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You either love durian, or you hate it. But many people can agree, it smells bad… really bad. Some hotels and transportation services even ban the pungent fruit. Thailand researchers have now developed a special odour-proof boxes to be used to deliver durian.

The box is important when selling the Thai fruit because just the smell of it can drive customers away, according to the governor of the Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research, or TISTR. He says it’s also important that the packaging is strong enough to withstand the rigours of delivery and needs to keep the fruit fresh, making sure Thailand’s signature fruit is in top shape when it reaches the buyer.

“With this new innovation, e-commerce operators and fruit growers will be able to send durians via couriers without worrying that the latter would reject delivering high perishable and smelly fruits.”

Thailand was also the largest durian exporter in 2019, according to the Department of Trade Negotiations, bringing in billions of baht. TISTR governor says they want to make sure Thai durians remain at the top.

SOURCE: Xinhua

 

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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