In 1977 Fruitpackers (FRUPAK) established a factory to process the apples that were considered to be “second grade” to enable them to maximise the value for this product stream. Utilising this raw material in combination with some scientific research completed by what was then called the DSIR (Department for Scientific & Industrial Research), FRUPAK developed an apple pie mix specifically for the bakery trade. In 1981 the factory was expanded and started production of FRUPAK’s trademark product, FRUPAK Apple Pie Mix. Due to ongoing demand this product has remained basically the same for 30 years and is made exclusively from Granny Smith apples grown specifically by the FRUPAK co-operative members. The apples do not go through the pack house first but come direct to the factory for storage and processing. This means a superior quality apple is used for this product.
The process factory has also developed expertise to contract process other fruits on behalf of its customers for a variety of end users. These products include many cooked (apricots, peaches, plums & nectarines) & uncooked fruit purees, as well as the ability to deseed fruits (kiwifruit & berry fruit). Processing of organic apples and pears is now also a routine product, with the resulting purees for use in baby food products. In 2010 FRUPAK invested in a new hot filling line to enable the processing of hot filled fruit purees into a 20kg bag in box. This investment now means that FRUPAK can provide fruit ingredients both with and without the use of preservative.