The process of maintaining the highest quality produce begins with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP’s) in all of our orchards. With the help of our Horticulturists, field workers, and outside growers we are able to closely work together and utilize our resources much more efficiently. Included in our GAP’s is our IPM process or Integrated Pest Management process which allows us to closely monitor weather, crop stage, and soil moisture using highly sensitive, proprietary instruments.
Kershaw Fruit provides a standard of Sustainability and Traceability that is second to none in the fresh produce industry. By accurately managing inventory with the help of our in house database we can trace fresh packed fruit back to the orchard it was picked from.
At Kershaw Fruit, we understand that no two markets are identical and we have to make changes to satisfy the vast variations in customer wants and needs. With our very flexible packing lines we are able to run a variety of packing options from boxes to bags! With the help of our robotic box maker and bag filler we greatly increase the efficiency and safety of the apples.
Aside from the many automated machines we are currently using, we also have our Spectrim defect sorter. This allows us to capture hundreds of photos of every apple that passes through our production line. With these photos, we are able to assess any defects, both internal and external, that may be present on the apple and thus choose the best packing line to send it.
The final stage in our line of production is the storage and shipping of customer orders. Kershaw Fruit is a commit to-pack warehouse with that meaning all boxes produced are allocated to orders. Our fruit is then stored in a temperature controlled room to ensure a fresh apple through the entire storage period.
KERSHAW COMPANIES MANAGEMENT POLICY
Kershaw Fruit has one end goal-Provide an affordable, healthy choice for a consistent eating experience by growing produce that tastes good and has nutritional value. We strive to meet that goal on a daily basis by combining five generations of farming experience and marketing efforts; starting in the orchards and continuing through the delivery process to ensure the customer’s enjoyment of a safe, quality product.
We are proud of our dedication to the land, our people, our product, and the consumer. We also realize today’s produce world has become more complex and offers consumers more choices. We remain focused on meeting those needs while maintaining the balance of nature. Our experience, technology, and passion are the soul of the Kershaw family commitment.
Our fundamental policies ensure safe, quality food. We do so through good manufacturing practices and standard operating procedures. Food safety, quality and security are core beliefs and to that end; we have formed a Food Safety/Quality/Security team of diverse personnel from all Kershaw Company levels to help ensure these standards are maintained and new challenges are met head on. We fully support the Food Safety/Quality/Security team. We will continue to make financial resources available to design, improve, and implement new programs at Kershaw Fruit. Our objective is to be compliant with food safety standards. We strive to keep major and critical non-conformity at 0% and our minor non-conformity under 10%.
Each employee is required to notify a supervisor or team member with any safety, quality or security issues/concerns.
We believe in creating a workplace environment that promotes the safety and health of our employees. We operate within all the Federal and State Labor Laws. Kershaw Fruit has several areas on the property to encourage a healthy, well balanced work environment. We promote an open-door policy for all our employees as stated in our employees’ handbook.