Out of Hibernation and into the World
Sorting, Traceability, and Sales
As soon as purchasers have placed their orders, the apples go out once again into the fresh air. The crates are first taken out of the warehouse and brought to the sorting machine. Once there, they are transported by water and sorted according to shape, color, size, peel purity, and signs of damage. In this phase, a photo is taken of every apple. In the next step, they return once again, now sorted, to the large crates. Finally, they are washed with drinking water and brushed, packed in different forms of packaging, labeled, and transported to the customers.
Thanks to the barcode with which every crate is provided upon delivery to the fruit cooperative, every apple can be traced back to the individual grower
. Only those apples which have a uniform size, shape, and color, which have residues below the prescribed limit, and which have been labeled may leave the fruit cooperative and reach the market.