Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

“Precoolers provide for Organic Shelf Life Preservation”

As the public demands more organic produce, growers and packers are finding that doing a better job of precooling, and recooling too, replaces the need for chemical and modified atmosphere treatments to preserve shelf life and profits. Precooling can also reduce costs.

“Refrigerating the fruit or veg to the optimum shelf life temperature as quickly as possible after harvest,” explained Jim Still, founder of Global Cooling Inc. and inventor of the Jet Ready Precoolers, “is mother nature's way of preventing transpiration and minimizing respiration.”  When produce 'breathes heavy', because of temperature stress, it loses moisture, and this loss of water weight, and also of carbon dioxide weight, is what shortens shelf life and reduces salable weight.

“When fresh produce is stressed,” Still explained, “is also when diseases can develop, and in the past fungicides and mildicides were commonly used treatments for many fruits and vegetables.  Now, with the move to organics, less chemicals are being used, which means the only logical solution to the shelf life and disease concerns are better precooling and a stronger end-to-end cold chain.”

Prompt and thorough precooling is the single most important step in establishing an effective cold chain, according to Still, “because once the vitality, in the form of weight loss and water loss, has occurred, you can't put the water back in again.” 

“Re-Cooling”, as Still refers to it, occurs when there is a break in the cold chain, “from fumigation, or border crossing inspection by government agencies.  Often the fruit which should be kept at 32F or colder, will warm to the mid-40s or higher.  The quicker it can be cooled back down to the ideal temperature, the more of the shelf life and weight that is preserved.  Our Jet Precoolers are great Recoolers, too.” 

“Our Jet Precoolers are made in America,” explained Vice President James J. Still, “right here in Philadelphia at the Philly Navy Yard business park.  All of our components are the best that money can buy, and our portables are amazingly powerful, we consistently outperform bunker wall systems and farm-built box fans time after time.”

Jet Precooler customers have successfully used the units to cool every commodity attempted so far, with the lone exception being crates of corn. The list of can-do's includes berries, apples, cherries, mangoes, avocados, flowers, jackfruit, papaya, bananas, herbs, lettuce, bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, squash, root stocks, jalapenos, and hops.  All of these can be cooled in MacroBins too. 

For more information
Global Cooling Inc. 
Jim Still, Founder/President/CVO
T: 1-610-248-9800

Publication date: 11/13/2015



Other news in this sector:

7/4/2018 Vacuum cooling for every small hold farmer on the planet
6/27/2018 US (CA): JSK cooling system for Sunniva
6/7/2018 Netherlands: IPHandlers builds new Perishable Centre
2/27/2018 North-east India: Farm-side cold storages for vegetables
1/4/2018 Absence of cold storage: Indian tomato farmers resort to distress sales
12/13/2017 Fresh investment poised to bring innovative device to exporters worldwide
12/13/2017 Cold chain solutions for Nigerian farmers
12/12/2017 India: Cold storage for growers in the orange bowl of Manipur
11/22/2017 What is hydronic cooling?
11/13/2017 China: Demand for refrigerated trucks is steadily growing
10/3/2017 Tecnova implements a greenhouse refrigeration system in Egypt
9/1/2017 Royal treatment for the 'King of the frozen fruits': the strawberry
6/7/2017 New monitoring solution for food retailers
5/17/2017 "If you don't jump on it quickly, CGMMV can easily get out of hand"
4/3/2017 China: Large cold chain logistics center to be built in Ganzhou
3/16/2017 Conviron announces new distributor for Colombia, Peru and Ecuador
2/2/2017 McGill researchers develop new passive cooling and ventilation solution
2/1/2017 Reducing ethylene levels allows higher storage temperatures for vegetables
1/3/2017 Cold storage capacity increasing globally
11/1/2016 Isocab introduces ‘the new foam’