Fresh Fruit Cuts Increases Efficiency and Volume with New Equipment
By Grocery Headquarters Staff
In preparation for the start of the California stone fruit season in early May, fresh cut peach and nectarine processor Fresh Fruit Cuts has made numerous facility upgrades to increase efficiency and volume. After a market test last season, Fresh Fruit Cuts is gearing up for their first full season and strong demand with facility upgrades including new bagging equipment, volume tray fillers and additional conveyers. “After last year’s stone fruit season, we were for looking ways to improve our efficiency and reduce labor. Making these upgrades in equipment will help us realize savings in cost and time while allowing us to not only meet current demand, but continue to grow it in the future,” says Kim Gaarde, President of Fresh Fruit Cuts. The new equipment’s main intention is to process Fresh Fruit Cuts peaches, nectarines and plums for their Woot Froot brand, but will also be used to process and bag other fresh cut items. It will allow Fresh Fruit Cuts to add additional SKU’s and pack sizes of form, fill and seal bags, as well as trays. Fresh Fruit Cuts is currently the only fresh cut processor in the U.S. to offer sliced peaches and nectarines, say company officials. This season will start in Mid-May and they will offer fresh cut sliced peaches and nectarines in 3-ounce bags, 5-count multipack clamshells, 14-ounce bags and 10-ounce, 20-ounce and 2-pound trays in the Woot Froot brand.