SOUTH AFRICA: Subtropical fruit packaging on show at regional event

Stacey Loader on Sirane Southern Africa's stand at SubTrop 2017

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.

For more information on Sirane’s food packaging range, email jeremy@sirane.com. To contact Sirane Southern Africa, email stacey.loader@sirane.com or call +27 (0)21 556 2949.

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