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About Banana Jim

Invented Tarpless Ripening in 1990 (some would argue that!), working at D Theoderedis in Bethlehem, PA. Founded Thermal Technologies, then sold it in 1997. Now head up Global Cooling, with the best ripening rooms and precoolers available. Ethylene scrubbers and ultrasonic humidifiers, too.

Banana Ripening Room Supervisor Salary Survey Data

Economic Research Institute has published yearly salary survey results for banana ripeners for 100 US cities.  Chicago is highest at $105,679, with McAllen, Texas coming in at #100, $81,611. The survey is copyright protected, and can be viewed here. ( … Continue reading

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Jet Precooler Provides Affordable Forced-Air Cooling to Preserve Freshness

(Media, PA USA) If you are a farmer or packhouse looking to rapidly cool your fresh fruit, vegetables, or floral, the Jet Precooler might be exactly what you are looking for. The Jet Precooler, offered by Global Cooling Inc. of … Continue reading

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Forklift Exhaust turns carrots into Horse Food…

An Australian farmer thought she was doing everything right, but didn’t know about ethylene from internal combusion engines…An excerpt. “Getting the grading / packing line up and running properly took a couple of days, then we were ready to roll. … Continue reading

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Postharvest Links

For personal use only. Ripe Bananas Glow Blue Under UV Light UC Davis – New technology for Working with Ethylene UC Davis – Ethylene Might Accelerate Deteriorization of Perishables UC Davis Guestbook UC Davis Postharvest Facts All UC Davis Publications … Continue reading

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Vertical Airflow Precooling Doubles Capacity in Same Floor Space

Vertical Airflow Precoolers allow packhouses to double or triple daily throughput, without adding on to the building. The 2-tier forced-air cooling systems, allow packhouse operators to go up, and not out, to increase capacity. Precooling is the term, for quickly … Continue reading

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World’s Most Accurate Ethylene Sensors Available Now

Accurate and affordable ethylene sensors can control ripening and de-greening to precise levels of ethylene gas.  The sensors eliminate the guesswork of ethylene gassing, with a typical setpoint of 20 parts per million (ppm) for ripening, and 4 to 5 … Continue reading

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Names for fruit and vegetables in different parts of the world.

The same produce commodity items, are known by different names in different countries. Here’s a list. To find: See: Abogado Avocado Alligator pear Avocado Alfalfa sprouts Sprouts Anon Sapodilla Apple cactus Dragon fruit Apple pear Asian pear Araçá boi Arazá … Continue reading

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Vertical Airflow Pre-Coolers™ Increase Capacity without Increasing Building Size

Vertical Airflow Pre-Coolers™ can help grower-packers, to greatly increase throughput, without increasing building size. Because Vertical Airflow precoolers can be built for 2-pallets-high, they can double the throughput of a cooling facility, in the same floor space being used now. … Continue reading

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Mango Ripening

To facilitate successful marketing of mangoes using conventional packaging and postharvest handling methods, mangoes destined for import into the USA are harvested at the mature green stage while still firm. The fruit are then ripened after they arrive in the … Continue reading

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The 80/20 Guide to Better Cold Chain Management

The book “The 80/20 Principle” has been a best seller for many years. Many have found that it is possible to achieve 80% of the benefits with only 20% of the effort. This also applies to Cold Chain Management, we … Continue reading

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