The RipeRite program consists of a 20-person team with different responsibilities, from research and development, controlled-atmosphere storage operators and quality assurance specialists, according to a news release.
“Our pears benefit from ThermalTech ripening rooms and a prescriptive ripening protocol, which helps retailers deliver consistency and increase turns when they source from Stemilt,” Brianna Shales, senior marketing manager, said in the release.
RipeRite is a process that reduces shrink at retail and increases flavor enzymes “and softens the fruit’s flesh for a consistent dessert eating experience,” according to the release.
Stemilt eliminated anti-ripening agents in 2018.
“When we were applying anti-ripening agents, they were inhibiting the pear’s ability to ripen, which denied the consumer of that flavorful experience we strive for,” Shales said in the release.