Postharvest Technology course 5th edition

Published on
October 22, 2018

From 9 till 12 October the 5th edition of the Postharvest Technology course took place on Wageningen Campus. During four days this group of 35 participants got new insights and knowledge. Our experts provided them with a set of systematic and practical theories with regard to postharvest technology.


The programme contained lectures, demo’s, pitches, company visits and a cooking workshop for social interaction. Topics to be discussed were divers, for example product physiology, insect control, the cold chain logistics of a large variety of (tropical) fruits, vegetables & ornamentals and chilling injury. The group visited Phenomea, our new postharvest technology research facility at Wageningen Food and Biobased Research. During pitches and Q&A session various new technologies within the postharvest domain that will likely to enter commercial practice within 5 years were discussed, like non-destructive quality measurements, robotisation and “deep learning” technologies for sorting and objective quality control, the use of LED-light treatments before and after harvest to improve product quality and Big Data and ”Bayesian networks” for product quality prediction. For the application of theory in practice they jointly went on a field trip to NedCool BV a cool storage facility, tomato packer and distributer Prominent  and fruit importer and ripener Nature’s Pride.

Participants & Experts

The programme attracted numerous technical managers, quality-surveyors, researchers, business developers, postharvest experts and decision-makers from a diversity of international operating organizations in the field of fresh produce. 

This course offered me a chance to refresh my knowledge on postharvest technology and get new insights and ideas for future practice. Next to that I realised that there are still possibilities to improve the daily processes in our company.
Bram van Mil, manager, Marginpar BV, The Netherlands

The involved experts are working at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, the Horticulture and Product Physiology Group from Wageningen University and UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center. The course was successfully organized by Wageningen Academy.

Next edition

This course is expected to be held again in October 2020. Visit the course page for more information, or show your interest in this course and we keep you updated!

Questions? Feel free to contact programme manager Monique Tulp.
For more information regarding the course
click here.