Banhoek Fruit Packers is a specialist packhouse situated on Mount Joy Farms, within the Banhoek Valley, 45 kilometres from Cape Town harbour. We utilise the latest computer technology and specialise in the packing of plums primarily for the export market. 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 mainly market our fruit under the name of Banhoek Fruit Marketing. We recognise 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 particular.
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 computerised packline, packed in cartons, labelled and palletised.
The pallets are cooled to the required temperature and are then cold stored awaiting containerisation and export. The cold chain is thus maintained. This entire process takes place according to the highest food safety standards.
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 customers and local 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 – 370 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).
4 Lane Weight Cup Sizer Pack Line – Wet & Dry tipping into pack line infeed with 16 Drops, also known as packing tables. Stonefruit capacity per day 25 tons depending on fruit size. Apples/Pears capacity 40 tons depending on fruit size.
Lane Imports Punnet Pack Line – Fruit must be on one size, wet & dry tipping into infeed, ideal for imported loose fruit that needs to be packed into punnets for retail and wholesale clients.
November – April ( Stonefruit Packing and Export).
May – October (Apples, Pears and repacking of Imported Stone fruit eg, Plums, Nectarines, Peaches and Grapes).
We can assist with the resorting and repacking of imported fruits that arrives with QC 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