Global Cooling Inc., is touting the success of a precooling unit it recently sold to Sakuma Bros. Farms Inc.
In July, the Media, Pa.-based Global Cooling sold a precooling unit to the Burlington, Wash.-based berry grower-shipper.
The addition is helping improve Sakuma’s processing facility operation’s productivity and the improvements are helping it ship more blueberries to consumers, according to the release.
“[The] cooling unit exceeded our expectations,” Mike Lee, plant manager, said in the release. “We are very pleased with the positive effect it has had on our fruit.”
Global’s modern precoolers stand out compared to existing legacy systems in power, portability and ease of operation, according to the release.
The new unit provides improvements to common forced air cooling issues, according to the release.
Depending on the size of the load, the precoolers can cool blueberries up to six hours faster than earlier system and brings more consistency, which allows for tighter shipping schedules and improved overall plant efficiency, according to the release.
The unit has run consistently since its purchase, Lee said in the release.
Sakuma grows and ships conventional and organic blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and apples for the fresh market and processing.