East Malling's new supply chain research centre gets royal opening

The Produce Quality Centre, a new collaboration between East Malling Research (EMR) and the University of Greenwich's Natural Resources Institute, was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Kent yesterday (11 December).

HRH the Duke of Kent unveils a plaque to mark the opening of the PQC - image:EMR
HRH the Duke of Kent unveils a plaque to mark the opening of the PQC - image:EMR

Based at EMR's Kent site, the Produce Quality Centre will focus on ways to improve the handling of fresh produce throughout the supply chain, and so increase consumer choice, boost energy and transport efficiency, improve quality and nutrition, reduce waste and extend availability.

At the heart of the new centre is the Jim Mount Building, the UK’s leading controlled atmosphere research storage facility, but the collaboration also benefits from a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities across EMR and the University of Greenwich.

EMR chief executive Professor Peter Gregory said: "By focussing the widest range of horticultural expertise and post-harvest research facilities assembled in the UK, we can improve quality and reduce losses for a wide range of temperate and tropical fruits, vegetables and cut flowers, develop best practice and troubleshoot problems in the supply chain."

Projects at the centre are funded by the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Defra, the agricultural levy bodies and numerous commercial clients, including most of the major retailers.
 


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