“Storage technology sounds too good to be true” – As found on the internet
“The storage system sounds like the ‘umpteenth miracle system,’ it’s true, but this one actually works.” Owner Roger van Engelgem from Agri Technology in Mechelen, Belgium, is visibly enthused about the AiroFresh storage system, which doesn’t use chemical additives to increase the shelf life of fruit and vegetables, but by applying a certain way to purify air. The owner of Agri Technology cooperates with the Australian company AiroFresh, which rents the purification systems to third parties in Belgium and the Netherlands. This new cost saving organic storage technology can result in a change within the fresh produce sector, according to Roger.
According to the owner of Agri Technology, the AiroFresh ensures the air in certain rooms is purified, without using air filters and chemicals. “The basic technology comes from NASA and from further scientific research for use in the fresh produce sector,” he says. “It ensures that air in the room is fresh and free of germs. This can both be applied for top fruit and soft fruit in the fresh produce sector. In Australia, where the system is already in use, the growers had good results thanks to this storage technology. The AiroFresh doesn’t block further flavour development during storage, as is the case when using ethylene blockers. This is even more pronounced with pears than with apples.”