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The cold storage space available at Lenswood is equivalent to what would be needed for
16,000 apple bins and is provided in 24 refrigerated rooms of varying sizes with additional
controlled atmosphere storage and temperature-controlled rooms for other products.
Lenswood makes cold
DURING the past 75 years, co-
operatives formed to help primary
producers have come and gone but
the Lenswood Cold Stores Co-operative
Society is not only expanding its operations,
convinced it has a strong future.
It stores, packs and markets apples, pears,
cherries and plums on behalf of its 58
individual shareholders, representing 28
companies, and runs two retail outlets:
Lenswood Rural and Langseeds Rural, on the
outskirts of Woodside, to supply a variety of
merchandise to growers.
The cold storage space available is
equivalent to what would be needed for
16,000 apple bins and is provided in 24
refrigerated rooms of varying sizes with
additional controlled atmosphere storage and
temperature-controlled rooms for other
LCS general manager Michael Cox said all
rooms were monitored 24 hours a day, seven
days a week, with each room's atmosphere
and temperature recorded constantly to
ensure that all products were stored correctly.
"During a hectic 2010 ,we installed a pre-
sizer and new packing lines, which are the
most up-to-date technology in efficient, clean
and hygienic facilities for our operations.
"The purchase and installation of this
technologically advanced fruit packing
equipment has created efficiencies and
boosted productivity, reduced packing costs,
improved fruit marketing and export
processes and opportunities.
Our aim is to improve returns to apple
growers and gain additional economies-of-
scale by consolidating regional apple packing
operations," Mr Cox said.
Cherry and plum packing was performed in
a segregated insulated facility, installed in
2000, where the temperature could be
controlled and maintained throughout the
processing and where high quarantine
standards could be applied when required.
LCS also offered marketing ser vices, selling
fruit on behalf of its growers as a wholesale
"We have an extensive customer base,
including the major supermarket retailers in
Australia, and supply produce into all states
and territories as well as r unning a significant
export program of pink lady apples to the
United Kingdom and Europe and cherries to
South East Asia," Mr Cox said.
"The Lenswood Co-op is now responsible
for packing and selling approximately 65 per
cent to 70pc of the apples produced in SA.
"While many co-operative societies have
ceased to exist in recent times, Lenswood Co-
op believes it has a strong future.
"While never forgetting our obligations to
the growers who own the business, the
company is run as a business."
New packing technology installed
Productivity up, costs down
Aim to improve returns
AT A GLANCE
New look for premium Zerella Fresh
ZERELLA Fresh, established in 1936, and Parilla
Premium Potatoes, established in 1990, are
partners in an enterprise handling 100,000
tonnes of potatoes, 40,000t of onions and
30,000t of carrots annually.
Under the overall name of the Pye Group, the
enterprise grows its crops in several districts
of South Australia, provides accommodation
for many of its 300 employees, sponsors
families from overseas, supports a variety of
community activities and assists in further
education and training of its workers.
In 2009, Zerella Holdings rebranded itself as
Zerella Fresh and new artwork was designed
for the packaging of the company's produce.
"We also worked with local packaging
suppliers to develop packaging that best
presented the product, was suitable for
transport and was environmentally
responsible," principal Mark Pye said.
"The resultant carton line uses Amcor's new
Surefresh technology, which has the structural
strength of waxed cartons but, unlike waxed
cartons, is fully recyclable.
"This range of Zerella Fresh cartons is
entered in a packaging competition being
judged in the United States."
SAC Packaging and Design now offer a targeted range of cardboard and pulped paper
packaging for the wine industry. The range includes 2, 3 and 4 way Gift Bottle Presentation
Packs ideal for point of sale displays and shelf sales within Airports, Hotels, Shows, Retail
Outlets and Cellar Door etc.
Full artwork and design services are available.
An extensive colour pallet is at your disposal.
Provides an easily recognisable Brand.
The dividers are built into the Pack allowing easy
postal or transport movement. Cardboard design
allows for strength and durability.
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