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June / July 2023

The postharvest revolution

SA Fruit Journal: June / July 2023

Discover how more than a century of technological advances has transformed the deciduous-fruit industry. By Anna Mouton

South African growers first tried to export fruit back in 1841, but it took another 50 years – and the introduction of refrigerated shipping – before the Molteno brothers achieved success with 14 cases of peaches sent to England.

At the time, the Cape Colony was the only potential source of fresh fruit for European markets between December and March. Cape growers saw their chance and drove postharvest innovation in everything from packaging to cold-chain management.

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