Van Amerongen (Netherlands) has signed a contract with Fructícola Empordà (Girona, Spain) for the installation of its dynamically controlled atmosphere system (ACR) for a new installation of 24 cold stores of apples.
The Cooperative Fructícola Empordà was founded in 1970 and is one of the strongest in Spain in the production, storage and sales of apples (mainly in gala, red and granny).
Since 1969 Van Amerongen Controlled Atmosphere Technology BV is producing equipment for CA storage of fruit and vegetables and has become the world leader with equipment in more than 50 countries on all continents.
Fructícola Empordà is preparing for the future with their new 24 cold storage facilities in San Pere de Pescador. All cameras will be prepared to preserve fruit in dynamic conditions. After comparing the various offers that are available in the controlled atmosphere market Fructícola Empordà has chosen the new dynamic system of Van Amerongen which is unique because it is based on the measurement of all fruits in the chamber rather than just a small selection of the fruit. In addition, the control system is the latest in the market including software that lets you view and control the fruit 100% from your mobile. Salco will deliver the gas-tight doors for this project.
For Van Amerongen this project is very important because it means its entry into the Spanish market which is a very important market in which it has not had any representation the past 15 years. Recently the company has installed equipment for controlled atmosphere storage of fruits like blueberries and kaki but the market for apples and pears is the largest and most important. Ed Westerweele (Van Amerongen´s representative in Spain for two years) said: “Van Amerongen is the world leader in controlled atmosphere and in Portugal for example we have 75% market share with more than 50 facilities. Van Amerongen is known for its quality and energy efficiency of their equipment and for innovation. Our first major project in Spain gives us confidence for the future and we will try that this project will be the best in Spain. We want ourselves and our client Fructícola Empordà to be all be very proud!”
The dynamic system is called ACR (Advanced Control of Respiration) and is based on the measurement of respiration of all fruit in the cold stores. Other dynamic systems are based only on the responses of some fruits and are therefore less reliable. The ACR system was developed with the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands in three years. Van Amerongen even built 2 stores itself for conservation of 16 tonnes for research. Then two of its customers in the Netherlands have tested the system in practice with very good results. It has been possible to work with a client a few months at 0.15% O2!
In 2014 Van Amerongen began with marketing the system and with much success. In 2014 an ACR system was also installed in the Fruitcentre at IRTA in Lleida where they are investigating the system and doing more tests on local varieties.
The opening of the Empordà Fructícola project is planned for the day August 1, 2015.