How harvested perishable consumer goods are handled, stored and packed is a key component of our food chain.
Every year, 1.3 billion metric tons of food is produced for human consumption in the world. One third of the total never reaches the consumer’s plate. In developing countries, postharvest losses can be particularly acute (>50%) In developed countries with “cool chain” losses can range from 4-8%. However, cooling is not the complete answer to postharvest product loss. Postharvest solutions need to be “non-chemical” and cost effective to meet demands for safe, nutritious, relatively cheap food all year round.
Postharvest management of produce falls into two categories:
The ability to suspend ripening is key to being able to smooth out the peaks and troughs of grower supply to meet consumer demand.
Our CleanG site in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire is a commercial pack house facility that can be used for direct industry scale trials or R&D investigations to explore advances in postharvest management of all types of fresh produce.
The CleanG site hosts: