How PackSolve Drums is boosting the South African fruit juice industry

PackSolve’s galvanised drums are boosting the efficiencies and performance of the South African fruit juice industry.

South Africa is a major global fruit and fruit juice exporter. It annually ships over 132.2 million crates of oranges and soft citrus fruits abroad (Source: PPECB/Agrihub). Whole fruits represent the vast bulk of such exports, but the fruit juice industry also plays a significant role. In 2016, SA exported nearly 34 000 tonnes of orange juice (Fruit Juice Focus) – more than the next 10 continental exporters combined.

South African fruit juice industry Photo: Pixabay

South Africa is a major global fruit and fruit juice exporter. It annually ships over 132.2 million crates of oranges and soft citrus fruits abroad

Juice concentrate logistics 

Most juice is transported in large drums over 200 litres each. These drums enable the industry to move large volumes of juice safely across the world. Yet the traditional models they rely on are poorly suited for juice concentrate logistics.

‘The juice industry often uses reconditioned, second-hand painted drums,’ explains PackSolve’s value chain manager, Jonathan Luff. ‘But they are picking up so many issues, such as paint flaking and varying drum heights. Once you’ve dented the drum, you have to recondition and paint it again. Such issues escalate costs dramatically.’

PackSolve Drums offers a game-changing alternative. It supplies an average of 220 000 new drums into the market annually, manufacturing a unique packaging solution that delivers incredible new efficiencies.

No more unnecessary refurbishment

The drums from PackSolve are fit-for-purpose to transport juice concentrate. They don’t require frequent refurbishment, and they offer a five-fold saving in transport costs.

PackSolve Drums produces galvanised drums, which aren’t as susceptible to visible damage. Galvanised drums can stain, so PackSolve uses an alloy that has minimised-spangle. This avoids stains and other problems while eliminating the need to paint drums. Using this material, PackSolve manufactures drums that deliver enormous savings and conveniences to its customers. Luff explains: ‘The drums don’t need to be painted, so they can withstand more damage while remaining operational. Our estimate of seven to eight reuses is based on how much damage the drum can take before it’s no longer useful. A painted drum needs to be refurbished after its first use. Ours is more sustainable and easier to transport.’

 6x transport efficiency

When loading drums on a truck, the space capacity is typically reached long before a truck’s carrying weight. On average, only 360 drums fitted onto a truck, weighing 5.5 tonnes – well short of the truck’s 35-tonne weight capacity.  PackSolve’s solution fits more than 2 000 drums onto the same truck – that’s a five-times improvement.

PackSolve’s drum bodies are bent into kidney shapes. Batched, then grouped on pallets and placed on the truck, the drums are assembled at the customer’s premises using machinery and crews provided by PackSolve. Customers warehouse more drums into less space, and they realise most of the savings.

‘Our customers pay for the transport, which means they get the direct savings of shipping so many more drums. We don’t pocket that.’

PackSolve’s solution also reduces the pressure of meeting transport volumes. A single load of 344 drums isn’t enough for a typical customer’s daily requirements, which need at least two such daily truckloads. But PackSolve Drums’ approach reduces that to a delivery every two days.

A revolution for juice transport

The juice industry no longer has to make do with refurbished drums. It doesn’t need to rely on refurbished drums often not suited for transporting juice. PackSolve Drums has the answer.

If you’re still transporting juice using damage-prone drums that need constant babysitting and space, compare the PackSolve Drums solution and revitalise your logistics.



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