Recently, people from IPL appeared on BBC One’s Supermarket Secrets to explain the steps we take to ensure our produce remains fresh for Asda customers.
Mike Rudge, IPL Citrus Technologist, was seen on the BBC show, explaining the steps the company takes to ensure their produce remains fresh for Asda customers. Rudge was filmed at the Sittingbourne site, reviewing the arrival of a shipment from South Africa.
Citrus is shipped in chilled containers, which reduce the likelihood of any mould from developing. However, once out of containers, any mould spores that may present within the shipment can grow, causing further damage and waste. An initial inspection for any visible signs of growth is followed by taking a sample of the delivery and placing at room temperature, which replicates the customers shelf, to understand the worst case of mould damage which is not visible in a chilled environment.
The fruit is also checked under an ultra-violet light so that any that are damaged can be removed, as mould and spores tend to grown in the punctures and holes.
In another segment of the show, Managing Director Mike Snell, spoke to Gregg Wallace about retailers scrapping plastic packaging and why Asda have left some of their produce fully wrapped. Mike explained how respiration affects different fruit and vegetables and how plastic can dramatically increase the shelf life of fresh produce.