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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, March 6, 2014

FIELD WORKERS HARVESTING ROMAINE LETTUCE

PROPERLY TRIMMED ROMAINE

INTERIOR OF A HEAD OF ROMAINE

ROMAINE HEARTS

FRESH TRIMMED ROMAINE & ROMAINE HEARTS

TIP BURN ON ROMAINE LETTUCE


Grades: Fancy|No.1|No.2
Counts: 12|18|24|30
Cartons: 18kg/40# Romaine
Store: Refrigerated|Optimum Temperature +1C/33F


Remarks: Romaine and Green Leaf make up the majority of Leaf Lettuce sales. Overall, movement has slowed as shoppers switch to more convenient packaged salads. Hot House Butter lettuce has a regular following, field grown does not sell as well. Red Leaf, Endive and Escarole varieties are more trouble than they are worth, shrink is easily 50-80%. Quantity pricing will help reduce losses on these varieties. .

Displaying: Display on wet counters and tables, lettuces should be banded or wrapped. Do not over-trim butts, you may need to re-trim them again later on. If the product is not sold within a couple of hours, the butt ends will oxidize (turn rusty again) and require re-trimming. Rotate regularly to reduce handling. Displaying in close proximity to tomatoes and cukes will increase sales. Tip Burn (page 104) can be a headache during summer months. Cull distressed product and sell cheap.

Receiving: Inspect leaves for mold, slime, insect damage, shrivelling, tip burn and rusty discoloration. Check for core rot (page 105, diagram 9A) by firmly pressing your thumb against the butt. Spread apart leaves and inspect centers for black hearts. Reject shipments in general with an accumulation of more than 10% defects.


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