, the market is limited," says Robert Elshof.…

Mark de Hoop, logistics manager of Koelcentrum Zederik:

"We’re striving for an open relationship with customers”

Although Koelcentrum Zederik started as a cold store for apples and pears 20 years ago, the company has finished the construction of a new cold store this year, meaning it’s headed in the direction of a service provider more and more. Originally started as a transport company, Koelcentrum Zederik has…


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