Banhoek Fruit Packers is a specialist stone fruit packhouse situated on Mount Joy Farms, within the Banhoek Valley, 45 kilometres from Cape Town harbour. We utilize the latest computer technology on our packing equipment and specialize in the packing of plums and nectarines primarily for the export market during the summer months. Particular attention is paid to food safety and traceability.
Expansion into the fresh produce market is our primary objective once the plum season has ended. We recognize that our workforce is our most important asset. The packhouse enables us to make a significant social and financial contribution as we provide employment and training for members of the adjacent Kylemore village. We are also involved in community projects. The packhouse is linked to Mount Joy Farms which is a leading producer of plums in South Africa.
The Operational Packhouse
The fruit received by the packhouse is weighed and pre-cooled in order to remove orchard heat. It is then graded on a 4-lane high speed optical grader, packed in cartons, labelled and palletised.
The pallets are cooled to the required temperature and are then cold stored awaiting containerisation and export to overseas markets, mainly to the United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East & Far East. The cold chain is thus maintained. This entire process takes place according to the highest food safety standards. The Packhouse and its cold rooms are registered with DAFF and PPECB.
The packhouse operated by Banhoek Fruit Packers incorporates the latest computerised technology. We are consequently able to meet the packing and packaging requirements of our local customers and offshore supermarkets such as different carton sizes, open display cartons, punnets and bags.
We are uncompromising in our quality control and all fruit is packed according to the standards required by overseas supermarkets. The traceability of all fruit is ensured.
The cartons and pallets are labelled according to international protocols. Each carton can be traced back to the grower as well as to the orchard in which the fruit was grown.
All fruit received for packing is subject to our own quality control tests and fruit intended for export is inspected on our premises by the government export agency, the Perishable Products’ Export Control Board (PPECB).
Finally, the fruit pallets are containerised from our cold store and dispatched to Cape Town harbour for shipment overseas. Integral 40-foot containers are used. A permanent record of the cold chain is kept from the time of packing until the container reaches its final destination.
Layout of the Facility
Pre Cooler Room – 400 Jumbo Bins cold storage capacity, or can be used as an additional 80 Pallet Cold Room.
Main Holding Room – 120 High Cube Pallets.
Force Cooler 1 – 24 Pallets (36 hours pull down time to minus 0.5 degrees Celsius).
Force Cooler 2 – 24 Pallets (36 hours pull down time to minus 0.5 degrees Celsius).
Main Pack Line – 4 Lane High Speed Optical Grader – Rotary tipper onto dry in-feed. There are 22 Drops / Packing tables.
- Production Capacity per Hour – 5 000 kg (Stone Fruit)
Additional Pack Line – Double Lane Pack Line – wet & dry tipping into in-feed with all product moving over a sorting table before transferring onto the main pack tables that are ideal for imported loose fruit that needs to be packed into punnets for retail and wholesale clients. This pack line is also very handy to sort and re-pack any fruit or round vegetables that arrive with quality issues at Cape Town Harbour.
- Production Capacity per Hour – 2 000 kg (Imported Stone Fruit, Apples, Pears, Citrus and fresh round Vegetables)
Lane Imports Punnet Pack Line – Fruit must be on one size, wet & dry tipping into in-feed, ideal for imported loose fruit that needs to be packed into punnets for retail and wholesale clients.
November – April (Stone Fruit Packing and Export).
May – October (Cold Storage and Repacking of fresh Imported Stone Fruit, Plums, Nectarines, Peaches and Grapes). We are very flexible and can handle almost all fruit and vegetables during these months).
We can assist with the resorting and repacking of imported fresh fruits and vegetables that arrives with Quality issues in Cape Town Harbour from May to October.
We welcome trade enquiries, comments and suggestions.
Brandt Street, Kylemore
P.O. Box 261
7599 South Africa
Phone: +27 21 885 2635