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Kennesaw, Georgia — Emerson (NYSE: EMR) announced the release of its GO Real-Time CO2 Tracker. This latest innovation is suitable for produce shippers who manage and monitor carbon dioxide to help extend shelf life of fruit, such as berries, apples, and pears. Managing carbon dioxide is one of the methods used globally by shippers to help ensure the utmost freshness of produce. In addition to monitoring carbon dioxide levels in real-time, this new version of the popular GO Real-Time Tracker also provides valuable features such as temperature, location and light sensing coupled with real-time actionable alerts.
“In the produce industry, reputations are often built on delivering quality, fresh products safely to the consumer,” said Frank Landwehr, vice president and general manager, Cargo Solutions for Emerson. “Whether in a truck or in a sea cargo container, the GO Real-Time CO2 Tracker is another tool our customers can use to help protect their brands when their perishable shipments are in transit.”
The GO Real-Time CO2 Tracker is available now. Customers can continue to leverage the online Oversight dashboard or Oversight mobile app to help monitor shipments during transport of cargo. To download the app or for more information on end-to-end cold chain monitoring solutions, visit Emerson.com/Cargo.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business is a leader in helping process and discrete manufacturers automate and optimize production processes through our best-inclass technologies and industry expertise. Our Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions business develops technologies and services that improve human comfort, safeguard food, protect the environment, enable sustainable food waste disposal and support efficient construction and maintenance of buildings and municipal infrastructure. For more information, visit Emerson.com.
As the month of March progresses, produce shippers will be transitioning to the coastal valleys of California as well as the Huron district on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. However, for now primary vegetables shipments continue from the desert regions of California and Arizona. But shipping gapes in the weeks ahead are certain.
Loadings for some early season cauliflower and broccoli should start from the Salinas Valley in mid-March. Meanwhile desert lettuce shipments will shift to Huron (San Joaquin Valley) by the end of March. However it be early April before lettuce and leaf items are shipped from Salinas. This is when the shipping gaps will start and the issues will continue at least until May.
A couple of hours drive to the south a very similar scenario is seen in Santa Maria. The broccoli and cauliflower currently being harvested has quality issues due to relentless recent rains.
Quality is expected to gradually improve along with volume throughout March, but yields and loadings will be down along with supply gaps.
Vegetable shipments from the California and Arizona deserts should finish during the third week of March.
In Southern California, rains hit strawberry fields and volume is slowly improving, but still struggling to get back to normal. Decent strawberry shipments are expected by the third week of March from Ventura County. While Southern California strawberries are working to regain good volume, shipments from Florida and Mexico are starting to decline. Both those areas of origin are well above their shipping levels compared to the same time in 2016.
Florida and Mexico had a combined volume of about 36 million cartons compared to about half that in late February 2016. For the past two years, those two production areas have combined to ship around 50 million trays to U.S. markets.
In late February, California had shipped just 3 million crates compared to the close to 200 million it typically ships in a calendar year.