In the weeks leading up to Halloween, a large pumpkin farm in Cambridgeshire was keen to protect fresh harvests to ensure they were suitable for retailing. Restricted air flow within storage facilities had threatened to cause difficulties, so a solution was required urgently to prevent more than six million pumpkins from succumbing to humid conditions.
Like all living organisms, pumpkins continue to respire even after being picked which has implications for their saleability if appropriate steps are not taken. A large number of pumpkins will therefore restrict air flow – increasing the likelihood of mould forming and insects breeding.
Having worked with the client on similar projects previously, we were very well acquainted with their particular requirements and how best to accommodate them. Our response was to propose a ventilation hire solution consisting of almost twenty ASF950 fans. These were deployed around various target applications and ensured a constant circulation of cool, fresh air.
The recommendation worked perfectly and enabled a highly sought-after but perishable cultivar to remain in perfect condition until distribution. By safeguarding a vast quantity of stock, we also assisted our client to keep prices competitive as supply levels corresponded with predicted output targets.