If you operate a cool room to store fresh produce, you already know how vital it is to maintain optimal storage conditions. However, simply monitoring the temperature isn’t sufficient to ensure the quality and safety of your stored products. You also need to track other critical environmental factors like humidity, ethylene, and carbon dioxide levels.
That’s why PostHarvest’s environmental sensor, AtmosFresh, can be a game-changer for your business.
Here are some of the key benefits you can expect from monitoring temperature, humidity, ethylene, carbon dioxide, and other levels in your cool room:
Optimise conditions for specific products
Different types of produce have unique temperature, humidity, and gas concentration requirements to maintain quality and safety. For example, bananas produce high levels of ethylene gas that can trigger ripening in other fruits and vegetables, leading to spoilage. Similarly, high humidity levels can cause mould and bacterial growth, while low humidity can cause dehydration and wilting.
By monitoring multiple environmental factors with PostHarvest’s AtmosFresh, you can ensure your cool room is maintaining the appropriate storage conditions for the specific products you’re storing. This helps to reduce spoilage, extend shelf life, and preserve flavour, texture, and nutrient content.
Detect and prevent potential problems
Even with the best storage practices, issues can still arise in your cool room. However, monitoring multiple environmental factors can help you detect and address potential problems before they become significant issues.
For example, if the temperature fluctuates outside the optimal range, you’ll receive real-time alerts from AtmosFresh’s software system so you can take corrective action. Similarly, if humidity levels increase due to a leak or malfunction, you’ll be notified immediately, allowing you to prevent mould growth and product spoilage.
Additionally, AtmosFresh can detect high levels of ethylene or carbon dioxide, which can indicate the presence of decaying or damaged products. This can help you identify and remove affected items promptly, preventing further contamination and premature product ripening.
Improve product quality and safety
Maintaining optimal storage conditions isn’t just essential for extending the shelf life of your products; it’s also critical for ensuring their safety and quality. For instance, high humidity can lead to bacterial and fungal growth, which can cause foodborne illnesses, while exposure to high levels of ethylene gas can result in premature ripening and decay.
With AtmosFresh, you can track multiple environmental factors simultaneously, allowing you to spot potential issues before they affect your products’ quality and safety. This helps preserve your brand’s reputation and reduce liability risks.
Reduce waste and costs
When products spoil or go bad due to improper storage conditions, it can lead to significant financial losses and environmental waste. However, monitoring multiple environmental factors can help reduce waste and costs by prolonging product shelf life and reducing spoilage.
PostHarvest’s AtmosFresh offers advanced analytics and insights into your storage conditions, enabling you to identify trends and patterns in spoilage and waste. By addressing the root causes of these issues, you can take proactive measures to reduce waste, minimise product loss, and improve your profitability.
In conclusion, monitoring multiple environmental factors like temperature, humidity, ethylene, and carbon dioxide levels can have a significant impact on the safety, quality, and shelf life of your stored products.
If you’re interested in experiencing the benefits of PostHarvest’s AtmosFresh, for your business, you’ll be pleased to know that the company is currently conducting customer trials. By registering your interest on their website, you’ll have the opportunity to test the system in your own cool room and see the results for yourself.
Don’t miss out on this chance to optimise your storage conditions, reduce waste and costs, and improve the safety and quality of your stored products. Contact PostHarvest today to learn more about their customer trial program and register your interest.