Soleil Sitrus’s packhouse (Soleil Pakkers), is the central packing facility for the Soleil Sitrus Group, where all our production units (PUC’s) pack there fruit. Soleil Pakkers is situated on the farm Grovedale, Hoedspruit. The farm operates under the name of Bergplaas, which is one of the producing farms of Soleil. The size of the packhouse is 7500 m² and is equipped to pack Mangoes during the months of November to February, as well as Citrus during the months of February to September.
The Citrus varieties include lemons, grape fruit, oranges as well as a small amount of easy peelers. The pack house uses Compac sorting equipment, which is designed to tip 30 tons per hour (+/- 250 tons per day). We aim to pack 1.2m cartons in 2020. The fruit is transported by road to Durban port, from where it is shipped to the different destinations.
Most of our fruit are exported – less than 1% is sent to the local market. Soleil mainly export to China, Korea, Japan and Europe, with an amount also going to the Middle East and Russia.
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