Wholesale Distribution Center Storage

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Most produce is shipped from the point of production to regional or local distributors, such as terminal markets, independent wholesalers or chain store distribution centers. Produce orders are assembled at these sites and then shipped to retail stores, restaurants, or institutions such as schools or hospitals. Produce and floral items lose quality during these marketing steps, and the amount of quality loss accumulates at each step. The consumer will receive good quality produce only if each operation in the handling chain minimizes abuse caused by mechanical damage, improper temperature and RH, moisture loss, ethylene damage, odor contamination, and excessive storage time.

James F. Thompson
Adel A. Kader
University of California, Davis, CA