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Postharvest technology means optimising the quality of perishables while improving the sustainability of the fresh chain. Smart combination of physiology and technology keep perishables attractive and healthy while reducing losses, costs, energy consumption and the usage of chemicals.
Our researchers work on packaging, controlled atmosphere (CA) storage, cooling, sensors and control technologies and study physiological processes and dynamics of perishables. This resulted for example in a new and interactive approach to treat fresh products to respond to the natural maturity process of perishables: Optimised CA conditions for fruit based on ethanol measurements.
State-of-the-art fresh supply chains enable retailers to provide consumers with top quality products throughout the year in a more sustainable manner. For instance allowing carefully designed fluctuations in temperature can significantly reduce cooling energy, without compromising the quality of products. Such methods require proper monitoring of the product response, knowledge to interpret the collected data and expertise to take appropriate action. Food & Biobased Research has the tools and expertise to develop new technologies, give advice and assist in postharvest innovation.