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



Saturday, April 27, 2013

Canary Melons


Crenshaw Melons


Galia Melons


Musk Melons


Persian Melons


Santa Claus Melons


Grades: Fancy|No.1|No.2|Orchard Run
Packs: 4|5|6|7|8|9|10
Cases: 13.64kg/30# Bins: 400#|800#
Varieties: Crenshaw|Santa Claus|Canary|Persian|Galia
Store: Refrigerated|Optimum Temperature +1C/33F


Remarks: Specialty melons are a high shrink category, expensive and often more trouble than they are worth. Many new varieties have been introduced in the last few years as global markets open up. The problem with relatively unknown new varieties is, they are usually more expensive, sit around and eventually get thrown out. Due to their size, expensive to sample too.

Displaying: Specialty melons are normally shipped very firm and often they soften and rot in their centers before they ripen (Galia especially). If possible, pull down displays at close (ripe fruit should be pulled down at night and put back in the cooler). Dummy displays to minimize losses. Retailing beside cantaloupe and honeydew is always a good idea. Overripe fruit can be sold as ½’s, used for fruit salad and samples; throw out as a last resort.


DUMMIED TABLE DISPLAY


DUMMIED BIN DISPLAY


Receiving: Weigh boxes, report grossly underweight labels to the Purchaser. Open boxes and inspect for overripe, soft, mold and wet black belly buttons. Sample if unsure. Melons should be firm, clean and look healthy. If the fruit is ripe (Diagram 6B), remove plastic pallet wrap to slow ripening. Reject shipments in general with an accumulation of more than 10% defects.


ETHYLENE GAS IS A RIPENING AGENT



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