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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 27, 2014

FRESH PICKED ROYAL GALA APPLES


HIGH COLOR ROYAL GALA


SCAB AROUND STEM BOWL OF ROYAL GALA APPLE


TYPICAL ROYAL GALA SUPERMARKET COLOR


ROYAL GALA APPLE STEM BOWL CRACK


Grades: Ex-Fancy|No.1|Fancy|Commercial|Orchard Run
Sizes: 36|48|56|64|72|80|88|100|113|125|138|150+
Cartons: 18kg/40# Standard|20kg/44# Heavy Pack
Bags: 1.36kg/3#|2.27kg/5#|3.64kg/8#|4.54kg/10#
Bins: 182kg/400#|364kg/800#
Store: Refrigerated|Optimum Temperature +1C/33F


Remarks: Galas may be the best selling apples in the world and can be left out on display for 2-3 days with little impact. Many “gala” varieties are marketed and sold under the “royal gala” name. Good quality fruit should be very firm and have a minimum of 60-80% red color. All growing regions can produce excellent quality.

Displaying: Easy to handle. Red side should face up to maximize eye appeal. Turn apples sideways to prevent stem punctures. Displaying apples under hot light fixtures can turn them waxy and sales will drop off. Sampling can increase sales by +50%. Cull soft, waxy and 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. Inspect for stemless and cracks around the stem bowl. Look for bruises, bitter pit, decay and mold. Firmly press your thumb against the surface for excessive softness. Reject soft apples and shipments in general with an accumulation of more than 10% defects.

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