Postharvest

New study shows why strawberries must keep (their) cool

Right about now, if you eat a Florida strawberry, odds are it’s going to taste oh-so-good. That’s no accident. Strawberries are in season, and those you see at the grocery store should be shipped and... more »

TOMRA Food launches Packhouse Academy

TOMRA Food has launched the most comprehensive online learning resource for packhouse professionals in the fresh produce industry. Packhouse Academy, powered by TOMRA Academy, offers a wide range of on-demand videos, live interactive webinars, and... more »

RipeLocker containers hold freshly harvested organic blueberries well

RipeLocker, which extends the postharvest life of perishables, announced  Jan. 13 its RipeLocker containers recently held freshly harvested organic blueberries in pristine condition for eight weeks. According to a news release, in the trial, the... more »

New WSU Extension ITT coordinator specialist in postharvest systems hired

Chris Hedges has been hired to work with the Washington State University Tree Fruit Extension Team and the Carolina Torres postharvest systems program. Hedges is a native of Wenatchee,... more »

Field test could detect fruit-rotting diseases months before harvest

A Wenatchee-based Washington State University plant pathologist has developed an improved field test that could help apple and pear growers quickly and affordably detect pathogens that cause postharvest diseases right in their own orchards, weeks or months... more »

AgroFresh expands rollout of agtech innovation with Australian fruit grower, Montague

AgroFresh Solutions Inc. announced Dec. 8 that Montague, one of Australia's largest fruit growers, will utilize FreshCloud Quality Inspection to drive a comprehensive transformation of its entire quality system and decision-making for the management of... more »

Postharvest vineyard management: Preparing vines for winter

Preparing vines for winter begins between harvesting and the first frost. Helping grapes survive the cold period will help timely feeding, treating pests and diseases and it is the best time for vineyard floor management.... more »

Study confirms better market life for plums treated with SmartFresh quality system

New research conducted by the University of California, Davis found significant quality benefits for plums and pluots using the SmartFresh Quality System, an industry-trusted solution that allows growers, packers and retailers to better manage ripening... more »

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