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Packaging Solutions for the South African Agriculture Market

Posted 07/01/2020 by Ronald Prinsloo, Business Manager, North and Southern Africa

South Africa has a vibrant and diverse agriculture sector, offering a spectacular range of vegetation types, biodiversity, climates and soil types, which makes it an excellent source of food for that country as well as countries around the world. Getting food from farm to table without damage has never been more important. Let’s take a look at the role packaging is playing and the latest trends in the South African agriculture market. 

The South Africa agriculture sector is estimated to register a CAGR of 4.5% during the forecast period of 2020 to 2025. As a result, the agricultural packaging market in South Africa is also projected to grow. Agriculture packaging is essential to delivering the freshest, best looking products. It also can keep food from getting ruined or spoiled before reaching shoppers.

Agricultural packaging has taken on a new level of importance due to increased food waste. In South Africa, 10 million tons of food goes to waste every year, which is one-third of the 31 million tons produced annually. By reducing food loss and waste, food insecurity, which affects significant portions of the population, could be drastically improved. 
Everyone in the food industry, from farmers to retailers, rely heavily on packaging to deliver fresh products to consumers while minimizing food waste. Packaging is an important medium to conserve food quality and reduce food loss during the shipment and storage processes. Furthermore, it should be easy to handle, safe to transport, and resistant to injuries and punctures. These standards help preserve the quality and integrity of the food.

High Performance, Reliable & Innovative Solutions for Agriculture Packaging 

H.B. Fuller’s adhesives for food packaging are ideally suited to deliver reliable bond strength to a wide range of packaging materials, even in the hot and sunny South African climate. Our adhesives enable food to stay fresh longer, thereby reducing food waste.

Agricultural packaging needs to be different from traditional carton closing applications because of the higher humidity conditions, heavier package contents and coated stocks to help fight moisture. H.B. Fuller offers a variety of hot melt adhesives with excellent thermal stability for agriculture packaging. Additionally, our food safe packaging adhesives are externally approved for direct food contact. 

At H.B. Fuller, we are committed to helping farmers and manufacturers deliver fresh products in the most cost-effective way with our high-performance adhesives. Connect with us today to learn more about the wide range of solutions we offer to solve your most challenging packaging requirements.

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