Packaging & Cold Storage

Karsten Fruit Packers specialises in fruit packing and cold storage and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Karsten Group. It is located at Gouda in the Western Cape and ideally positioned to serve fruit growers across the Cape region.

The modern packing and cold storage facility maintains the highest standards in fruit packing and cooling, and has acquired BRC and HACCP certification. It handles around 35 000 bulk bins of fruit every year.

Approximately 60% of the fruit handled by Karsten Fruit Packers originates from farms owned or managed by The Karsten Group. This includes two of the best known fruit producers in the Western Cape, namely Hoogland at Ceres and Lourensford near Somerset West. Karsten Fruit Packers also facilitates contract packing for independent producers throughout the Western Cape.

Karsten Fruit Packers is also an important fruit cooling facility for growers in the Western Cape. There are 14 CA stores with a total capacity of 11 000 bulk bins, as well as 8 RA rooms with capacity for 5000 bins or 2000 pallets. The cold rooms are equipped to do forced air cooling.

Karsten Fruit Packers starts packing plums in December and continues until March. Pears are packed mainly from January till June, and apples from February till September. This allows the company to maximise its packing capacity and offer job opportunities to the local community for an extended period of the year.

The company is led by an experienced team with many years of experience in fruit production, fruit packing and cold storage. Product ranges from apples, pears, plums and citrus fruit.

Karsten Fruit Packers prides itself on delivering quality services at market related prices.

Staff in the receiving areas, cold rooms and the pack house is dedicated to maintaining fruit quality and delivering only the best products in the carton. Once packed, palletised and cooled, the fruit is loaded into the container loading bays before being dispatched to the port.

Karsten Fruit Packers offers customers a comprehensive service with key staff being located on the premises at all times to ensure that cooling regimes are maintained at all times.

The Karsten Group is well-known for its dedication to its staff. Training and development is a key aspect of the Karsten Fruit Packers philosophy and staff members are given every chance to advance their skills and their position in the company.