( Courtesy Stemilt Growers )

Stemilt Growers’ Rushing Rivers d’anjou and red d’anjou pears go through a process that the Wenatchee, Wash.-based company’ calls the RipeRite program.

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.

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