Delegates arrive at BNFW.
"Handle fruit properly, its quality lies in your hands"
Random quality checks are done on the pallets.
There is a very quick turn around on these, as soon as they have been checked they are removed and replaced by a new pallet.
Each pallet has a barcode sticker which can be traced back to the packhouse and grower in New Zealand.
The girls here check for the firmness of the fruit.
Christophe Monos, Terminal Manager at BNFW, tells delegates about the quality control proceedures.
This is the cold storage area where 1800 pallets can be stored.
The kiwis are stored at -0.5C.
Delegates walk round see what is happening in the packhouse.
There are various packlines.
The different lines run at different speeds, according to the specifications of the customer.
Here the kiwis are packed into trays.
It is a very busy place with finished pallets being removed and new ones brought in to be repacked.
Here the ladies make sure that every kiwi is in its place on the tray.
Six packing lines just for the trays.
There are also people to put the trays into the boxes.
This man was working very fast!
Delegate watch the packing process.
The trays are put in the boxes and then fed down a chute, to be filled.
The quality checks continue all along the packing process.
Some boxes for the organic green kiwis.
here the kiwis are packed into trays of six, this lady ensures that they positioned neatly in the trays.
Packing machines provided by Sorma and Freshpack.
The firmness of the kiwis is tested.
The kiwis are packed into bigger punnets.
Then they are sealed...
... and packed into boxes ready for the shops.
After the tour of the packhouse delegates were taken to the breakwater in the Port of Zeebrugge.