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Development of a packaging system for efficient handling of vulnerable cut flowers (ANTHURIUMS)

Objective

Anthurium cut flowers are very vulnerable flowers. Although, maximum care is taken during harvesting, handling and transport, the number of wasted/spent flowers is significant. There is also a very strong desire to change the way of packaging. The present labour-intensive manual packing process causes repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and is a major organisational burden for the Anthurium cut flower producers. The main research objectives are:
1) to develop an environmentally friendly packaging concept that ensure safe and efficient handling through the chain: harvesting, packaging, transportation and unpacking;
2) to develop a sorting, processing and packaging process that is able to automatically and efficiently pack the flowers in transport boxes;
3 ) to develop a new method of organising flower production, service and logistics reduce cost by 30 %;
4) o improve the image of Anthurium, cut flowers by ensuring ease of handling and 100% protection against premature deterioration .

Funding Scheme

EAW - Exploratory awards

Coordinator

ANTHURIUMKWEKERIJ C.J. VAN DER STOEP
Address
De Wateringhe 6
2661 GP Bergschenhoek
Netherlands

Participants (1)

ANTHURIUMKWEKERIJ MIDDENDORP KERREMANS
Belgium
Address
Molenweg 11
3020 Herent,winksele