Intelligent Packaging for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Packaging or Export Packaging for fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the more important steps in the long and complicated journey from grower to consumer. Fresh fruits and vegetables have very high moisture content, ranging from 75-95%. Their equilibrium relative humidities are as high as 98%. Under any normal atmospheric condition, they will dry rapidly.

For the most part, packaging cannot delay or prevent fresh fruits and vegetables from spoilage. Incorrect packaging can accelerate spoilage. However, packaging can serve to protect against contamination, damage and, most importantly, against excess moisture loss.

Packaging Points

Recyclability / Biodegradability :

A growing number of export markets have waste disposal restrictions for packaging materials. In the near future, all produce packaging will be recyclable or biodegradable, or both.

Variety :

The trend is toward greater use of bulk packages for processors and wholesale buyers and small packages for consumers. There are now more than 1500 different sizes and styles of produce packages.

Sales Appeal :

High quality graphics are increasingly being used to boost sales appeal. Also, multi-colour printing, distinctive lettering, and logos are now common.

Shelf Life :

Modern produce packaging can be custom engineered for each commodity to extend shelf life and reduce waste.

Packaging For Fruit And Vegetables

Export packaging can be classified in a number of ways. The most important one is by stages of distribution system for which it is primarily intended.

  • Consumer or Unit Packaging
  • Transport Packaging
  • Unit Load Packaging

Bags :

Bags are the most common and favoured retail packs because of their low material and packaging cost. Net bags are used to provide desired ventilation and allow free air movement for the produce such as citrus fruits, onions, potatoes, etc. The bags can be made of paper, perforated polyethylene or polypropylene film, plastic or cotton nets.

Tray :

Intelligent Packaging for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Packs made of foamed polystyrene or PVC or PP are over wrapped with heat shrinkable or stretch films. A tight wrap immobilises the fruits and keeps them apart. Trays of moulded pulp, card board, thermoformed plastic or expanded polystyrene are also used.

Sleeve Packs :

Intelligent Packaging for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
Sleeve Pack Packaging – Mesh Bag

These combine the low cost of bags and protective qualities and sales appeal of tray packs. Wraps of plastic film such as polyethylene or PVC, in the form of shrink- wrap, stretch film or cling film and regular net stocking or expanded plastic netting can also be used. The main advantage in sleeve packs is that they immobilise the produce at a fraction of cost of tray packs and the produce can be seen from all sides without damage to the fruit.

Corrugated Fibreboard Boxes :

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Corrugated Box Packaging

CFB (Corrugated fibreboard) boxes are the most commonly used shipping containers where cartons, glass, cans and pouches are the unit containers.

Plastic Corrugated Boxes :

The most commonly used material for plastic corrugated box is polypropylene and HDPE. Its advantage over CFB is low weight to strength ratio and its reusability. CFB box has an edge over plastic fibreboard boxes when cushioning properties are taken into consideration.

Plastic Crates :

Plastic crates, usually made up of HDPE or polypropylene by injection moulding have been replacing wooden and wire crates. These crates must have good resistant properties to ultraviolet degradation and shock damages.

Wooden Boxes :

Intelligent Packaging for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
Wooden Box

Includes natural wood and industrially manufactured wood-based sheet materials. Manufactured wood based sheet materials include ply wood, hard board and particle board. Plywood is usually made from birch. t is rigid and strong, though perhaps somewhat less resistant to splintering than poplar, but is smoother and flatter to be suitable for direct printing.

Sacks :

Intelligent Packaging for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
Sack Packaging – Jute Bag

These are flexible shipping containers which are generally used in food industries to transport raw materials viz. fruits and vegetables from the field. The commonly used materials for sacks are cotton, jute, flan, woven plastics (HDPE, Polypropylene). These sacks are advantageous to use as they cost less, have high strength, reusable and require little space for the empties.

Pallets :

Intelligent Packaging for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Pallets have been standardised keeping in view of the standard package sizes and sea containers. The sizes of the pallets are of strategic importance since they correspond directly to the sizes of various types of containers, ship cargo compartments, trucks, fork trucks, etc. Most commonly used pallet sizes are 120×80 cm (Euro pallet) and 120×100 cm (Sea pallet). Sea pallets are most commonly used outside Europe.

Active Packaging :

Intelligent Packaging for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
Box Storage Packaging

Several new technologies offer the packer opportunities to modify the atmosphere inside the shipping package during distribution even though such control traditionally finishes with the sealing of the package. Packaging is termed as “active” when it performs some desired role other than to provide an inert barrier to the external environment. The goal of developing such packaging is the achievement of a more ideal match of the properties of the package to the requirements of the food. Hence, it addresses one or more specific needs of the food without necessarily having any impact on other food properties.

Ethylene Scavengers :

Ethylene (C2H4) acts as a plant hormone that has different physiological effects on fresh fruit and vegetables. It accelerates respiration, leading to maturity and senescence, and also softening and ripening of many kinds of fruits.

CO2 Scavengers :

CO2 is formed in some foods due to deterioration and respiration reactions. The CO2 produced has to be removed from the package to avoid food deterioration and/or package destruction. CO2 absorbers might therefore be useful.

Oxygen Scavenging :

Oxygen is such a broadly effective agent of deterioration in foods that a substantial industry has been established to provide a wide range of alternative means of oxygen removal from package headspace to reduce chemical deterioration.

Humidity Regulators :

This approach allows the food packer to reduce the surface concentration of water in a food by reducing the in-pack relative humidity. This can be done by placing one or more humectants between two layers of a plastic film which is highly permeable to water vapour. A different approach to humidity buffering is being developed for use in the distribution of horticultural produce which is normally distributed in fibreboard cartons, usually with a polyethylene liner or made from very expensive waxed fibreboard without a liner. A recent development has been the water-barrier coating of the inside of fibreboard cartons to allow moist produce to be placed directly into the carton.

Antimicrobial Packaging :

Substantial recent research has been directed at determining how the surfaces of plastics can be made not only sterile but also capable of having an antimicrobial effect on the packaged food or beverage. This type of effect has already been achieved in outer layers of laminates by use of modified printing presses. To control undesirable microorganisms on foods, antimicrobial substances can be incorporated in or coated onto food packaging materials. The principle action of antimicrobial films is based on the release of antimicrobial entities, some of which could pose a safety risk to consumers if the release is not tightly controlled by some mechanisms within the packaging material.

Intelligent Packaging for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
Canned Packaging


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In recent days, entrepreneurs in India are showing greater interest in internal marketing as well as export of fresh produce. The trade is attractive but is not an easy enterprise; a high degree of organisation and professionalism is necessary to export fresh produce successfully, especially to the sophisticated markets of Europe. It can make good use of indigenous horticultural skills. The combined requirements of fresh produce and of its transport environment often impose unusually severe conditions on the packaging employed. As a result, higher package quantity is usually needed for fresh fruits and vegetables when compared to manufactured goods of the same weight.

Tandle Imports and Exports is one of the India’s leading Agro Trading Company. Our extensive experience and attention to detail, we have won the trust and satisfaction of our customers in the worldwide market. For best quality export packaging contact us anytime.


Grape Export | Types And Availability

Each year, 72 million tons of grape is grown and export worldwide, mostly to produce wine. Every year, 7.2 trillion gallons of wine are produced.  It is also a popular finger food.

Grape cultivation is one of the most profitable farming enterprises in India. Also the country is one of the top grape exporter in the World. The fruit is grown under different type of soil and climatic conditions.

There are three climatic zones namely –

  • Sub-tropical
  • Hot tropical 
  • Mild tropical climatic regions

Nashik District is the major producer, exporter and accounting for 70% of the area under grapes.

Varieties Of Grapes

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Black Grapes
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White Grapes
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Red Grape

The grape are harvested and exported almost all the year around. If not all the varieties, one or more varieties are always available at any given time of the year. The varieties of grapes in India is as follows –

  • Anab-e-Shahi (White, seeded)
  • Bangalore Blue Syn. Isabella (Black, seeded)
  • Bhokri (White, seeded)
  • Flame (Red, seedless)
  • Gulabi Syn Muscat Hamburg (Purple, seeded)
  • Perlette (White, seedless)
  • Sharad – A mutant of Kishmish Chomi (Black, seedless)
  • Thomson and its mutants (White, seedless)

Grape Export Availability

Grape is cultivated over an area of 34,000 hectares with an annual production of 1,000,000 tonnes.

Here’s the video of a consignment. It’s a Thomson grapes exported to Dubai in December 2018.

Packaging for Exporting

Packaging is normally done in Corrugated or Solid Fibre board cartons. A layer of double pad or protective liner is placed at the bottom of the carton to protect the grapes from bruising and a polyethylene lining is placed over it.

Specification details for Corrugated Fibre Board (CFB) Boxes for packing (5 Kg Box ) (Dimension: 480X300X100 mm)

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Source – APEDA

Storage Requirement

Facts About Grapes

  • Grapes contain the powerful antioxidants. The nutrients in the fruits may help protect against cancer, eye problems, as well as cardiovascular diseases and other health conditions.
  • The American Diabetes Association encourages people to consume grapes as long as the carbohydrate amount is counted as part of their meal plan.
  • The fruit is also a good source of fibre, potassium, and a range of vitamins and other minerals.
  • Grapes have Resveratrol that may help with Alzheimer’s disease, blood glucose control, osteoarthritis. It also boost the immune system.

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Pomegranate Export, Availability And How to Choose

Your hunt for Pomegranate exporter is finished here – The fruit have round shape with a hard, shiny skin outside. From inside, jewel like seeds, Rudy coloured sacs and sweet-juicy flesh.

Pomegranate Export and Availability

We are exporting this superfood all year around.

Originated in India, now mainly grown in India, Middle East, Spain and America.

Pomegranate is a superfood packed with high antioxidant and vitamins. It always has been highly prized because of its flavour. Pomegranate juice is high in three different types of polyphenols I.e. tennis, anthocyanin and ellagic acid.

How to buy juicy Pomegranate?

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Want to buy the fruit? Don’t worry we have just the trick – Look for pomegranate with unblemished, shiny skins. Those that feel heavy for their size are the juiciest. Avoid any with soft.


All you need to do is contact our team. We are leading fruit exporter from India

Did you know ?

In ancient culture, the pomegranate blossom was crushed to make a red dye and the peel was used to dyeing leather.

How eating this superfood help me?

  • This superfood is loaded with important nutrients.
  • The fruit is contains punicalagins and punicic acid that are responsible for most of their health benefits.
  • It has impressive anti-inflammatory effects.
  • The fruit also help fight prostate cancer.
  • Eating this superfood may useful against breast cancer.
  • The fruit may lower blood pressure.
  • It may help fight arthritis and joint pain.
  • Pomegranate juice may lower your risk of heart disease.
  • It also help in treating erectile dysfunction.
  • It may help improve memory.
  • Also it may improve exercise performance.

Import Pomegranate Today!! 

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Ready with Soybean Exports

‘Golden Bean’ is the another name of soybean or soy. This legume crop is native to East Asia and Tandle Imports and Exports is ready with Soybean exports. It has become one of the most widely consumed foods in the world.

Fat-free (defatted) soybean meal is a significant and cheap source of protein for animal feeds and many packaged meals. Soybean products are rich source of protein, dietary minerals as well as vitamin B. Also, soybean oil is popular edible oil we use in the kitchen.

Do you know Soybean is the widely cultivated legume?

They contain more protein per acre of the land than any other crop. That’s the one of the many reasons that soybeans are widely cultivated.

10 most popular types of Soybean :

  1. Aoyu soybean
  2. Bei 77-6177 soybean
  3. Belakaya soybean
  4. Besarabka soybean
  5. Black Jet soybean
  6. Brun Matif Rouest soybean
  7. Butterbean soybean
  8. Dieckman black soybean
  9. Envy soybean
  10. Flambeau soybean

Having soybean in daily meals resulting to get healthy lifestyle. Let’s discuss what are those!!

Health Benefits of Soybean :

Improve metabolic activity – Soybeans are rich source of protein. Hence they are an excellent replacement for red meat, chicken, eggs and fish. These protein ensure re-growth of the body cells.

Weight Gain – Soybean provides decent amount of fibre and protein which help in weight gain. Therefore it is useful for those who want to lose weight as well as ones who want to gain.

Prevent Cancer – The presence of antioxidants are high in soybeans. These antioxidants neutralise free radicals, which are byproducts of cellular metabolism.

Boost Heart Health – Soybeans are source of unsaturated fat, which helps you lower cholesterol. 

Boost Digestion – Fibre is an essential part of healthy digestive system. As mentioned above soybean contains high amount of fibres. Hence, eating soybean can boost digestion.

Bone Health – High level of minerals ensure new bones to grow and also speeds up the healing process.

Harvesting :

Depending on varieties used in cultivation, the maturity ranges from 50 to 150 days. Harvesting should be done by breaking the stalks on the ground level. Then threshing with the help of Soybean Mechanical Thresher. Now we are ready with soybean exports!!

Soybean Products :

There is a long list of uses of soybean. However, we are going to list some of very important ones. And they are..

  • Meat substitutes – Meat alternatives made from soy protein.
  • Miso – A rich salty condiment combined with an East Asian culture and aged for a year.
  • Cheese – Soy cheese is the substitute for dairy cheese.
  • Mayonnaise – Nowadays, there are so many brands of soy mayonnaise are available.
  • Milk – Made from soaked, ground and strained soybeans.
  • Sauce – A popular dark brown sauce we use in the kitchen especially in Asian cuisine.
  • Yogurt – Made from soy milk.
  • Textured soy protein or vegetable protein – Chunk made from textured soy flour.
  • Tofu – A tofu is like cottage cheese (Paneer) made from soy milk.
  • Soybean oil – Everyone knows about soybean oil. Our very favourite edible oil in the kitchen.
  • Soybean meal – After solvent extraction of oil from soybean flakes, the remains are toasted and ground with hammer mill. This is one of the major uses of soybeans globally. Over 97% soybean meal production is for livestocks and dogs.


For enquiry as well as more details

We are growing rapidly in soybean exports. And, always treasured our relation with buyers by providing A1 quality agricultural products.
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Import Raw Sugar Cane From The Largest Cane Producing State

Cultivation of raw sugar cane dates back to the Vedic period. Sugar cane is one of the main cash crop in India. It is widely grown across the country. Nation stands 2nd by producing 18% of the world total. Therefore it provides jobs to over million people directly or indirectly. Tandle Imports and Exports situated in the State of Maharashtra. Which is one of the largest producer of raw sugar cane. State is in a superior position in terms of recovery of sugar and duration crushing period.

It is long duration crop and takes 10 to 18 months to mature. Almost 80% of raw sugar cane is used to make sugar.

So keep reading, to learn more..

Raw Sugar cane as food :

  • The cane can be chewed to extract juice.
  • Sugar cane juice – It is extracted from cane and is nutritious. During summer, it is refreshing.
  • Syrup – Traditional sweetener in soft drinks.
  • Molasses – Cane molasses used as a sweetener and a syrup accompanying cheese or cookies.
  • Jaggery – A solid molasses. Produced by evaporating juice to make thick sludge and then cooling and moulding. Used in traditional cooking, sweets and desserts.
  • Falernum – A liquor made from sugar cane juice.
  • Rum – A popular alcoholic beverage, typically made from molasses.
  • Rock Candy – Crystallised sugar cane juice.

Sugar cane as fuel for energy production :

  • Electricity Production – 

The bagasse is usually burned to produce steam, which in turn create electricity.

  • Biogas Production – 

Using enzymes to transform bagasse into advanced biofuel and biogas.

  • Ethanol – 

One of the byproduct of sugar production. Ethanol can be a biofuel an alternative to gasoline. In coming days it can be main product of sugar cane rather than sugar.

Manufacturing Paper :

The crushed cane residue used for making paper. It is efficient way in keeping our plant green.

Health Benefits :

  • Cane juice is good source of glucose, therefore it re-hydrate the human body. So next time when you feel dehydrated in summer, drink glass of cane juice.
  • It is good of diabetic patients. Yes, event though it taste sweet and high sugar content. Because of low glycemic index which prevents rise in blood glucose levels in diabetics.
  • Cane contains Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron and Manganese. As a result it consider as alkaline forming food. Therefore studies shows that it plays effective role in fighting cancer.
  • It boosts protein levels in human body and keep kidney healthy.
  • The presence of antioxidants help to boost immunity as well as protects liver from infection.
  • Acts as a good digestive aid due to Potassium. It is also particularly useful in treating constipation.
  • Cane contains mineral which protects decaying of tooth and bad breath. 
  • Alpha hydroxy acid in sugar cane fights acne, reduce blemishes, ageing and lots of benefits. 

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