About our packhouses

Our Packhouses are designed and engineered tailored to the type of fruit & vegetable and their specific protocols on cold chain and extended shelf life with the best quality possible.

Get best-in-class efficient on-farm cooling and precooling, with enhanced production capacity for fresh fruit and vegetables, all-in-one solution in a modular packhouse design.

InspiraFarms packhouses integrate cold rooms with handling and processing space, as well as hygiene and administrative areas. Each packhouse is delivered with a specific cold room and precooling configuration around temperature, pressure, relative humidity and airflow with a focus in reducing shrinkage, extending shelf-life, and ensuring maximum capture of the harvest quality.

For clients who require space for aggregation, processing and packing, we offer custom-made distribution of work spaces by ensuring designs that follow best-in-class workflows and compliance with international food safety standards.

Key Features

  • The packhouse has panels made of high density PUR (Polyurethane) to maximize the thermal insulation and grant our clients lower energy bills.
  • Easy compliance with international food safety standards such as BRC, ISO22000, Global GAP and others.
  • Option of having one or multiple internal precoolers and finished product cold storage with cooling machinery designed with the most modern and low emission refrigerant gases available.
  • We can offer cooling machinery based on your needs and budget such as direct expansion, blast-chillers and chiller-based cooling solutions.
  • Flexible designs for integrating areas for reception, holding, processing, hygiene room, packing material room, offices, Q&A and more.
  • Dimensions range from 100 m² to 2,000m² or more.
  • They can be powered by grid connected and hybrid solar solutions.
  • They come with a cloud-based system to monitor your operations.

Benefits of our packhouses

  • Easy compliance with export protocols and food safety certifications

    We offer custom cold chain management according to specific crop types, and the distribution of working and processing spaces that ensure best-in-class workflows compliant with international food safety standards. This allows our clients to not only reach export quality but also perform safe value-addition of their fruit and vegetable.

  • Reduced losses and rejections

    Our packhouses integrate on-farm cold chain solutions designed under specific crop by crop protocols and working spaces for processing and adding value that follows international food safety standards. We assure our clients optimal results in reducing losses and rejections through prompt on-farm extraction of field heat by getting the cold chain to start at the farm. Adding value to the fresh produce at the farm, (grading, cleaning, cutting and packing) also assures better results on reducing the risk of losses and rejections. Most of our clients report losses and rejections of less than 3% of the agreed net weight at destination.

  • Value-addition & increased revenues

    With our cold rooms and precoolers, we generate back on-farm revenues and reduced risk – reducing fruit and vegetable supply chain risks is about efficient and quick precooling. Cold chain management for fruit and management is essential to reduce claim risks and increase farm revenues and off takers satisfaction. At InspiraFarms, we have studied, developed and tested solutions for the key export crops from Africa and incorporated that experience in our solutions.

  • One stop solution

    Our clients can easily access and deploy fully integrated packhouses with seamlessly integrated areas with prefabricated and modular components. Where we had a large number of contractors and technicians that the client had to manage, we now offer a one-stop-shop for modular steel structures (cold rooms, packing floor, dry storage, dispatch areas, loading bays, hygiene and administrative areas and more), cooling machinery, blast chillers, remote monitoring, electric and lighting solutions, and energy control.

Types of Pack houses

We manage two ranges of packhouses: FLEXI and K-Plant

Flexi range packhouse

This range of packhouses can be outdoor or indoor to better fit our customers’ needs.

The structure is modular in 5 x 5 meters modules built with laser cut steel and are hot-dip galvanized after welding to guarantee maximum durability in harsh environments.

Walls and ceilings are made of high density closed cells PUR cold room sandwich panels so that the cold room can grow with our customers.

The FLEXI range packhouses are completely self-standing and can grow in modules of 25m², with dimensions that can range from 25 to 1,000+ m², available in 3 meters height.

It is equipped with corrugated steel roofs and gutters that allow ventilation and allow for the assembly of PV panels for solar hybrid cold rooms.

Features

  • The FLEXI range of packhouses can be matched with a variety of accessories such as sliding, roll-up and hinged cold room doors, bollards and railing. It can also be served by a wide range of cooling machines and sensors.
  • The facilities are lightweight, expandable and shipped as turn-key solutions ready to be installed only requiring concrete flooring.
  • They guarantee seamless integration with cold rooms and precoolers, packing floors, hygiene areas, packing material rooms, fresh produce QA labs and any other area required in post-harvest of fruit and vegetables.
  • Once installed, the FLEXI range packhouses are ready to be operational and be compliant with food safety certifications.

K-Plant packhouse

This range of packhouses aims at serving larger operations and starts at 500+ m² modules.

The structures are modular in 6 x 18 or 6 x 24 meters modules built with H-shaped structural steel, and 18 or 24 meters span.

Packhouse dimensions range from 576 to 2,000+m², 5 meters usable height, 7 meters total height.

Walls and ceilings are made of high density closed cells PUR sandwich panels.

Features

  • This range of packhouses aims at serving larger operations and starts at 500+ m² modules.
  • The structures are modular in 6 x 18 or 6 x 24 meters modules, are built with H-shaped structural steel, and 18 or 24 meters span.
  • Packhouse dimensions range from 576 to 2,000+m², 5 meters usable height, 7 meters total height. Walls and ceilings are made of high density closed cells PUR sandwich panels.
  • The K-Plant range packhouses range can be matched with a variety of accessories such as sliding, roll-up and hinged cold room doors, bollards and railing. The K-Plant range can be integrated with the in-door cold room range and served by a wide range of cooling machines and sensors. The cold rooms and precoolers are shipped ready to be installed and only require concrete flooring.
  • This is the optimal solution for bulky crops and long-term storage needs such as roots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes or in case the packhouse needs to host automated grading and packing lines.

FAQs about packing houses

It is the building that allows to receive, grade, pack, precool fresh fruit and vegetables. It usually integrates reception areas, precooling rooms, packing floors, final product cold rooms, packing material storage, hygiene and handwashing areas, administrative areas, QA/QC and dispatch areas. Different areas and care levels are required for different crops and supply chains. Enquire from us for the solution to your needs.

The capacity for a packhouse ranges from 5 to 30+ tons of daily throughput.

Our packhouses can be powered by three-phase electric power. Single-phase is possible for small dimensions of up to 7 kW of cooling capacity. The power can be sourced through solar but as hybrid, having the grid or a generator as backup.

The price of a packhouse depends on its size, the range (in-door or out-door) and the cooling capabilities.You can have a quick price estimation through our product online configurator.

It depends on the crop and the market but usually, reception, first grading, precooling, selection, grading, packing, palletizing, final cooling, dispatch and loading.

Anything from aggregation such as grading, cutting to processing. A design will be proposed according to the specific processing needs.

Our food safaty certifications include HACCP, Global GAO, BRC, ISO22000.

To have installed an on-site InspiraFarm packhouse you will need the same requirements that to intall a cold room. See specifics detailed in the cold room FAQs.

It is possible. The units are not mobile but can be disassembled and reassembled having the civil works ready in the new site. However, make sure to get the experts to do it. Trying to move the unit yourself would usually invalidate any warranty.

InspiraFarms supports the project management for the construction of the packhouses with the support of a network of local specialized and trained construction partners.

15/20 years as a minimum if properly maintained and operated.

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