Sicural Brix level and color are now accredited by Accredia after dry matter content had already been accredited last year. "It is an excellent opportunity for kiwi producers and commercialization businesses to have the quality of their products established objectively as we all know settlements depend on quality more and more," report Giusy Riciput and Silvia Zuccherelli from Sicural.
The team at Sicural
A certified laboratory must be contacted to have a reliable certification of dry matter content, Brix level and color.
"Being accredited means our protocol to determine parameters is standardized and complies with regulations. This is very important to guarantee data that increasingly often influence producer settlements as well as final sales prices."
Kiwifruits are assessed according to Brix level and dry matter content, while color is also important for golden kiwifruits. Dry matter content varies every year, even inside the same orchard depending on agronomic techniques, weather and harvesting era. There are set minimum limits based on which producers receive increasing settlements.
Sicural obtained the accreditation of its standard protocol: fruit processing, dissection, cutting system, oven temperature, timeframe, type of precision scales, etc. The number of fruits per batch varies between 30 and 60 depending on the degree of accuracy required.
"Our laboratory provides valid help to all POs and producers. Having available objective and punctual data supplied by an accredited laboratory helps prevent doubts and complaints."