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​​Storage Advice Tool for apples and pears

What is the optimal storage regime for the world's most common apple and pear varieties, like Gala and Golden Delicious apples and Conference pears? The Storage Advice Tool provides growers and storage operators very detailed advice so that they can keep the quality of their products as high as possible. The tool covers the harvest, cool-down and storage phase, and is adapted to specific growing regions.


  • Detailed digital advice for growers and cold store operators, worldwide, 24/7 available
  • Up to date information based on the actual growing season
  • Additional: direct contact with our storage experts for customized advice

About the Storage Advice Tool

Each variety requires its own specific conditions in terms of temperature, O2, CO2, and moisture loss. This application provides advice for different levels of maturity at harvest, and covers both the cool-down phase and the storage phase. The user can also indicate which type of storage technology is available (e.g. Controlled Atmosphere) and whether an application with the ripening inhibitor 1-MCP would be desired. For every option an immediate personalized and very detailed advice will show up, which can also be stored for later use.

Storage experts

The recommendations are developed by our team of storage experts. They are based on the most recent insights (R&D and extensive field experience) and provided on an independent basis. Our team strives for less food losses, higher profit in the fresh supply chain, and higher consumption of healthy fresh products.

Who can benefit and how does it work?

Everyone who is dealing with the storage of apples and/or pears can benefit. This includes fruit growers, storage operators, technical suppliers and service providers. The application is easy to use on pc and mobile phone. The needed input from the user is facilitated by drop-down lists. The advice will appear immediately. The output is structured with advices for temperature, 1-MCP (if applicable), CO2, O2, and moisture loss in a chronological order. Our storage experts will be in regular contact with you for additional customized advices.

An example:



To use the application, you will need to become a paid member of the WUR fruit consultancy. As well as gaining access to the Storage Advice Tool, you will benefit from direct contact with storage experts for support on storage conditions. For membership outside the Netherlands we offer an extended consultancy package starting from 3500 euros per year.

Feel free to contact us for a no-obligation conversation about membership and the Storage Advice Tool.

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