At ECOROSES we have implemented an effective “cold chain” system that involves state of the art technology. This is done in order to maintain the freshness of the roses from harvesting all the way up to its delivery (via the cargo agency of your choice), ultimately guaranteeing premium quality roses with an optimum vase life.
The post-harvest area spans 2,000 m2. It is within this area that on an individual basis we aim to obtain fresh, consistent and standardized quality product for each customer and market.
The criteria we use for classifying the roses is based on the integrity and quality of their traits, these include:
- Length and thickness of stem
- Size of bud
- Opening or cutting point
- Color of the flower
- Health and condition of foliage
Once categorized, they are wrapped inside corrugated cardboard to protect the roses while the foliage is covered with a plastic sleeve to prevent dehydration and damage during transport. Each bunch is identified with a label stating the variety, stem length, date of processing, number of stems per bunch, and the code of the person who prepared the bunch.
There are two important cold areas at ECOROSES. With a total of 4,300 m3 of cold space, this key link of our cold chain guarantees the quality and vase life of our roses before arriving at the customer’s doorstep. First, we have a pre-cool area where the outdoor heat is removed from the flowers as they arrive from the field, swiftly halting the opening of the flowers. Secondly, we have a large hydration and packing cold-room where temperature is kept between 0.5° and 2° guarantying quality prior to shipping.
After processing the flowers as such, they are then hydrated with a certified, high-quality, commercial floral-preservative for at least 7-hours (at temperatures ranging from 0.5° to 2ºC). Reaching and maintaining low temperatures are key to assure product quality and vase life.
In all our cold rooms we have Aerocide and ethylene removal units that constantly clean the air and remove ethylene, thus preventing premature aging and the development of diseases while still preserving the quality of the flower.
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Packaging is also carried out at a temperature of 0.5° to 2ºC. Grouped and labeled boxes remain in this area until they leave in a refrigerated truck for their short journey to Mariscal Sucre Airport in Tababela. The loading process of the boxes from the cold room to the truck also maintains the same temperature range.
Four sizes of boxes are used for packaging, three of which are various half-sized boxes and the fourth is a smaller quarter-sized box. The weight of a full box (two half-sized boxes or four quarter-sized boxes) is 32 kilograms on average. This average weight varies slightly according to the box size, the stem length, the number of bunches in the box and the variety of rose.
When it comes to packaging, ECOROSES has a FLEXIBILITY POLICY available as part of its customer service. This can be requested so long as it does not jeopardize our quality standards.