During the weekend( and night shift ) our Kiwifruit was packed. We went over on Sunday to see the last couple of hours . As a few of you are still interested in things kiwifruit I will show a few photos.
The machine weighs it and drops it off according to it's weight at packing arms where it is laid into trays or packs.
This packer is straightening up the fruit to lie neatly in the tray. It is a tray containing 33 fruit.
The whole time the fruit is being packed the Quality Control staff are sampling trays and packs to check the fruit is within the allowances for defects, has the right number of fruit per pack are the correct weight or as seen here have NO pests. This QC is using a 3 times magnification lens and light to check for pests. ( they didn't find any - that is good; it means our fruit may go to any market in the world. )
The trays and packs get tucked in, the tops pressed down and are then stacked on pallet bases and tightly strapped .
This completed pallet has single layer trays of count 33 fruit. It has a sticker saying "Y" for our taste band - the top one! Therefore should taste the sweetest. Each tray on the pallet has a sticker giving size; our grower #; pack date and packing shed code.
Any fruit not quite meeting the class 1 grade standards might get a second chance and end up in a box like this
which is class 2 fruit and mainly gets sold in Australia.It just means the allowance for say a little mark is a bit more generous - the fruit will still taste as good, it may be slightly flatter ( which actually are the very best tasting fruit in my opinion. )
So that is our packing done for this year. We have only one thing to grump about. We sent 244 bins of fruit to the shed. They only tipped /packed 243 - where is our other bin? ( which other grower got one of our bins? )
Meanwhile back ( mainly inside because of the weather ) I have been cooking and cleaning and sewing and trip planning. I have made 4 nice heatproof mats ( 2 more to do ) with NZ fabric for a gift. They are hand hemmed and machine quilted.