Chiquita, a Swiss producer and distributor of bananas, has ordered 2,500 Star Cool Integrated containers from Maersk Container Industry (MCI) to ensure its fruit retains freshness during shipping.
Of the batch, 1000 integrated containers are equipped with MCI’s Star Cool CA (Controlled Atmosphere) system, which effectively preserves the freshness of bananas during transit.
By controlling the ripening, Star Cool CA ensures an extended transportation window of up to 45 days and the arrival of the produce in perfect condition for a prolonged shelf life in the supermarkets.
Star Cool CA can transport bananas over long distances as its airtight integrated container design stops the fruit from ripening through restricting the consumption of oxygen.
Shippers can monitor the balance of the atmosphere inside the container and control the amount of carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen.
Chiquita is both a leading producer of bananas and an operator of its own substantial shipping fleet through the premier ocean carrier, Great White Fleet.
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Stefano Di Paolo, Great White Fleet’s President, said: “From shipment to shipment, each load can be carefully controlled based on the needs of the cargo.
“This is essential to deliver best quality bananas to our customers and allows for a transportation window of up to 45 days.
“The CA technology is robust, effective and easy to control based on each individual shipment.”
Søren Leth Johannsen, Chief Commercial Officer at MCI, said: “We are very proud that Chiquita has once again selected Star Cool containers to optimise its fruit logistics and help deliver high-quality bananas to the consumers.
“When you say Chiquita, you think bananas, a challenging fruit to transport over longer distances.
“Therefore, we’re very pleased that Chiquita has found first-hand that Star Cool CA is a robust and reliable solution for banana shipping.”
Di Paolo added: “Using Star Cool Integrated containers over the last two years, we are satisfied with the high-quality banana delivery.
“At the same time, we have achieved significant operational efficiencies and markedly reduced our energy consumption.
“This goes hand in hand with our commitment to sustainable shipping practices and we are now looking forward to even more power reductions adding the newest technology in this field.”