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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Climate Rooms that create reliable results

Nijssen have completed climate rooms for a large number of universities, research institutes, seed producers and propagators worldwide. For all these customers Nijssen designed customised

Nijssen Climate control systems

systems that achieve optimum climatic conditions at any time for a wide range of applications – e.g. germination rooms, tissue culture rooms, vernalisation rooms, GMO-research rooms and entomological research rooms

In-house developed Nijssen climate control systems with intuitive visualization ensure accurate control, monitoring and registration. To guarantee that you achieve consistent, repeatable and reliable results.

In Nijssen climate rooms, plant Lighting conducts indoor cultivation tests under precisely controlled conditions. They also simulate precise daylight conditions at a production site. In cabins, they simultaneously test different light recipes in the same climate conditions. And that also means fast results”

‘The leading edge in refrigeration since 1948. We don’t believe in standard solutions. Every refrigeration, freezing or climate situation is different. Thanks to our expertise and technological know-how, Nijssen Australia have the capability to design truly custom-built systems.’

In partnership with Nijssen, Heuch designs and manufactures walk-in climatised plant growth rooms for a wide range of applications. In climate chambers, temperature, air humidity, CO2, light intensity, air movement and watering can be regulated extremely accurately. The control system enables you to continuously monitor and record various climatic conditions for guaranteed reproducibility.

Seed Germination Rooms are specifically designed to reach the optimum germination conditions for each crop. Available with a full range of options to suit your needs. Custom sizes guarantee the largest growth area within the available space.

Reliable in vitro propagation requires a controlled, sterile environment with optimal conditions. Since any configuration of airflow, light, and shelving is possible, our Tissue Culture Rooms will always meet your requirements.

This allows us to do realistic, representative and reproducible research for every place in the world and for every season,” says Sander Hogewoning director/researcher.

For Nijssen Australian call Heuch Fresh today 1300 001 952

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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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