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New ripening technology debuts at $43 million-dollar Melbourne facility
Coles investing to support Queensland banana growers
Coles has invested $43 million in a state-of-the-art ripening facility in Melbourne that will support banana, avocado and mango growers in North Queensland and provide customers with top-quality fresh fruit all year round.
The brand-new facility in Melbourne’s west was built as part of a five-year agreement between Coles and growers collective Mackays Marketing and has the capacity to ripen 350 million pieces of fruit every year.
Coles will use this facility to ripen fruit from farmers across Australia, including the North Queensland growing regions, like Tully, Lakeland, Innisfail and Mareeba before being sold in more than 270 supermarkets across Victoria and South Australia.
Using best in class new reversible air flow ripening technology, the 7,280sqm facility is 70 per cent more energy efficient than traditional ‘tarped’ ripening systems, producing fruit that has been ripened as it is needed, improving shelf life for customers and reducing waste.
Mackays Marketing CEO Richard Clayton said the partnership with Coles would be instrumental in encouraging greater consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables to create a healthier nation.
“This project has bought best practice ripening technology to Coles and this will help us continue to regularly provide the very best quality bananas, avocados and mangoes to consumers,” he said.
“Our farming families are proud of the produce they grow and excited to see a reduction of waste produce as we extend the shelf life of the fruit.
“Australians need to keep their immune systems strong and there’s no better way to do this than a regular diet of fresh fruit and vegetables.”
The 5-star Green Star facility incorporates a number of sustainability measures, including rainwater tanks with a combined capacity of 100,000 litres and more than 1,790 solar panels -- capable of generating electricity equivalent to the annual usage of more than 86 average Australian homes1.
Coles Group Chief Commercial Officer Greg Davis said the ripening facility would help drive generational sustainability for Coles and Australian farmers.
“We’re delighted to be supporting horticulture jobs across Queensland and other growing regions by replacing old technology with more sustainable alternatives,” Mr Davis said.
“Bananas are one of the most popular products in our supermarkets, and by partnering with key growers and investing in sustainability throughout our supply chain we can continue to offer top-quality Australian fruit to our customers.”
Coles and Woolworths relax fruit and vegetable specifications
Major supermarkets in Australia have relaxed specifications for fruit and vegetables in an effort to get more fresh produce onto shelves during the COVID-19 pandemic. Coles has stated that it was working with farmers every day to ensure it could get as much of its produce to customers as possible. "We have relaxed specifications around things like cosmetic blemishes, size, and appearance in consultation with our partners," said a spokesperson.
Woolworths said it was also adapting its specifications for fruit and vegetables. "We are working with all our suppliers to maximise the supply so we can meet this demand," said Woolworths' head of produce, Paul Turner.
"Our specifications are adaptable so we can respond to the quality, quantity, and availability of produce in the market. Customers may see some differences in size on some of our fruit and vegetables as we work with our growers to ensure continuity of supply."
Troy Qualischefski from Qualipac Produce in the Lockyer Valley said second-grade vegetables had never been this easy to sell. He said he was currently harvesting broccoli and was having no problems finding a home for it. "The specifications haven't changed in our business, but what has happened is that the second-grade product — that in an oversupplied market never used to have a home — all of a sudden has a value," he said. "So we are able to move some out-of-spec products through other avenues.”
Coles joins the supply chain revolution
Coles is launching a new ‘cloud platform’ called Azure to host all its applications and data collection processes. This brings the company into line with Woolworths, who launched their own supply chain data platform with start-up Escavox earlier this year.
Coles strategic aim can is to use artificial intelligence to become much smarter about how it manages its costs and value proposition to its clients. Coles chief information and digital officer Roger Sniezek said the goal was to simplify operations, which will allow them to “execute advanced analytics and artificial intelligence across all areas of the business at extreme scale.”
Artificial Intelligence doesn’t think in the same way a human does, but can process numbers and logic and learn patterns at a much faster rate. Using an extremely quick series of ‘if-then’ checks AI boils every decision down to logic and mathematics, which makes it very capable of making large-scale efficiency decisions with great accuracy.
In terms of supermarkets like Coles, the benefits of data are immediate. What is the weather like, what time of year is it, what is the traffic like, how much stock are you holding, what is the demographic of your neighbourhood, what time of day is it – all things that can inform what stock to order, and when.
But we’re not there yet. To make informed decisions, the AI must learn from data, which is why good data collection has become one of the most important parts of agricultural technology in recent years. The more data AI has access to, the more accurate its logic can be, and the greater the benefits.