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Results of Spanish cherry season 'surprising'

The Spanish Cherry Season began a few weeks ago and is keeping the entire cherry supply chain in suspense, which is about to complete the work of a whole year. The sector is in turmoil and persistent rains make everything even more complex, but Spanish Packing Houses who have chosen Unitec technology Cherry Vision 3.0 for processing and selecting their fruit quality are obtaining surprising results.

"With Cherry Vision 3.0 technology, the advantages are truly remarkable, especially in varieties such as the Red Pacific, which has apical cracks problems. It is specifically in this aspect that we are noticing the difference, and we are fully benefiting from it! As well as in other aspects (…): homogeneous colour inside the crate, perfectly selected defects, pinpoint accuracy of the sorting."

These are the words of Carlos Llambrich, Llamfruit Cherry General Manager, which is a Packing House located in the autonomous community of Aragon, Spain. It has been producing, processing and exporting cherries for over forty years and has chosen to rely on a cherry line entirely produced by UNITEC and equipped with Cherry Vision 3.0 technology.

His words leave no room for interpretation, the message is evident: a lot of satisfaction for the great results achieved just a few weeks after the beginning of the season.

Unitec system Cherry Vision 3.0, the upgraded version of Cherry Vision 2.0 technology, is the latest frontier in the field of cherry quality selection.

In addition to allowing cherry selection according to their size, color and consistency reaching levels of reliability never achieved before, this technology is able to detect possible cracks or lesions on the bottom of the fruit (the so-called apical damages) with extreme precision: a very important technological plus that is fundamental during cherry seasons unfortunately characterized by heavy rains, like the current one.

Also Jordi Mora, Frutas David owner, underlines how precious Cherry Vision 3.0 is in detecting the insidious apical damages. Frutas David is another Spanish Packing House in Aragon with forty years’experience in the cherry production sector who has chosen UNITEC technology for selecting of the quality of their cherries:

Despite the initial bad weather and the large quantities of fruit with cracks, we are in the middle of a season in which we had no problems with target customers, which is obviously the most important thing for  us. As far as we know, my company and my colleagues, who once adopted Cherry Vision 2.0, Cherry Vision 3.0 allows better detection of apical damage. We work with some particular varieties, such as the Red Pacific, which often have cracks on the bottom side and thanks to Cherry Vision 3.0 we are solving the problem!"

Cherry Vision 3.0, entirely developed by the Unitec Research and  Development department, is equipped with very high resolution cameras, which scan 100% of cherry surface and is able to have a complete vision of the fruit, even in its more hidden parts.

Therefore, thanks to this Unitec technology, Packing Houses can obtain cherry lots with a level of homogeneity that was previously difficult to imagine and almost unattainable in rainy seasons: both in terms of quality uniformity inside the packaging, and in terms of quality uniformity between one package and another.

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