The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is a specialist research, development and education organisation of the University of Greenwich, with a focus on food, agriculture, environment, and sustainable livelihoods.
NRI has a long history of working with global food supply chains and has wide ranging expertise including postharvest handling perishable produce, quantification of postharvest losses, food safety, grain storage, and market economics. By combining this wide range of expertise NRI has worked to optimise strategies of crop transportation and storage from the very low tech to modern smart mechanisation. Controlled atmosphere and temperature facilities located at the Jim Mount Building at the Produce Quality Centre (where NRI works closely with NIAB EMR) can be used to simulate a plethora of transport and storage conditions, as well as carry out processing and packaging optimisation studies, providing fresh produce providers with robust quality analysis to optimise logistics, develop novel products, maintain high quality produce, and reduce loss.
NRI’s team at the Produce Quality Centre seeks to support members of the UK fresh produce supply chain by providing the facilities and expertise to carry out impartial honest scientific analysis.