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Modern Fruit Consumption
Increased choice and all year availability have raised modern consumer expectations to such a level that retailers find it an ongoing challenge to maintain supply. Not only must store shelves must be full at all times it is essential that any produce delivered is in the best possible condition in order for it to appeal to the shopper. And so it is for many of our customers in South America. With so much of their business coming from the export market transportation is a critical factor in the South American growers business.
Life Below Deck
Most fruit is transported across sea and this means loading the hull of a ship with hundreds upon hundreds of pallets. However, this raises two main issues; aeration and stability.
Too much aeration and the produce can ripen too quickly, resulting in a reduced shelf life and, in extreme cases, the rotting of product. One the other hand, too little aeration and it can lead to a build up of stale air, which acts as a breeding ground for bacteria and mould. This issue can be further exacerbated in cases where the goods are sold into different climates, i.e. from hot and humid countries to cooler ones.
Furthermore, when transporting goods over large distances, the oceans and seas can be turbulent. Typhoons are an annual occurrence and so in order for the load to be delivered in its best condition it needs to arrive in one piece!
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