A. Nathan Reed

Fresh fruit packers and storage operators endeavor to maintain fruit freshness and deliver attractive fruit of uniform color and weight, free from external blemishes and insect damage. Their ultimate goal is to furnish fruit that are not only aesthetically appealing but also free from internal defects and possessing outstanding flavor, aroma, and texture properties. Since fruit are living, biological products that are grown in many locations, they are affected by many factors, including weather, soil conditions, horticultural practices, insect and fungus populations, and postharvest storage conditions. Packing and marketing perfect fruit is an ideal situation that is difficult to achieve.

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