Who are we?
ExperiCo is a privately owned company offering independent scientific research, technology development, advisory and commercial services to the agriculture industry and other business entities. It is ISO 9001 certified. Our highly dedicated team of professionals combine more than 300 years of experience in agriculture to satisfy the specific needs of each client. The experience of our scientists includes cultivar evaluation, research and development across a broad spectrum of fruit, vegetables and field crops and services. The business has been in operation for more than 35 years. Areas of commercial research specialisation include pre- and post-harvest technologies for quality maintenance and crop yield.
Our permanent team of 35 members includes 13 graduate scientists. ExperiCo is also lucky to have a highly skilled team of 15 technicians with vast experience in general research, field work and laboratory services. In the deciduous fruit season, approximately 15 additional staff members are appointed on a contract basis to assist with the peak work load! While a matrix system is used to maximize human resources and provide cross skills training, generally the staff focus is grouped under applied research, routine services and laboratory services. The latter is an integral in-house support function and includes management and maintenance of 7 cold rooms, as well as analytical, physiology and pathology laboratories.
Our dedicated team strive to live by our ISO 9001:2015 commitments – consistent quality, on time every time!
Our vision, logo and values
Our vision is to ensure the sustainability of ExperiCo for all stakeholders through innovative agricultural research and commercial service solutions for global clients. The primary message of our logo is to symbolize that we use our expertise to break through the rigid barriers of science with innovative, applied agricultural solutions to benefit all our stakeholders. We have built our company on the core values of integrity, commitment, innovation, service excellence and change agility.
How we unlock value for our clients?
At ExperiCo, we focus on the optimization of plant health, maintenance of product quality and storage life throughout the value chain to provide input that can deliver an optimal agricultural product for consumer acceptance. These processes often include harvesting, handling, packaging, storage and distribution related testing and development for local market and export produce. The comprehensiveness of the research conducted depends on the needs of clients and each trial is tailor made to suite client requirements. Typically, trial comprehensiveness and complexity varies from detailed scientific trials through to basic demonstration trials required to satisfy observational needs. Our laboratory provides routine analysis, fruit evaluation and data management services. Through our commercial services we ensure that the theory of research is successfully applied in practice. We have the ability to combine scientific research and development skills with the realities and complexities of commercial fruit handling as well as field crop and vegetable production.
Our satisfied clients include…
Our satisfied clients include global role players with direct and indirect interests in agriculture. Wholesale and retail chemical companies, agriculture industry bodies and forums, new variety developers, exporters, pack houses, packaging manufacturers, producer trusts, producers, supermarkets, shipping companies and universities typically unlock value for their benefit through a business relationship with ExperiCo. Do you need an expert in product evaluation and scientifically conducted trials of applied value to agriculture? Contact ExperiCo today.
Looking forward to a grape season...
Early season activity has started for table grapes in various parts of South Africa. ExperiCo kicked off with bud break trials in the lower Orange-River region of the Northern Cape. Similar trials will soon start in the Berg River Valley regions of the Western Cape, as the new season progresses. ExperiCo are excited and looking forward to having a greater presence in the Northern Province this year. Industry issues related to Fruit Fly Pests and possible tools to monitor pathogen activity early in table grape blocks are some of the studies to be conducted. Our team will soon start traveling to and around Marble Hall and Groblersdal as more table grape trials are requested. Keep an eye out for our teams in the area!
Brakes on decay...
Arrie De Kock, a stone fruit research specialist, gave a presentation on decay control for stone fruit at the recently held Hortgro Symposium. A synopsis is provided in the “Fresh Quarterly Issue 5” published by Hortgro Science.
Taste test training...
Some of our researchers are currently being trained to be part of a Granny Smith taste panel. This is preparation to assist in a big trial on superficial scald on Granny Smith. Superficial scald is a disorder that can cause large financial losses from time to time.
Continued effort to control lenticel damage on apples...
A re-cooling trial on apples will start soon. This will focus on the effect of bag perforations on possible development of lenticel damage. Post storage CA apples will be subjected to a simulated packing and shipping scenario’s and be force-air cooled in different bag types. The fruit will be evaluated after a simulated shipping period to establish treatment effects!
Braeburn quality management...
Post storage evaluations on Braeburn apples used in a trial on lenticel disorders is currently in progress. This trial in conjunction with Stellenbosch University and will hopefully shed some light on post-harvest vapour pressure deficit effects on lenticel damage of this cultivar.
Even more power to ExperiCo...
To further supplement existing electricity back-up systems that are already in place, ExperiCo has just purchased a high capacity generator. This will guarantee smooth operations of cold rooms, laboratories and all office operations, to risk manage possible power outages in the future.
This year, ExperiCo is conducting in excess of 150 research trials on behalf of multiple local and overseas clients. Some key words to describe the work involved are: chemical alternatives, sanitizers, fungicides, insecticides, bud break, dormancy, decay control, fruit coatings, harvest management, ripening manipulation, packaging, cooling, forced-air cooling, external disorders, internal disorders, fertilizers, stimulants, mites, boll worm, fruit fly, false codling moth, irradiation, storage protocols, CA storage, RA storage, physiological profiling. This research is conducted over a wide range of fruit and field crops. In addition to research, a number of product validation trials are being conducted to test efficacy for purposes of registration compliance.
Fruit pathology is a key focus!