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According to Dodd et al. (2010) plum volumes increased from 1.05 m cartons in 1983, to 8.9 m cartons in 2007. With the ever-increasing volumes, the challenge has been to store plums for longer periods, while still achieving optimum quality fruit. Research on plums in South Africa therefore focused on quality maintenance and extension of cold storage and is the basis of the current handling and cold storage protocols.