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Gourmet Mokai

Gourmet Mokai
North Island, New Zealand


Gourmet Mokai, a New Zealand producer of tomatoes and capsicums, keeps a keen eye on what its customers want. The company is part of New Zealand Gourmet, which sells premium fruits and vegetables to local markets in Australia and South-East Asia.

We were 
impressed with the support 

of Philips on how to use and get the best out of these lights.”

 

- Roelf Schreuder, Production Director Protected crops at New Zealand Gourmet

Philips GreenPower LED interlighting
Greenhouse Gourmet Mokai

Customer Challenge

 

During summer months, Gourmet Mokai had little problem meeting customer demand for its popular Campari tomatoes. Though the company could produce some tomatoes using natural light in winter, it was not able to keep up when customer demand rose. Artificial lighting seemed the obvious way forward, but Gourmet Mokai wanted to make sure it could provide the same—and even improved—crops with a new lighting system. At the same time, the company wanted to reduce its operating costs and gain more control over the growing climate, even when using artificial light.

A pesar de que la tecnología ofrece cada vez más facilidad para
A pesar de que la tecnología ofrece cada vez más facilidad para

The right lighting

 

Because of its complex needs, Gourmet Mokai sought a lighting provider with a lot of experience. “We saw Philips as the main company installing LED systems,” says Roelf Schreuder. “We saw how well they had done on projects in Europe. It was clear that they had the most knowledge and the most advanced techniques.” The company provided Gourmet Mokai LED light recipes that would allow them to achieve an optimal spectrum for its plant growth and crop management.

 

Although Gourmet Mokai has only had the lights in place for a few months, Schreuder is optimistic. “We expect to improve the predictability of our Campari tomatoes in the wintertime,” he says. “We will have a more stable supply throughout the year, which will improve our relationship with buyers.”

 

Schreuder: “The lighting gives us a more consistent volume of work throughout the year. We expect this to reduce employee turnover and cut our training costs.”

 

Predictable growth and higher quality

Facts

Sector

Vegetables and fruit

Partner

Agrolux

Location

North Island, New Zealand

Solution

Philips GreenPower LED toplighting and GreenPower LED interlighting

Results

Predictable growth, higher quality and higher yield

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