North America

Mildura Fruit Company 2016

120,000 bins of Navels, 25-30,000 easy peelers plus some lemons and avocados go through the packhouse each year.
120,000 bins of Navels, 25-30,000 easy peelers plus some lemons and avocados go through the packhouse each year.
All bins are scanned as the go into the packhouse.
All bins are scanned as the go into the packhouse.
Initial inspections are done within 24 hours, all fruit is put through a fungicide bath on arrival and here the fruit can be given ethylene treatment to increase the colour (only for the domestic market).
Initial inspections are done within 24 hours, all fruit is put through a fungicide bath on arrival and here the fruit can be given ethylene treatment to increase the colour (only for the domestic market).
Fruit destined for KCT, Korea, China and Thailand.
Fruit destined for KCT, Korea, China and Thailand.
Line one: navels
Line one: navels
The fruit is given another fungicide treatment.
The fruit is given another fungicide treatment.
MFC is the company in Australia to wash bins every time they come into the packhouse.
MFC is the company in Australia to wash bins every time they come into the packhouse.
Bins are tipped onto the line, can do 100 bins per minute
Bins are tipped onto the line, can do 100 bins per minute
There are 8 lines, all checked by a Compac Color Vision grader which takes 20-24 photos of each piece of fruit.
There are 8 lines, all checked by a Compac Color Vision grader which takes 20-24 photos of each piece of fruit.
The grader sorts the fruit into I, II or III class and sends it to the appropriate packing line.
The grader sorts the fruit into I, II or III class and sends it to the appropriate packing line.
The line also has a brix grader which is used for certain customers.
The line also has a brix grader which is used for certain customers.
Belts with graded fruit.
Belts with graded fruit.
A final visual check.
A final visual check.
Cartons are made up before being filled by a suction machine which fills them layer by layer.
Cartons are made up before being filled by a suction machine which fills them layer by layer.
Orchard Breeze one of MFC's brands.
Orchard Breeze one of MFC's brands.
Boxes packed and ready for market.
Boxes packed and ready for market.
Net bags for the supermarkets.
Net bags for the supermarkets.
Red Earth is a translation of the Aboriginal word Mildura.
Red Earth is a translation of the Aboriginal word Mildura.
The machine which does the net packs.
The machine which does the net packs.
Weight, size and quality are again checked.
Weight, size and quality are again checked.
Navels are 80/20% export/domestic market.
Navels are 80/20% export/domestic market.
The cartons are loaded onto trucks and taken to Melbourne.
The cartons are loaded onto trucks and taken to Melbourne.
All the different brands packed at Mildura Fruit Company.
All the different brands packed at Mildura Fruit Company.
Justin Lane
Justin Lane

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