Since Interko began in 1968, we have installed over 6,000 fruit ripening rooms worldwide for bananas, avocados, mangoes and papayas – the earliest of which are still in operation and performing well today. We have a reputation for quality, innovation and service.

Innovative fruit ripening systems designed for:

  • banana ripening

  • mango ripening

  • avocado ripening

  • ripening of other exotic fruits

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About Interko and it's fruit ripening rooms

Interko through the years

1968
Aeronautical engineer Cornelius Bolkestein founds Interko

1975
Interko delivers its first fruit coolers for apples and pears

1980s
The company develops industry’s first patented banana ripening room

1988
Interko manufactures and builds its first modern pressurised banana ripening room

1990s
The firm develops its first three-tiered banana ripening room in Ireland

1999
Second generation of ripening equipment is introduced in Ireland

2002
Interko introduces lock sock ripening equipment

2004
Owner Bolkestein sells Interko to the management team

2008
Firm adapts existing banana ripening rooms for other fruits

2010
Chris Maat steps up as managing director and partner

2011
Latest generation of energy saving ripening equipment is launched in Germany

2014
Interko installs its largest ripening room in the UK to date for up to 144,480 boxes

Where our clients are....

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Every day 4 million boxes of fruit are ripened in Interko rooms worldwide