Pinchbeck firm using pioneering Softripe technology
Pinchbeck firm 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 provided by the technology helps to shorten the overall process.
JD Cooling of King’s Lynn will be installing six Softripe chambers and two new heat recovery chillers at the Wardentree Lane site.
The award-winning Softripe technology will provide a better quality and tasting fruit, and with a 40 per cent shorter ripening cycle when compared to conventional ripening, energy efficiencies and overall through-put.
Softripe measures and adapts the gas concentration levels and air temperature throughout the ripening process and adjusts these accordingly during ripening.
Examples of the so-called “super-cados” were showcased last week at Fruit Logistica 2020 in Berlin, recognised as the global stage for the latest innovations, products and services in the international fresh produce trade.
James Tumber, specialist services director at JD Cooling, said: “The first in our country, this evolutionary new Softripe system is a leap forward for the UK fruit market.
“Results and consumer feedback from trials have been outstanding, with Softripe avocados testing better than conventionally ripened ones across the board from taste, texture, quality consistency and shelf-life.
“This contract is also a true demonstration of our group’s ability to provide a full, in-house solution as well as 24/7 365 days a year support to make it easier for the customer.”
JD Cooling have been contracted by Worldwide Fruit to provide full installation, ongoing maintenance and specialist cleaning services.
Neal Collishaw, operations director at Worldwide Fruit, tolf the Lincolnshire Free Press: “We were impressed with the quality of avocados and are excited by the prospect of being the first provider to distribute Softripe ripened avocados.
“We’ve worked with JD Cooling for years and really like that they continue to introduce new innovations and work with us in partnership.”
John Dye, chairman ofJD Cooling Group said: “Innovating with our partners for the benefit of end-users is central to our work and Softripe avocados is another great result of what we can achieve in partnership. It’s an exciting time for us .”
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