New tech helps Calif. cherry growers cut costs

05/23/2013 | Fresh Fruit Portal (Chile)

California cherry growers working with O-G Packing can take advantage of the company's new Unitech Optical Cherry Sorter, which takes about 30 digital pictures of each cherry, reads the overall firmness of the fruit and lets the operator program it to kick out fruit with soft spots. "It's very comparable in terms of human labor because humans do take out a certain percentage of good fruit because of how fast they sort. It's replacing labor which is a huge cost in sorting cherries," said Plant Manager Tom Gotelli.

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