A fire, raging in an Auckland warehouse, destroyed 35,000 cartons of bananas. The blaze broke out in fruit marketing and distribution company, MG Marketing facility’s banana rooms last Monday before 9am.
Chief executive Peter Hendry said at the time that the fire was isolated in that part of the warehouse, which was separated by a fire wall. This meant that it did not impact the market floor.
Spokesman Ellery Tappin said there would be no noticeable impact for consumers, because there was stock on hand throughout its branch network and the company was able to manage the ripening process to cater for immediate supply in the upper North Island.
“We also had a ship; arrive last Friday and we’ve increased our orders for the following shipments which arrive weekly,” Tappin said. Arrangements were quickly put in place to call on the additional capacity within MG Marketing’s branch network. Steps were also taken to work with other ripening facilities to supplement the lost capacity, he said.