The future of fresh cut flowers exports are sea shipments. Thanks to technological developments, sea containers can arrive to many ports around the world affecting positively the quality of flowers and profitability of exporters and importers and therefore increasing the perceived value for consumers.
The better reefer containers are mandatory to accomplish those objectives. However, they are only a part of the solution!!!
Most of the known erratic results are caused by either or both botrytis and dehydration, being free moisture the origin of both since it hinders temperature stability and are the hot-bed for botrytis and other fungi.
Proper management of the cold chain and an adequate temperature of the flowers’ ambience are key for their preservation in transit. Vacuum Cooling at Origin provides a uniform cooling to the right temperature while extracting the free humidity.
We have many success stories for the American, Russian and UK markets, among others. For many years, evidence showed that maritime shipments, supported on the Vacuum Cooling process, increased vase life of flowers: roses, hydrangeas, carnations, alstroemerias… Experience proved that VC is the ideal technology for flower’ shipments.