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Greenvale AP invests £1.7million to reduce water usage

 Greenvale AP
February 22, 2012
Leading UK potato supplier Greenvale AP is on target to reduce its water usage by 100 million litres a year after rolling out its revolutionary Cascade eco root vegetable washing system to its Floods Ferry site in Cambridgeshire at a cost £1.7 million.

Together with the first Cascade system installed at Tern Hill in Shropshire in 2009, Greenvale is aiming to slash its water usage by 80 per cent and cut the energy costs of chilling the water by 50 per cent.  The system also processes the sand and soil which is siphoned out of the water to be reused and sold on, so that almost everything is recycled. 

Product quality is also improved with the potatoes being washed in constantly recycled clean, chilled water, reducing the risk of bacterial cross contamination.  This increases the shelf life and also improves the appearance of the 300,000 tonnes of potatoes processed each year at the two sites. The system enables the company to supply their customers with an end product which benefits from the enhancements made possible by the Cascade process.

(Click to enlarge) Restrain, a natural modified atmosphere storage system which boasts some significant environmental credentials.

Source: Greenvale AP
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Greenvale AP is a leading supplier of fresh potatoes and the UK's largest grower of organic potatoes. The company operates two packing facilities.
Restrain offers sprout inhibitions systems for the storage of potatoes and onions based on ethylene gas.