Cold Chain & Packaging

Programme Coordinator:

Dr. Paul Cronje

Collaborating Researchers:

Dr. Thijs Defraeye, Jade North, Goodman Sibiya, Mitchell Brooke

Research Conducted: 

The aim of this programme is to develop improved handling options in the cold chain to ensure the supply of high quality fruit in all markets. A focus area is the improved use of refrigerated containers and specifically to cold treatment markets. This programme analyses those factors influential in cooling of fruit, e.g. carton design and forced air cooling facilities, as well as maintaining fruit at the desired temperature during export without resulting in the deterioration of the fruit rind.