Extra attention for avocados
An important product like the avocado gets additional attention. Avocados are transported under a controlled atmosphere. Upon arrival, the quality inspectors therefore check both the CO2 and O2 (oxygen) content. With avocados, hardness and dry mass also play a role. Hard fruits are easier to ripen, and fruits with a low dry mass require more attention from our ripening masters.
Software for the inspection process
One logical check is whether what comes in, corresponds to what we have ordered and whether the specifications agreed with the supplier are correct. We immediately store all this information in QC One: specific software that supports the inspection process. Each quality inspector has access to a tablet with a barcode scanner to do so.
The contents of each pallet are known, as well as the variety and size it contains. This information is sent straight to our buyers, to give them a good overview of the stock. At the same time, this information also goes to the original supplier – we like to keep things transparent.
Discovering seasonal patterns
Because we have access to inspection information from years back, we can also discover seasonal patterns that help the quality controllers in their assessments. In this way, the inspectors know that fruit and vegetables can differ in quality between the beginning and the end of the harvesting season. We are also aware of disruptive factors, such as the weather conditions in the country of origin.
Fruit and vegetables that are temporarily stored at our location in Maasdijk before they are sold, are inspected every day. In this way we know the condition of the stock from day to day. Our ripening masters are also involved in the quality process for the Ready-to-Eat range. They keep a close eye on our avocados, mangos, kiwis, papa's and plums before, during and after their stay in the cold stores. The last check takes place at the packing lines. Our packers receive clear instructions about the only state in which we want to sell our products: perfect.