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Packaging and Logistics

    Logistics projects focus on the optimization of shipping container space utilisation while packaging projects re aimed at reducing plastic packaging or finding alternatives to non-recyclable, single-use plastics without jeopardising fruit quality or the structural integrity of the packaging. The plastic workgroup of the pack house action group provides direction in terms of where the industry needs to go regarding plastic packaging.

    Expertise: Packhouse Action Group | Plastics Workgroup

    Research team

    • Ms Anél Botes
    • Mr Daniël Viljoen

    Projects list

    POME FRUIT PROJECTS
    • Evaluating a novel carton design to improve the efficiency of forced air cooling and refrigerated containers in the pome industry. (JN Ladegourdie)
    • Development of knowledge to react to possible banning of single-use petroleum-based plastics that impact on post-harvest management of stone and pome fruit quality. (H Tayler) [Abstract]
    • Evaluating the effects of different plastic liners and pallet shrouds on internal and external quality on pome fruit. (A Botes) [Abstract]
    • Development of knowledge to react to possible banning of single-use petroleum-based plastics that impact on post-harvest management of stone and pome fruit quality knowledge. (H Tayler & H Viljoen) [Abstract]
    • Implementation of next-generation packaging systems in high cube refrigerated containers for efficient cooling and improved volume usage. (T Berry and A Tiamiyu) [Abstract]

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