Wenatchee, WA: CMI Orchards introduces its new pear-packing technology with strong benefits for retailers and consumers. CMI’s Sarah Barclay, Domestic Sales and Pears, says their recent expansion on the technology used to pack, market and sell pears has been a work in progress for some time and they are happy to share. Thrilled to be able to. lead

“CMI has always put an emphasis on innovation, and we are really excited to see our hard work come to fruition,” says Barclay.

Barclay points out that among the innovations being developed and expanded is a new vent pattern, which provides efficiency at the warehouse level. “Most of the steps in pear packing are manual; The pear shape can prove to be a challenge when it comes to automating the process, so any modernization efforts reduce costs,” she says. “This new vent pattern along with streamlining the process- Also helps improve airflow—which is important for controlling temperature and maintaining moisture throughout both the packing line and the ripening process.” Reduction in any step in the packing process can reduce costs, she says. and this new vent pattern will eliminate the entire stage.

Barclay shared that the implementation of the SmartHarvest mobile ripening units is another exciting step in CMI’s continually evolving processes. “Empowering our customers to confidently sense the ripeness of their fruit, and having influence over the ripening process, ensures that retailers get more bang for their money,” says Barclay. “With this development, retailers can offer their customers pears that are at optimum ripeness at the time of purchase and ensure the best and consistent eating quality at home, attracting repeat customers and increasing product department increase sales in

She says this is the latest technology that retailers can use. “Any opportunity we get to be a leader in pear research and development, we take it,” Barclay explains. “That’s the kind of innovation we provide to our customers as well.”

About CMI Orchards:

CMI Orchards is one of Washington State’s largest growers, shippers and packers of premium quality conventional and organic apples, pears and cherries. Based in Wenatchee, Washington, CMI Orchards supplies exquisite fruit throughout the United States and exports to over 60 countries around the world.


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