“This machine does such a great job of ensuring the fruit that goes in the box is just beautiful,” he said.
O-G Packing was running its four cherry lines through a single computerized grader.
The grower-packer-shipper is analyzing the volume sorted this year and plans to install at least one additional Unitec machine, possibly next year, Moznett said. The number of lanes will depend on the outcome of the analysis.
Joe McDonald, director of operations for Farmington Fresh LLC, Stockton, said he was on the tour to see graders and sorters in action.
“I’m hear to evaluate the shed business and the equipment for them,” he said.
McDonald said he was impressed by the technology, noting the beautiful color of the fruit being packed.
“I think it’s more about the right quality going into the right box and getting value for that quality,” he said.
Brian Birdsall, general manager of cherry operations for Sage Fruit Co., Yakima, Wash., said he was traveling around California for the week looking at different technologies available on the market.
“The best way to do it is when it’s operating,” he said.
Sage currently uses mechanical sizing and hand sorting.