Bananas have a journey of thousands of kilometers from the plantation to the consumers. Ships from Ecuador, Costa Rica or Columbia arrive at the port of Hamburg six times a week loaded with the tropical fruit.
But they aren’t ripe and yellow yet, as we know them, but dark green. They were put in a kind of deep sleep, in order that they get through the twelve-day long journey. The colour and the taste develop in the centres, where they ripe. They have to be stacked and strapped in order to arrive there safely. That’s a challenge, as bananas are easily bruised by pressure and bumping. A fully automated type VK 10-H machine is therefore used in the port of Hamburg. It was especially designed for those high throughputs.