Extreme waste reduction for hand plucked crops
In Eastern Africa many crops like beans & tender stem broccoli are harvested by hand, and put on a trailer after weighing of each individual box.
"On arrival at the farm – often hours later – it is not uncommon that more than 50% of the harvested crop can be thrown away", states Hans Juursema of WEBER COOLING.
"To solve this problem, we have developed a mobile “Dual Room Field Cooler” which can be used anywhere in the field for cooling directly after harvesting. Within 10 – 15 minutes one room can take away up to 80% of the field heat. If combined with special Tem-Ex cooling sleeves from Sedef (Sedef Temp-Ex Solutions), produce can stay cool until the packing house, reducing the waste to virtually zero.", according to Hans.
"Pay-back of a system will be max. 2 years, even in the most conservative calculation. We believe the solution will also work for fresh (straw)berries", says Hans, "although more experience needs to be gained here".
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WEBER COOLING strives to offer his customers a range of premium quality solutions for vacuum cooling, pre-cooling and cold room storage. Our core competence is vacuum cooling! Based on a deep knowledge, combined with continuous technology & production research, we have developed a state-of-the-art range of modular build, high speed but energy efficient vacuum systems. Within a few years, we’ve become the leading supplier in Europe.