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SA's primary producers," she said.
"The retail world is changing too with
self-scanning checkouts in major
supermarkets, resulting in considerable
influence on the suppliers of horticultural
"Standard, generic box displays of fresh
produce are another development with
implications for product packing, delivery,
merchandising and branding."
Mrs Franke said there was a challenge for
the fresh produce sector to retain consumer
loyalty, especially among the young, where
there was a wide range of new health,
snack and other product alternatives.
Almost without exception, producers in
the SA horticultural supply chain had
indicated they were subser vient to the
supermarkets and had moulded their
businesses to meet their demands.
Packaging for most horticultural
products included modified atmosphere
packaging, active and intelligent packaging,
edible coatings and tamper evidence
"One antimicrobial food wrap is made
from fibre from crustacean shells and
enzymes from egg whites and is available as
thin films, sprays and dips to coat foods,"
Mrs Franke said.
"Fruit and vegetable based coatings are
also available, while films can be
enriched with vitamins and may be
"In general, the benefits of edible
coatings include optimised shelf life,
higher profit margins, product
novelty, improved convenience and
While manufactured foods had to
carry labels with comprehensive
information about the product, this
was not applied to a wide range of
fresh produce at retail outlets.
Barker Boy wraps-up clean, green product lines
WHILE growing, packing and distributing fruit and
vegetables is the basis of South Australia's
horticulture industry, a vital component is to
supply produce to the wholesale users the way
they want it and this market is dominated by
Barker Boy Food Processors.
The Mount Barker company has been wholesaling
a wide range of fresh, cut and processed fruit and
vegetables to the manufacturing and food service
industries since 1986.
The seven day a week operation supplies
whole and freshly prepared produce to bakeries,
clubs, caterers, hotels, various hospitality
industries, manufacturers and restaurants.
"We are also a preferred supplier to quality
assured organisations, which includes
government departments, national airlines and
international food franchises," Barker Boy
general manager Ken Borg said.
"Our ability to peel, cut, wash and pack large
amounts of fruits and vegetables for our
customers' busy production schedules makes us
a leader in this field."
The range of produce supplied, prepared to
order, is extensive and includes diced, peeled
and shredded fruit and vegetables.
The standard processing specifications cover an
extensive range used in food preparation food.
"As processors, we pack produce to customer
specifications in a vast array of process styles,
which reduces wastage and preparation time,
improves portion controls and cost management
and minimises risk from contamination," Mr Borg
"In a nutshell, we are a quality-assured
organisation, have a state-of-the-art food
processing plant, have a stable and highly skilled
workforce and regularly produce innovative food
products which set an industry standard."
Mr Borg said Barker Boy offered daily deliveries
of whole and freshly prepared produce and
wholesale produce to manufacturers.
Government scientists research the type of packaging needed for different fruits and vegetables.
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