Buchanan, R., Vos, R. & Trout, A., 2011, ‘Optimum maturity and cold-storage potential of the new SAPO TRUST stone fruit varieties Sweet December and Summer Jewel’, SA Fruit Journal (10)3, 42-44.
The commercialisation of new fruit varieties for the South African fruit industry is a robust and competitive business, the success of which is highly dependant on an in-depth understanding of variety performance, from the orchard to the consumer. This knowledge, acquired by way of disciplined process, is a necessity when undertaking informed variety investment and cultivar management decisions.
To enable the effective and responsible commercialisation of varieties, the SAPO Trust has appointed ExperiCo (Fruit Technology Solutions) as their ISO 9001:2008 certified service provider. In this capacity ExperiCo conducts storage trials across the SAPO Trust variety range, with the aim of providing comprehensive commercial harvesting, packaging and storage protocols for successful varieties, upon their release to the South African fruit industry.