Vacuum cooling solutions

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Worldwide
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After harvesting fresh vegetables and fruits have high field heat content in the summer on the field, which causes fast quality and nutritional value decrease of the fresh products. This is a post-harvest, high-speed pre-cooling method directly on the field or in the packing house with the aim of the extended shelf life and quality preservation of the fresh product.
The system can remove heat from the fresh products directly on the field or in the close area of the field. Fixed vacuum cooler and mobile vacuum cooling machines (moveable on-field) are applicable.
Vacuum cooling is a pre-cooling, postharvest method where the product is cooled down by vaporizing moisture from inside the product itself. This vaporizing takes away energy in the form of heat from the product, and this ensures rapid cooling down, normally within 15 – 30 minutes for most products, based on the plant’s specific needs.

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Farmer & Cooperative
Industry & Retail
Type: 
Technological
GAIN: 
GAIN II
Involved People: 
Campden BRI Hungary
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