Cold storage

Woolworths back supply chain revolution

Woolworths is launching a bold plan to stop food waste and reshape the supply chain with the use of technology. Partnering with independent start-up Escavox, the primary goal is to extend the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables in all retail outlets by tracking and monitoring the produce from the farm gate to the supermarket. [...]

Harvesting the sun to reduce energy costs

Rachele Group Fruit packing shed's new solar panels. A third generation pear growing family is harvesting the sun to cut its energy use by one-third after installing solar panels across its two cold storage sheds. The Rachele Family has been growing, packing, and transporting pears, nectarines, plums and peaches to supermarkets shelves from [...]

Making decisions for better quality fruit

With the growing number of evolving technologies available, it is more important than ever those involved in horticulture focus on information that helps them make decisions in a timely manner that manage for better quality fruit. Speaking at the Post-harvest 2019 seminar on 16 January in Melbourne, AgroFresh Research & Development Manager for Australia & [...]

By |January 22nd, 2019|Cold storage, Fruit quality and monitoring, News|

Packhouse Optimisation Project update

Last year, APAL commenced the Packhouse Optimisation Project to help growers and packers understand the full cost of packing apples and pears and identify ways to optimise their operations.  The Project aims to analyse the cost of packing, by developing a robust financial model of growers’ packing sheds to provide growers with the financial information they need to make informed decisions [...]

Event flush with new blush pear research

At a recent blush pear research event at the Agriculture Victoria Blush Pear field laboratory at Tatura, pear producers were provided with results from post-harvest ripening and storage experiments conducted at the AgriBio Centre for AgriBioscience, Bundoora.  Pear growers learnt about the latest research on blush pear varieties at an event in Tatura, Victoria. [...]

Selecting the “best” refrigerant for cool rooms

HCFCs are commonly used as refrigerants in cool rooms that store fruit, but they are being phased out and by 2016 no more imports will be allowed. Therefore, packing shed managers need to start planning to replace them now. Author: Annie Farrow Industry Services Manager, APAL 03 9329 3511 “HCFCs are being [...]

By |November 24th, 2014|Cold storage, Saving energy|

Upgrading refrigeration key to saving energy

Refrigeration is the biggest energy cost for fruit production, storage and packing businesses, but there are ways to cut costs.   Author: Amanda Booth Environmental Consultant, KMH Enviromental 02 9468 9348 APAL’s ‘Watts in Your Business’ project did energy audits on 30 orchards and packing sheds Australia-wide and showed that, on average [...]

By |September 22nd, 2014|Cold storage, Saving energy|

Understanding electricity tariffs can save you money

The ‘Watts in Your Business’ project has completed energy audits of 30 packhouses and orchards Australia-wide. This fact sheet shows how understanding tariffs in a packhouse/orchard can save money. Author: Amanda Booth Environmental Consultant, KMH Enviromental 02 9468 9348 In Australia there are three types of organisations involved in providing energy: Generators [...]

By |August 19th, 2014|Cold storage, Grading equipment, Saving energy|

Optimising voltage power to save money

The ‘Watts in Your Business’ project has completed energy audits of 30 packhouses and orchards Australia-wide. This case story of two packhouses in the Goulburn and Yarra Valleys, Victoria, shows how energy use and costs could be reduced by installing Voltage Power Optimisation units to the main electrical supply to packhouse buildings. Author: Amanda [...]

By |July 28th, 2014|Cold storage, Grading equipment, Saving energy|

The future of refrigeration for fruit storage

Author: Michael Bellstedt Managing Director Minus 40 02 8850 4811 A review of the refrigeration systems on 30 fruit storage facilities conducted by Minus40 as part of the ‘Watts in your Business’ project has shown that most are out of date, energy inefficient and costly to operate and maintain. Impending phase-downs of [...]

By |June 28th, 2014|Cold storage|