Australian Garlic gets a helping hand from Chep

AUSTRALIAN Garlic has seen its harvest increase several-fold over the past three years.

AUSTRALIAN Garlic has seen its harvest increase several-fold over the past three years.

After acquiring the Australian rights to a unique strain of virus free garlic in 1997, Australian Garlic Producers (AGP) was going places and needed a packaging and logistics partner to help them get there.

Taking a ground-breaking step away from traditional wooden packaging, AGP chose Chep’s reusable plastic bins (PB7s) to transport and store its fresh and cured garlic.

A decade on, the partnership is stronger than ever, with the returnable, reusable plastic bins supporting AGP through its increase in business in recent years.

AGP’s National Operations Manager — Peter Hahn said the decision to go with Chep’s plastic bin had proven itself to be reliable time and time again as the packaging and logisitcs continued to add value to the organisation’s freight and storage operations.

“Our supply chain has an extremely large freight component and Chep’s plastic bins withstand the rigors of the long trip exceedingly well.

“The bins are used to help keep the garlic fresh and ventilated during curing which is typically stored for 30-40 days during the curring process.

“The bins are well ventilated so the garlic doesn’t spoil with mould.” Hahn said the flexibility of CHEP’s managed, returnable, reusable packaging solution was perfectly suited to AGP’s crop cycles and distribution needs.

“Because garlic is grown underground, we can only make predictions about the size of a harvest — we don’t know for sure how much we have until we get it above ground,” he said.

“Chep has the capacity to supply additional bins on demand. If we need more, we get more, if we have too many, we send some back. While we can make some assumptions about crop volumes, it’s good to know we’ve got that flexibility.”

Additionally, Chep helped Australian Garlic establish a mini service centre on the factory site at Mildura to facilitate 24 hour operations. C Product Specialist, Adrian Walsh has been involved with the account since day one.

“We had this fantastic bin — returnable, reusable, recyclable plastic packaging — AGP took what was a ground-breaking step to use the plastic bins rather than the wooden bins normally used at the time,” Walsh said.

“Garlic produced in Australia is considered amongst the safest in the world due to the strict food safety conditions under which it is produced. CHEP is proud to have played a role in supporting the growth of quality Australian garlic.”

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