Reid Fruit's packhouse in the Huon Valley
and the cool stores
This line can pack 10 tonnes an hour.
90% of the fruit packed is from Ried's own orchards.
The cherries are hydro-cooled straight after picking.
They are chilled for 25 hours in the cold store before packing.
The graders only remove 70%, the rest is done by hand.
Reid don't use any artificial means of hardening.
Harvest will finish up this week.
Trays are heat seald with perforated tops.
The perforations stop them inflating while in the air.
Carton ready to be air freighted to China.
The famous gold box.
Reid built an new packshed which was operational this season.
Each cherry is checked by hand.
Cherries are graded and sorted into lanes.
NIR infared technology
Cherries are picked into 8kg lugs which prevents damage to the fruit.
Cherries are transported by refrigerated truck.
Pallets are loaded into truck.
Boxes in the truck, they are stacked on bars to stop the boxes getting crushed in transit.
Boxes are checked and sealed after a quarantine check.
Reid's gold gift box.
Boxes are chilled before the cherries are packed.
Counterfeit is ripe in China, one of Reid's methods to combat this is by printing the plastic bag inside the box.
This box promotes the health benefits of cherries.
Each box also has a watermark on the base.
This box is designed for non-English speaking people. The cherry picture tells you what is inside and the kangaroo tells you it is Australian.
Lucy Gregg with the flyers on how how healthy cherries are.
Each box has a QR code so customers can check if they have a real box of Reid's cherries.