West Michigan packers move to improve Honesycrisp packs

08/22/2013 09:17:00 AM
Max Miller

Riveridge Produce, LLC and its six Michigan packinghouses have implemented a system that uses a 10-point protocol to ensure quality carton packs.

“As the volume leader for Honeycrisp production in Michigan, we feel a responsibility to our apple buyers — and our growers — to pack the best possible quality Honeycrisp that leads to consumer satisfaction and minimal shrink on the sales floor,” said Don Armock, chief executive officer of Riveridge Produce Marketing in a news release.

Riveridge’s protocol addresses everything from the orchard to storage and the packing system. A strict maturity guideline for harvest has also been setup to ensure the apples are sweet and ripe when they arrive to the retail stores.

The Honeycrisp, a northern apple that was bred by researchers from the University of Minnesota in the 1960’s, has been the most popular apple planted in the state of Michigan since 2007. Michigan has more than 1 million Honeycrisp trees in the ground and the U.S. Department of Agriculture expects the Honeycrisp to be about 10% of the Michigan’s apple acreage.



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