Providing impartial honest scientific support to the fresh produce industry
Welcome to the PQC
The Produce Quality Centre are experts in the storage of perishable produce and have the knowledge, skills and facilities to provide high quality independent research for the fresh produce industry.
Experts in reducing postharvest losses
What we do?
We carry out trials to test produce for stress responses using industry standard markers, such as texture and colour, as well as more advanced analysis of respiration and plant volatile compounds. Our controlled atmosphere and packaging facilities enable us to trial various atmospheric conditions at different temperatures and humidity levels, and process crops in a setting that can imitate the commercial environment. Whether you require a study to investigate the quality of your crop, wish to understand the effects of a change in logistics or packaging, or wish to optimise the storage of a novel product, the Produce Quality Centre can help.
What makes us Unique?
Our long-standing relationship with growers and packers gives the PQC an understanding of how the fresh produce industry operates and allows us to develop robust trials that will provide reliable results for immediate and practicable application. The pre-harvest technical background from NIAB EMR coupled with the extensive global supply chain expertise of NRI offer the fresh produce industry a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced so that we can provide effective solutions which will increase consumer choice, improve energy and transport efficiency, improve quality and nutrition, reduce waste and extend availability.
On and Off-Site Consultancy
The Produce Quality Centre recognises the importance of understanding the unique individual processes carried out by growers, suppliers, and processors. Our confidential consultancy can also be carried out directly within your organisation and can include conducting in-house trials that fully account for individual practises.