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Assessment and characterizing mechanical damage in packaged bananas in the post-harvest supply chain


Fernando, I and Fei, J and Stanley, R and Enshaei, H, Assessment and characterizing mechanical damage in packaged bananas in the post-harvest supply chain, MATEC Web of Conferences, 21-23 August 2019, Paris, France, pp. 1-10. ISSN 2261-236X (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1051/matecconf/201929602004


Quality deterioration in packaged bananas caused by mechanical damage along the post-harvest supply chains (SC) remains obscure until the packages are unpacked for sale at the retail stores and therefore, the mechanism of damage occurrence remains unclear. This study assessed the mechanical damage levels of bananas in 300 cartons from pack houses to retail stores in Australia. The damage across the SC were shown to be progressive across the SC. Bruising and neck damage levels in bananas increased from the distribution centre (DC) to the retail stores. Mechanical damage in unripe bananas was influenced by the package location in the stacked-pallet, and the transport and handling of packages within the last-mile of the SC (DC to retail) further exacerbated the damage. This study further characterized the damage development by subjecting packaged bananas to simulated vibration, top-load compression and drop impact. It was revealed that the exposure to vibration resulted in rubbing; top-load package compression contributed to bruising and, the drop impact caused severe neck injuries in bananas. The knowledge of the damage incidences across the SC and causes of damage may contribute to the development of interventions targeted at improving the quality of bananas in the post-harvest SC in Australia.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:fruit, bananas, transport, damage assessment, vibration, mechanical damage, food supply chain
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Logistics
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Ground transport
Objective Field:Road freight
UTAS Author:Fernando, I (Mr Indika Fernando)
UTAS Author:Fei, J (Associate Professor Jiangang Fei)
UTAS Author:Stanley, R (Professor Roger Stanley)
UTAS Author:Enshaei, H (Dr Hossein Enshaei)
ID Code:135749
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2019-11-12
Last Modified:2019-12-10
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