Cold Storage of Fresh Fruits

Discover the fascinating world of fruit storage with our online course. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the physiological processes and technical background behind cooling systems and controlled atmosphere storage. Whether you're a fruit grower, part of the fruit storage industry, or simply interested in fruit and vegetable storage technology, this course is for you. Learn to distinguish between primary and side issues and master the latest storage technologies. Don't miss this opportunity to broaden your knowledge and take your skills to the next level.

Organised by Wageningen Academy

Mon 1 January 2024 until Tue 31 December 2024

Duration 18 hours (self-paced)
Price EUR 795.00
Price description This covers online access for 4 months.

Target audience

Our online course is ideal for professionals in the fresh fruit industry. Including apple and pear growers, trading organizations, fruit auctions, cooling operators, and consultants. Participants should have a background or education in the field and want to expand their knowledge of fruit storage technology. Whether you're looking to improve your fruit storage practices or stay up to date with advancements, this course is interesting for you.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Choose the right steps for optimal storage conditions.
  • Understand basic fruit physiology and fruit quality.
  • Understand post-harvest quality defects of apples and pears and their causes.
  • Work safely in fruit storage facilities.
  • Understand different storage systems and their application.
  • Explain the technical components of storage systems and their functioning.
  • Calculate basic investments and operating costs for storage technology.
  • Explain the influence of storage conditions on the fruit.
  • Understand energy uptake and management of a storage system.


Within 18 hours this course will guide you through the many interesting facets of storing fruits. Practical examples often deal with apples and pears; the underlying principles are applicable to common types of fruits. Quizzes are offered throughout the course to test your knowledge. The course offers the following topics:

  • Introduction to cold storage of fruits
  • Product: Fruit biology, relation between preharvest conditions and postharvest behavior, physiological processes
  • Technology: Refrigeration and storage technology, explanation of functioning
  • Product and Technology: Practical technological applications to achieve storage conditions for preserving top fruit quality
  • Energy and Economics: Energy management in storage systems, investment and operations costs
  • Closure and closing quiz: Summary and online test to obtain a certificate

Experience the convenience of online self-study with our fruit cold storage course! Participants can learn at their own pace with 24/7 access to course materials on the WUR online platform. With a personal account, you'll have the freedom to study whenever and wherever you like. The course features practical tutorials, knowledge clips, and readings, with quizzes offered throughout to test and expand your knowledge of food storage. Join us now and take the first step towards mastering the art of cold storage.

After paying the course fee, you'll receive a personal account with 2 months of access to the course content. You can start anytime and complete the course at your own pace.


Upon passing the online test (closing quiz), you'll receive a personalized certificate to showcase your newfound knowledge and skills.

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For me, this course was the perfect refresher. It highlighted how important fruit maturity is with harvesting and the importance of MI with respect to storage regimes. The format - online and self paced - allowed me to keep working fulltime ánd study.
Angelique Potgieter, Technical Manager Kromco South Africa