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

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Premium High Color Rainier Cherries

Premium High Color Rainier Cherries

Premium High Color Rainier Cherries

Inspecting Rainier Cherries for Size

Inspecting Rainier Cherries in the Orchard for Size

Fresh Packed Rainier Cherries destined for China

Bagged Rainier Cherries for the Canadian Market

Fresh Picked Rainier Cherries in Oliver, Canada

Giant Rainier Cherries being packed in Chile for China

Low Color, Wind Scuffed Rainier Cherries for Local Sales

Grades: No.1|No.2|Domestic|Orchard Run
Sizes: 8|8.5|9|9.5|10|10.5|11|11.5|12
Cartons: 2kg/4.4#|5kg/11#|6.82kg/15#|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: Rainier cherries are incredibly sweet and delicious; a small rainier display should always complement a red cherry display.

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 displayed single layer only, widen out displays 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 Number, Grower Number and Packing Date on the boxes. Look for green stems (attached), firmness and a nice red blush. Dry, brown or loose stems are signs of old or mature fruit. Condensation means the fruit is not fresh or been sitting out. Do not store cherries in front of walk-in cooler fans or they will become chilled and soft. Reject fruit in general with an accumulation of more than 10% defects.


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