Maersk Container Industry AS is helping Ivory Coast mango growers export higher-quality fruit.
The Denmark-based Maersk is working with logistics and shipping companies to extend the quality of fruit growers produce during the four to six week April and May shipping season that abruptly ends after the rainy season starts, according to a news release.
The companies wanted to develop a system that would improve fruit quality and marketability, according to the release.
Star Cool refrigerated containers upgraded to work with controlled atmosphere were sent to the west African country.
The containers adjust oxygen and carbon dioxide gas levels, helping control fruit respiration and ripening during shipment, according to the release.
In the tests, Five Star Cool CA containers were loaded in May and opened during a four- to nine- week period.
Each time, the fruit generally turned out to be in the same condition as when it was loaded, according to the release.
“Combined competencies along the logistics chain can save food and open up business,” Anders Holm, a Maersk spokesman, said in the release. “I’ll even go so far as to say this could become a mango revolution.”
As Star Cool containers extend storage life of bananas and avocados, mangoes possess similar respiration rates so the success of the mango test wasn’t a big surprise, Mathew Shed, Africa Express Line container manager, said in the release.
The shipping improvements should help provide Ivory Coast mango growers new export opportunities for fruit that never makes it to the market on time, Shed said in the release.