Rice Fruit Co. has added a solar array to the green roof on top of one of its controlled-atmosphere rooms. ( Courtesy Rice Fruit Co. )

Rice Fruit Co. upgraded its Compac lines with Spectrim, added a solar array to the green roof on top of one of its controlled-atmosphere rooms, and added additional bagging machinery for poly and pouch bags, said Brenda Briggs, vice president of sales and marketing for the Gardners, Pa.-based company.

“Today is the first time we’ve tried it out and it’s just going great,” she said in mid-August.

Briggs said the firm also is increasing it Wildfire Gala variety, which harvests a bit earlier than the ginger gold. The early-maturing Premier Honeycrisp, with harvest in August, also is rising in volume, she said.

“This will be our first year to really have an decent volume on them and they look beautiful,” she said.

Rice Fruit is also growing and marketing the branded Kiku apple and planting more of that variety, she said.

The firm also is starting to market CrimsonCrisp and EverCrisp variety apples, which were developed by the Midwest Apple Improvement Association.

 

Rice Fruit Spectrim sorter
Rice Fruit Co. added this Spectrim sorter to its Compac packing lines. (Photo courtesy Rice Fruit Co.)

 

 
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