A central location for ultra-modern installations

Fruits, as delicate as bananas, need to reach the stores as soon as possible after leaving the ripening facilities. The success of ‘ripe and ready’ fruit, like mangos, avocados and kiwis, is best realized from a central location with respect to the location of the distribution center.

Accordingly, Compagnie Fruitière The Netherlands established the ripening chambers in IJsselmuiden, a very strategic point in the Netherlands with favorable inland connection and quick access to all (inter)national highways.

By 2014, Compagnie Fruitière The Netherlands is the most modern ripening accommodation in the Netherlands, with 49 ripening rooms and a capacity of 63,504 banana boxes. Optimizations through the full supply chain directly give the flexibility to increase the ripening capacity by 40% towards 90.000 boxes.

The inventory is optimally managed by the ‘Controlled Atmosphere’ ripening chambers and Ultra Low Oxygen (ULO) storage and ripening systems. Special storage systems extend the shelf life of a banana, because the maturation process is being delayed, allowing the fruit to remain fresh, beautifully yellow and well flavored. Which results in more flexibility and a reduction of food waste.