Good Fruit Grower

November 2016

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Page 8 of 63 GOOD FRUIT GROWER NOVEMBER 2016 9 Trends and perspectives The industry calls facilities like Matson's automated storage and retrieval systems, or ASRS. Matson's cost disparity is on par in the worldwide cold storage industry, said Corey Rosenbusch, president and CEO of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, which is based in Alexandria, Virginia, and represents cold storage com- panies across the globe. "The technology is not cheap," he said. But the cost difference between conventional and ASRS facilities is getting narrower in the new age of automation, he said. New construction of cold stor- age runs anywhere from $115 to $170 per square foot. Conventionally built systems fall on the lower end of the spectrum, with ASRS on the higher end. The benefits include lower energy costs, cheaper fire suppression, a safer work environment and more effi- cient use of labor. A 2013 report by a consortium of cold storage industry organizations estimated an annual labor cost savings of $2.7 million per year for a facility with an 18-worker shift and each employee costing roughly Jordan Matson, who oversees packing and shipping for Matson Fruit, stands on a crane at the company's automated cold storage facility in Selah, Washington. Pallets of fruit are automatically stored and retrieved with robotic dollies and cranes instead of forklifts.

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