From the desk of Mr. Amrendra Ojha, Sr. Manager, Supply & Operations, QA, Supply Chain and
The core aspects of the fresh fruits industry lie in its supply chain; cold chain and refrigerated
warehousing are an integral part of it. Preserving fruits in low temperatures has prevailed since
ancient times. For a long time, ice blocks helped to keep insulated boxes or rooms cold. However,
with the introduction of modern-day cold chain facilities, the dynamics of the fresh produce industry
have changed drastically.
It is safe to say that cold chain space is expanding and is all set to see exponential growth in the years
to come. Technology is going to play a pivotal role in its further evolution. For the next few years, we
can see the following advancements in the cold chain industry.
RPA in Chilled Warehouses
Expedite through Automation! The success of the fresh fruit business is dependent on the speed at
which the product reaches the consumers. Technologies like automated storage/retrieval systems
(AS/RS) and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are gaining popularity. Automation in loading dock
equipment, like ‘smart controls’ and ‘light communications systems,’ are the trends to keep an eye
Controlled Atmosphere Rooms & Temperature Controlled Pack House
Space constraints are promoting vertical storage! There must be a balance between operating costs,
agility, and delivery time. Fruits are being procured from various parts of the world and need
different conditions to ensure the quality does not deteriorate. Controlled atmosphere rooms and
temperature controls have helped the enterprises to ensure the quality of their produce.
Multiple Storage options with high scope for customizations
Most cold storage facilities provide a range of options like refrigerated containers, blast freezers and
chillers, and cold rooms. Refrigerated containers give a wide variety in terms of size options. These
units are portable and are helpful in the safe transportation of goods. For businesses dealing with
fresh fruits, blast-freezers are a viable option. They provide a temperature as low as minus 40
degrees. For enterprises looking for a custom cold storage solution, cold rooms are the go-to option.
Some quick tips that can help facility managers optimize the benefits of a cold storage facility include
Separately storing different fruits – Do not mix
Knowing the history of production – Understand the origin and conditions required
Adhering to the ‘right way’ of storing
To sum it up, the storage of fruits is a complex and tricky task and requires a lot of diligent effort.
From following the cold storage best practices to knowing and understanding the sources and the
conditions of the produce, every step is crucial in ensuring the longevity and quality of the fruit.
Happy Reading and Happy Eating!