Cool video, showing what is involved in getting produce from Field to Supermarket. As a cherry grower and packer, I face similar challenges with the majority of our cherries being picked, packed, shipped and received overseas within 48 hours. This is not an endorsement of Zon Fruit & Vegetables

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Inspecting Fresh Cherries in Summerland, B.C. Canada

Inspecting Fresh Cherries in Summerland, B.C. Canada

Fresh Picked Cherries in Osoyoos, B.C. Canada

Fresh Packed Cherries destined for Hong Kong

Fresh Packed Bagged Cherries

Inspecting Fresh Packed Bagged Cherries

Checking Size on Fresh Packed Bagged Cherries

Inspecting Fresh Packed Cherries for Sizing

Culled Cherries during Packing, Stem-Bowl Splits, Brown Rot, Cracks

Culled Skeena Cherries during Packing, Nose Splits caused by Rain

Culled Staccato Cherry during Packing, Slip-Skin prevalent to this variety

Packing Cherries in Kelowna

Packing Cherries in Wenatchee

Grades: No.1|No.2|Domestic|Orchard Run
Sizes: 8|8.5|9|9.5|10|10.5|11|11.5|12
Cartons: 2.5kg/5.5#|5kg/11#|9kg/20#
Bags: Random Weight|1#|1.5#|2#|1kg/2.2#
Clamshells: 1#|2#|1.82kg/4#
Store: Refrigerated|Optimum Temperature +1C/33F

Remarks: During summer months cherries are a big part of your sales. Highly perishable, it is important that proper rotation is always followed.

Displaying: Retailing clamshells minimizes shrink, they can be stacked several layers high without impact (dummy displays during slow times). Displaying fruit in refrigerated counters helps too, although condensation can build up inside the container and slow sales. Bagged fruit should be stacked no more than two layers high, widen out displays instead during peak hours to maximize sales. Offering samples is expensive. Beat up, poor looking fruit should be discounted and sold quickly. Cull bad cherries from bags and clamshells and throw them out.

Receiving: If available, check the Lot and Grower Number and Packing Date on the boxes. Fruit should be firm, have green stems (dry, brown or loose stems are signs of age) and a nice sheen. Inspect for splits, cracks, mold and brown rot. Condensation means the fruit is not fresh or been sitting out. Cherries stored in front of walk-in cooler fans can become chilled and soft. Reject cherries with an accumulation of more than 10% defects.


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