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

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Fresh Strawberry Patch
Well-Pict & Driscoll Strawberries are both excellent labels
Good quality Fresh Strawberries in a Clamshell
Moldy, Wet & Slimy Strawberry
Bad Quality, Moldy Strawberries in a Clamshell
Grades: No.1|Combo|No.2
Packs: Pint|1#|2#|4#|1/2 Flat|Full Flat
Cartons: 2.27kg/5#|3.64kg/8#|4.54kg/10#
Store: Refrigerated|Optimum Temperature +1C/33F 
Remarks: Strawberries sales are a big part of the produce department. Rotate regularly and pull down at close to avoid excessive shrink, culling and repacking. 

Displaying: Most supermarkets have moved to clamshells, reducing handling and shrink; fruit can be stacked several layers high with little impact (cut displays during slow times). Displaying in a refrigerated counter is best, although condensation can build up inside the clamshell lid and slow sales. Quantity pricing and cross selling with other berry varieties will increase sales. 

Receiving: Strawberries can be a difficult and time consuming fruit to handle when poor quality is received. If available, check the Lot Number, Grower Number and Packing Date on flats. Open clamshells, sample, and inspect for overripe berries, mold, slime and wetness; all indications of age. Berries should be firm not soft, wrinkled fruit is usually a sign of chilling injury caused by the truck reefer or warehouse cooler (page 23, diagram 5D). Fruit can spoil overnight if mold is found on just a few berries. Reject dull looking, wet, moldy, or shrivelled fruit and shipments in general with an accumulation of more than 10% defects. 



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