Refrigeration plants require the highest demand on the national grid as well as being extremely pricey.
Energy prices are constantly rising and that is why Newmafruit has been working with STS, who are looking at ways of reducing the power requirements of expensive storage units.
Our site in Canterbury has a limited amount of power available. Therefore enlisting ICA and STS at Howfields was required when the existing cold store units needed to be expanded since Newmafruits partnership with Co-op.
From 1999, regular intervals of new storage units have been added to the site, with investments running from around £600,000 to £1m in the time between 2002 and 2012.
Since 2002, Newmafruit produced approximately 16,000 to 17,000 bins a year. This has since increased to 32,000 home produced bins a year. Improvements have been made in that time by replacing plantings with money saving, fast cropping, high quality varieties.
It was with Mike Barnet that breaking down the costs of each storage unit began and
looked to ICA and STS to deliver cost savings in the refurbishment.
‘The Fruit Grower’, October 2012