Ecotop impresses with new ‘world class’ ripening technology.

Arcella Bananas Company has signed a 2 year agreement to use Montagues state-of-the-art Ecotop Ripening facilities in Rocklea QLD.

Arcella has gained access to Montague’s produce and packing facility in Brisbane to ripen its bananas after the companies signed an initial two-year lease.

Ecotop ripening

Montagues new ripening facilities

Montague opened their new produce facility at the Brisbane Markets in Rocklea, Queensland in April 2019. The 5,578m2 purpose-built facility is a fully automated, temperature-controlled environment, complete with a cold storage space monitored 24/7, and ripening rooms equipped with the latest European tarp-less technology. The specialised equipment introduced in the facility ensures the reduction of ethylene and airborne pathogens which offers control over the banana ripening process, a feature that captured the attention of Arcella Bananas Company, according to Dom Arcella.

“We are delighted to team-up with Montague to utilise their world-class facilities and access this new technology to ripen our Arcella Bananas. We think consumers will be very pleased by the outstanding quality and flavour of the fruit ripened in Rocklea,” Arcella said.

Ecotop Ripening Australia offers a ‘best-in-class’ fruit ripening system for the controlled and uniform ripening of exotic fruits such as bananas, avocados, mangos, papayas, kiwis and more.

The Ecotop system has been in operation internationally for over 15 years with over over a thousand rooms, in multiple countries, for various fruits and varying business topographies successfully commissioned.

“Our feedback is that they have been impressed with our system, ease of operation and functionality. They are experiencing an improvement with the look, taste and extended freshness of the Ecotop ripened fruit.” says Ecotop director Paul Brady

Clients such as Chiquita, Dole and many more have adopted the Ecotop system worldwide due to its superior ripening quality, low cost operation and unique multi-functional room operation.

“Supporting local growers and businesses like Arcella Bananas is of great importance to us here at Montague,” said Hamish Montague, General Manager of Montague Queensland. “We will continue to innovate in fresh produce industries, delivering excellent produce for our consumers while striving to be energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly,” he concluded.

For more information contact:

Heuch Fresh
1300001952
info@heuchfresh.com.au

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Jet Pre-Cooling : The Latest Technology

Heuch Fresh have announced the introduction of a new portable Jet Pre-Cooling systems – the MPU (Mobile Pre-Cooling Unit). The MPU is a forced air-cooling unit that provides greater air flow and shorter precooling times than a typical post-harvest cooling system. The sleek new and improved design is European engineered by international leader BG Door and built to Australian standards.

Mobile Pre-Cooling Unit

The latest technology in jet pre-cooling the Mobile Pre-Cooling Unit (MPU)

 

Many Australian growers grow too comfortable with the Jet Pre-Cooling systems they have used for many years but will often overlook factors such as optimal cooling times for their produce. With the addition of an MPU growers can see a reduction in their cooling times by up to 75%.

How Pre-Cooling delivers:

By quick pre-cooling your fruits and vegetables both respiration & transpiration can be reduced by quickly removing field heat. Pre-cooling is the rapid removal of field heat from fruits and vegetables as soon as possible after harvesting.

Drastic increase in quality preservation and maximal shelf life, storage/ travel time

• Added value for customers thanks to higher and more consistent quality

• Less waste, reject and claims; saving money, maximising your reputation

• Lower overall energy costs

“It is well known in the industry how essential Jet Pre-cooling is as a postharvest process. The faster you pre-cool, the more time, energy and money you will save” says Steve Oakley, Heuch Fresh managing director “Faster precooling results in produce with a longer shelf life and greater return on investment”

From a technical perspective, the MPU’s powerful 4 kW fan boats an impressive 1210 RPM that has a capacity of 32,000 m³/H, meaning you can cool more product at an impressively faster rate. In addition to this airflow, the MPU also offers plenty of mobility, the unit can be easily moved from one location to another. The unit arrives on site, preassembled and ready for use, you can simple plug the MPU in and you are ready to start cooling. The MPU is also suitable for heating, thawing and drying making it even more versatile for the Australian growers and distribution centres.

Heuch Fresh supply Australia with a range of custom designed pre-cooling solutions as well as supplying the MPU for purchase or rental options.

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The MPU control box. Allowing you to adjust fan speed, set a timer, regulate temperature and much more.

 

For information:
Nick Hanley
Business Development Manager
Heuch Fresh
info@heuchfresh.com.au
www.heuchfresh.com.au
1300 001 952

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Softripe technology described as “game-changer” for avocado storage

New avocado ripening facility unveiled with Softripe.

This article first appeared in Fresh Produce Journal

Worldwide Fruit and JD Cooling have unveiled their new “game changing” avocado ripening facility in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

Softripe Tehcnology

L-r: John Dye (Chairman, JD Cooling Group), Mark Everett (Business Unit Director, Worldwide Fruit), Ilona Stylinska (Softripe Manager, Worldwide Fruit), Neal Collishaw (Operations Director, Worldwide Fruit), James Tumber (Specialist Services & Ripening Director, JD Cooling Group).

The new facility uses Softripe technology that’s able to produce better quality fruit thanks to computer atomsphere control, for a more efficient ripening process, with 40 per cent less energy use.

Avocados from the new facility will reach supermarkets in October.

JD Cooling chairman John Dye said independent taste trials of Softripe-stored fruit have demonstrated better quality, flavour and shelf life.

Speaking at the official ribbon cutting, Dye said: “It is not very often something comes along in our industry that is game changing, but Softripe is most certainly that, and indeed the biggest thing to happen in the ripening sector for decades. This facility is going to be a total revolution for the ripe and ready marketplace.

“There’s a lot of noise out there at the moment about other ripening systems, but Softripe is the only one in the world that’s able to control ethylene, CO2 and oxygen levels by communicating directly with the fruit,“ Dye said,

“It also allows suppliers to remove their post ripening grading process and destructive testing and is the only system that can achieve such dramatic increases in shelf life.”

 

Softripe is a patented ripening process that uses a completely gas-tight chamber together with CO2 absorbers and nitrogen generators to enable optimum levels of ethylene, CO2 and oxygen all to be fully controlled. This allows the unique Softripe software algorithms to establish the optimum conditions for perfect ripening every time.

Softripe rooms

The new facility at Worldwide Fruit’s Spalding operations also delivers greater energy efficiency and more attractive fruit according to JD Cooling.

Neal Collishaw, operations director at Worldwide Fruit said: “Our key strategic direction is to deliver zero waste in all of our processes. Avocados are a notoriously difficult product to ripen in a traditional ripening system.

“Post-ripening, we still had variability among the raw material which can end up on the shelf, leading to consumer dissatisfaction. Softripe now ensures we have a more consistent, superior product and has enabled us to remove the secondary grading from our processes. Along with the reduced ripening cycles, there are clear benefits to producers, distributors, retailers, and consumers.”

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Vacuum Cooling explained

Vacuum Cooling explained.

With high demand on farmers to yield higher quality produce that will keep on supermarket shelves for longer periods, growers and distribution centres are looking for the best solutions to reduce wastage and lower operating costs. Vacuum cooling (VC) is a unique way of cooling. Instead of using (forced) cold air or cold water to cool down your produce, with vacuum you use “evaporative energy” for cooling. By reducing the pressure inside the vacuum room, you force (a fraction of) the product’s own moisture to evaporate. This evaporation costs energy, which is taken from the produce in the form of a temperature reduction.

Vacuum cooling

Vacuum cooling process

What sort of fruit and vegetable is suitable for Vacuum Cooling?

VC is a pre-cooling method where the harvest removed field heat by reducing pressure inside a sealed container which evaporates moisture internally from the product. This process takes away energy which warrants rapid cooling, generally within 15 – 30 minutes for most products. VC works best for produce with a “high surface to weight” and that lose water easily such as lettuce and herbs:

Vacuum Cooling examples

Vacuum Cooling different fruits and vegetables

 

Steps to vacuum Cooling:

  1. The product is placed in the vacuum cooler and the chamber is sealed
  2. The Vacuum pump starts working and decreases the air pressure in the chamber. The boiling point is consequently lowered.
  3. The boiling process requires heat, withdrawn from the product, allowing it to cool down.
  4. The Vacuum pump drain water-vapor through the condenser
  5. The cycle is finished, the produce is cooled and the pressure returns to 1000 millibar
  6. The condensed water is discharged and the cooling system is ready for the next load

Is it Expensive?

The fast and uniform cooling (the surface and core of the product reach exact the same temperature after VC) results in a substantially longer shelf life of produce and at the same time, saves on energy costs. The VC process is much more cost effective than other traditional cooling technologies as the output capacity, quick turnaround and energy cost reduction reduce overall operational spending. Many companies also offer rental solutions to appeal to seasonal growers.

 

Where can I get one?

Heuch Fresh offer a range of premium quality solutions for VC and cold chain management, using state-of-the art refrigeration technology and the latest environmentally friendly refrigerants. Together with a world-wide supplier network, they are leading in vacuum cooling technology and are able to supply full cold-chain solutions for cold and hot applications.

https://www.heuchfresh.com.au/vacuum-cooling/

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Heuch gets fresh with European designed cooling solutions

This article first appeared on Climate Control News

After noticing a demand for more innovative and advanced pre-cooling and cold storage options for growers and distributors battling the Aussie heat, Heuch managing director, Steve Oakley, created a new subsidiary known as Heuch Fresh – Cold Chain Solutions.

Heuch Fresh Cold Chain Solutions

Oakley said the new division is dedicated to providing cooling solutions with a proven history in European markets to improve product quality, increase produce shelf life, reduce wastage and lower operating costs. 

He said that since 1970 Heuch has been empowering businesses and communities to be self-sufficient and economically sustainable by providing first rate HVACR engineering solutions and programmed maintenance services.

“Our focus is entirely on your business and how we can help provide a solution that covers the complete cold chain cycle from harvest to processing to storage,” he said.

After winning the 2016 HVACR Innovator of the Year Award, Heuch made its entry into the European fresh produce market at Fruit Logistica in Berlin where the company showcased its 100 per cent solar powered refrigeration container solution alongside Dutch company BG door.

This is when the company reached agreements with companies such as Nijssen, Weber, Besseling and Softripe.

“Heuch Fresh are now providing the latest state of the art equipment in pre-cooling, vacuum cooling, controlled atmosphere (CA) and ripening rooms to farmers as well as providers of fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs – proof of our success in solar integration and professional servicing,” Oakley said.

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