Fresh-cut Products: Maintaining Quality & Safety Workshop

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Fresh-cut products are fresh fruits and vegetables that have been prepared (cleaned, washed, sanitized, cut), packaged, and held under refrigeration until consumption. The fresh-cut sector continues to develop innovative and convenient products.

Consumers demand safe, high quality fresh-cut products that have extended shelf-life, but also good eating quality. These demands require that fresh-cut processors and handlers meet rigorous standards.

This workshop provides an intensive and substantive overview of many aspects of fresh-cut production, processing, packaging, distribution and quality assurance. Participants gain working knowledge of established and new procedures through topic-related sessions and demonstrations.

In 2017, the workshop will feature discussions on fresh-cut marketing, new packaging, product physiology, microbial control, and sensory evaluation. And our practical demonstration on the impact of temperature on packaged product quality reinforces all the temperature-related discussions.

The fresh-cut industry and this workshop have changed considerably over the past 20 years. Join us if you are new to the fresh-cut industry, or if you want updates on many topics important to the success of the fresh-cut fruit and vegetable sector.

Who Should Attend

The workshop is relevant to all levels of fresh-cut produce industry professionals—from small, local and regional produce processors to large businesses with nationwide distribution. Food scientists, food engineers, quality assurance personnel and new product development staff as well as representatives from research institutions, the restaurant and Institutional food industries, and equipment, packaging and ingredient suppliers will all benefit from attending.

Topics Included: 

  • Marketing & Consumer Issues
  • Product Biology
  • Product Quality
  • Product Preparation
  • Temperature Management
  • Microbiology & Sanitation
  • Modified Atmospheres and Packaging
  • Specific Fresh-cut Product Information
Date: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - Thursday, September 28, 2017
Company: 
University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Contact: 
Penny Ann Stockdale
Phone: 
530-752-7672
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