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Research: Quality control anywhere and at all times
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Wageningen Food & Biobased Research and Fotein BV jointly developed a mobile research facility. It enables research into the quality and preservation of fresh products anywhere in the world. Businesses and governments in emerging countries can use it to reduce food losses and exploit export opportunities.
The unique “COOL – Research on the Move container” is a shipping container on the outside and a high-tech research space on the inside. It is equipped with climatic chambers and state-of-the-art measuring and control devices.
“The mobile research facility will enable companies and governments to make informed decisions about the storage, transportation and sale of fresh products while maintaining the highest quality. This will in turn reduce food losses and strengthen companies’ international market position. The upshot in the long term will be additional economic activity and employment in the relevant regions”, says Peter Ravensbergen, business developer at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research.
The production of fresh fruits and vegetables in emerging countries like China, India, Kenya, Mexico and Vietnam has multiplied in recent decades. Ravensbergen: “This increases demand for the kind of knowledge and technology required to safeguard the quality and shelf life of fresh products.”
In the meantime, experts of Wageningen Food & Biobased Research are meeting with interested parties who may wish to rent or possibly buy the container. Before the local researchers start working with the equipment, they will go through a comprehensive training programme in Wageningen. And once the container has arrived at its destination the local scientsists get advice when necessary.
The “COOL – Research on the Move container” enables research into quality and preservation of fresh products such as mangos anywhere in the world. © Peter Ravensbergen