Avocado and blueberries are retail products that require scale, professional cultivation and large investments in post-harvest management applying the importance of pre-cooling and cold chain infrastructure. They must be cooled directly after harvest and a perfect cold chain must maintain fruit quality and successfully reach export quality grade. A few hours of delay in precooling might result in losing a double digit of the harvested value.
Both quantitative and qualitative losses occur at all stages in the post-harvest handling system of the distribution chain (from harvesting, through handling, packing, storage, and transportation). Postharvest losses are mostly attributed to improper temperature management and humidity control, unsuitable handling methods and storage time, among others.
The focus of this webinar is to identify the most common challenges around post-harvest management of high value export crops, while presenting good practices and the adoption of appropriate and novel postharvest technologies that assures the most favorable conditions to extend storage life, retain quality and nutritional attributes of the fruit.