Hronis upgrades facility, packagingHronis Inc. has expanded its facilities and updated its packaging for the summer and fall table grapes season, part of a series of changes made by the Delano, Calif.-based grower-shipper.

"We doubled the amount of fruit we can receive on a daily basis," Pete Hronis, vice president of sales and marketing, said in a news release.

Changes to the receiving line will accommodate expanding acreage and an expected increase in grape and bunch size over last year. Box shipments are expected to be up about 10% at Hronis due to more favorable growing conditions in the San Joaquin Valley.

Upgrades to the cold storage and shipping facility include more wrapping machines, squeezers and conveyors.

Many of Hronis" grape bags now specify the grape variety and months of availability, not just color. Featured among the new packaging options are stand-up, gusseted bags in 2-pound fixed or variable weights.

"The new table grape displays are beautiful and the ‘handle bags" make it very easy for a shopper to pick up and place in a cart, and very easy for a cashier to handle at checkout," Hronis said in the release.

Hronis Inc. has added to its sales department as well. P. Nick Hronis, Pete Hronis" son, works alongside James Benson, Carrie Tillman and Steve Yaksitch.

Other changes include the addition of a video to the grower-shipper"s website,, that depicts facilities and staff.

The company announced that it is fully compliant with the Produce Traceability Initiative.