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

Monday, March 10, 2014

Grades: No.1|No.2
Sizes: Boilers|Small|Medium|Jumbo|Colossal
Packs: 2#|1.36kg/3#|2.72kg/5#|10#|25#|40#|50#
Store: Refrigerated|Optimum Temperature +1C/33F
Onions Overview: Page 131

Remarks: Easy to handle. White onions break down quickly, store in the cooler to help avoid this. Shrink can be substantial compared to the red and yellow varieties. Sales do not warrant retailing pre-packaged bags.

Displaying: Dummy displays for easy culling and restocking. Heaping displays is not recommended. Displaying red, white and yellow onions together and cross-selling will increase sales. There will be times when the tips look dried out and brown; it may be necessary to cut the tips with a pair of scissors to maintain steady sales. Time consuming, only do this if you have extra time available. Cull distressed product, bag up and discount.

Receiving: An entire shipment of white onions can breakdown overnight, once quality problems become apparent. Product should arrive dry, if the bags or boxes are wet...smell for a strong onion aroma (a sign of decay). Inspect stems for wetness, mold and press firmly at the base. White onions should be hard. Wet stems and black discoloration are signs of bad quality and should be rejected. Mold around the roots may also be evident. Reject moldy or sprouting onions and shipments in general with an accumulation of more than 10% defects.



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