The new banana crates provide greater protection for the fruit, as well as making cooling and temperature management easier because of their new design, according to Fred Hepinstall, president and general manager for the RPC management services division of IFCO in Tampa, Fla.
The banana RPCs can be used by retailers in displays, saving time and reducing handling of the fruit.
The strawberry RPCs hold nine 1-pound clamshells. Like the banana crates, they facilitate cooling for added shelf life and help manage temperatures during transportation.
Stockton Group offers help fighting fungus
Representatives of the Stockton Group presented results of a fungicide study at the fourth International Banana Congress in late February that showed the company’s Timorex Gold is effective for treating stage 4 and 5 black sigatoka.
The Swiss company has U.S. offices for its Stockton Chemical Corp. division in Aventura, Fla., and worked with researchers at the University of Florida, Gainesville, to test Timorex Gold, according to a news release. The tests used infected banana leaves from an experimental station in Costa Rica.
Researchers treated the leaves weekly with 12 consecutive applications of Timorex Gold, difenoconazole, tridemorph and mineral oil. Untreated plants served as controls.
The leaves treated with the Timorex Gold showed “exceptional curative activity,” according to the release.
The Stockton Group website describes Timorex Gold as a “residue-free, bio-fungicide” that has a “zero toxic load” and is certified for conventional and organic crops, including bananas and plantains.