ZON FRUIT & VEGETABLES


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



Sunday, February 5, 2012

NASHI APPLE PEAR - Dark Colored Variety


SHINSEIKI APPLE PEARS - Dark Colored Variety


HOSUI APPLE PEARS - Light Colored Variety


CHINESE APPLE PEARS - Light Colored Variety


CHINESE APPLE PEARS - Light Colored Variety


CHINESE YA PEARS - Light Colred Variety


Grades: No.1|Orchard Run
Packs: Single Layer|Tray Pack|Foam|Paper|Bulk
Cartons: 4kg/8.8#|8kg/17.6#|10kg/22#|18kg/40#
Bags(In Cups): 1.36kg/3#|2.27kg/5#
Bins: 182kg/400#
Store: Refrigerated|Optimum Temperature +1C/33F


Remarks: There are “light” and “dark” skinned varieties of apple pears. Light varieties have more flavor and a thinner skin; dark varieties are generally less desirable, but hold up much better on display. They break down quickly once their protective wrapping is removed; which serves the dual purpose of preventing the skins from discoloring and rubbing against each other.

Displaying: Always dummy displays, shrink will be brutal otherwise. The protective wrapping should only be removed from the top layers or displayed single layer in trays (dummied underneath). Handle gently and turn fruit sideways to prevent stem punctures. Sampling will increase sales. Cull soft, bruised fruit, bag up and sell at a discount or use for samples. Throw out decayed fruit.

Receiving: If available, check the Lot Number, Grower Number and Packing Date on the boxes. Open boxes and inspect the fruit. Stems should be green or brown, not black or shrivelled. Look for bruises, decay and mold. Firmly press your thumb against the surface for excessive softness. Reject soft fruit and shipments in general with an accumulation of more than 10% defects.

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