3 Reasons why temperatures rise during fruit shipping.

1. Ambient temperature

Most fruit we consume are actually grown on the other side of the planet. To get to our local supermarket the freighters have to cross zones with high ambient temperatures.

Temperatures can reach up to 35 degrees celsius near the equator, the cooling unit of the reefer work hard to keep te temperatures steady throughout the entire container.

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2. Below deck

Chances are that a reefer unit is stowed below deck. Temperatures here are often much higher than above deck because of a low air circulation. Keep in mind that cooling units from neighbouring reefers add additional heat to the equation.

Reefers are often stowed below deck, having to many reefers on top is troubling for the centre of gravity of a ship since they are often the heaviest containers.

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3. Made for boxes

Reefer units are actually made to ship boxes. A T-bar floor that is covered with carton boxes will have good air pressure throughout the container. Since fruit is being transported mostly on pallets, the air pressure get's lost, making it hard to provide enough pressure of (cold) air to reach all corners of the container.

By placing OTFLOW on the floor of the reefer unit we create the optimal flow of air inside the container. Using the effect that carton boxes have to cover the T-bars, we created the optimal shape to distribute the cold air.

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About us

OTFLOW BV is a Rotterdam-based company with a passion to reduce fruit waste on a global scale and making sure more fruit reaches the shelfs of the supermarket.

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Data-driven solution

In 2016, the University of Wageningen performed several tests to prove once and for all what works best to improve the airflow inside containers. 


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