SOUTH AFRICA: Subtropical fruit packaging on show at regional event
SIRANE Southern Africa’s team exhibited their range of fruit packaging solutions at Subtrop 2017 – with plenty of interest shown by the region’s subtropical fruit growers.
Around 500 producers attended the show – with feedback for the Sirane team and the sub-tropical fruit packaging products offered to the market overwhelmingly positive.
Stacey Loader, director of Sirane Southern Africa, said: “We’ve had some excellent results in terms of shelf-life extension for sub-tropical fruits using Sirane’s absorbent packaging range – and the symposium was a great opportunity to talk to people in the industry.
“Subtropical fruits – such as papaya, lychees, mangoes and avocadoes – are often exported vast distances – and so shelf-life is a very important factor in the supply chain. Subtropical fruits are popular around the world – but how to get them there fresh?
“Sirane’s absorbent fruit pads, which include ethylene absorbent options and anti-bacterial / anti-microbial options, can make a positive difference to actual shelf-life achieved.
“As a result of the feedback at the show, and the positive conversations we had, we’ll be running further product trials on lychees, mangoes and blueberries – all of which are products which can benefit significantly from packaging which can help to extend shelf-life.”
The Subtrop Marketing Symposium – held at the Ingwenyama Conference and Sport Resort, White River, South Africa - draws growers, packers, processors and exporters in the subtropical fruit and nut industries – and has been growing year on year as a show.
The programme for the day included a broad range of topics, ranging from the economic outlook of the industry to promotion and an insight into the international trade.