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Maersk Container Industry (MCI) eyes “revolution” of mango trade

9/9/2014 11:00 AM



A recent test in Ivory Coast shows how West Africa’s mango trade can be extended by special containers that place the fruit in hibernation.







Farmers in Ivory Coast struggle with a mango harvest season that is as short as the fruit is sweet. “For a 4-6 week period in April and May, the country is flooded with good mangos, but it ends abruptly when the rainy season starts. From then on, the mango just starts decaying,” explains Mathew Shed, container manager in the specialist shipping company Africa Express Line (AEL).




“We were approached in April by Eolis, a CF logistics company, who asked for some kind of smart solution that would keep the fruit delicious and marketable for a longer time,”
he adds. 




The solution turned out to be special reefer containers. With quick help from a container leasing company and a container depot in Antwerp, Belgium, Star Cool containers were upgraded to work with controlled atmosphere, in short known as CA, and sent to Ivory Coast.



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Mango exporters ‘can go anywhere’ with new tech use, says Maersk

September 15th, 2014





By using previously existing technology for a new purpose, reefer manufacturing company Maersk Container Industry (MCI) may have found a way to increase mango export and sales seasons for growers and supermarkets throughout the world. 







The company recently carried out successful tests in the Ivory Coast in western Africa – where producers’ export season is limited to between four and six weeks – to see if its Star Cool controlled atmosphere (CA) shipping containers could be used to help increase the fruit’s shelf life.



MCI sales and marketing general manager Anders G. Holm told www.freshfruitportal.com the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels could be controlled inside the special containers to put the mangoes into a state of ‘hibernation’.








“In other terms they fall asleep, and you can keep them there till you take them out of the CA condition, then you can ripen and sell them,”
Holm said.








“What happens in our system is we use the fruit’s own respiration to consume oxygen …