Greenyard’s Fresh UK has opened six new ripening chambers, which are the first phase of a £2 million, two-year investment program in ripening facilities at its Spalding site.
Managing director Alan Forrester joined Nigel Jenney, chairman of the Fresh Produce Consortium, and Andrew Nesbitt, managing director of Cross Refrigeration, at the ceremony where Jenney cut the ribbon to officially declare the new facility open.
The new facilities create an additional 160 pallet space capacity, increaseing Greenyard’s overall ripening capacity to 452 pallet spaces.
The new chambers will improve the uniformity of ripening of both whole and part pallet volumes. Within the new facility there are four smaller rooms which will be available for research and experimental trials.
“Specialist ripening has been and continues to be a highly valued element of Greenyards’ business, these new chambers will enable the continual delivery of the highest quality stonefruit, tropical fruit, avocado and pears to all its customers, now and into the future,” the company said.