Banana ripening technology advances

02/27/2012 12:34:00 PM
Coral Beach

In addition to the ethylene sensors, Still and Global Cooling Inc., Media, Pa., have developed a portable ripening unit used in Jamaica.

The portable units are made by converting a 40-foot refrigerated container into a 10-pallet ripening unit. The conversion costs about $25,000 per 40-foot unit.

“This is an extremely competitive price for 10-pallet ripening capability,” Still said.

“We have a lot of interest from developing countries, especially India, but interest from the U.S. has been slow to build.”


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Marcos    
Michigan  |  February, 28, 2012 at 06:29 AM

The challenge is delivering consistence to the consumer.

Jim    
Yomama  |  February, 28, 2012 at 07:19 AM

Consistency

Frits Popma    
The Netherlands  |  February, 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM

25.000 dollars for how many containers ?

Coral Beach    
February, 28, 2012 at 05:56 PM

Jim Still said it is about $25,000 for each container.

Stan Franaszek    
Austria  |  March, 02, 2012 at 03:31 AM

Chiquita started use of Ehtylene sensors in ripening rooms for banana ripening somewhen around 1995 and the objective wasn't and isn't cutting of costs. Anybody has view into ripening cost knew that 50% of the cost are labour cost, energy is doing about 10 till 15% and Ethylene gas stay on level of 0,05% of total ripening cost. Use of Ethylene sensor has main objective in increase of process safety and not cost. More questions letme know. best regards, Stan PS: Jim is learning very quickly, but soemtimes loos view on target!!

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