Apples remain an important part of Hansen Orchards, they are supplied mainly to the retailers in Australia.
Mini apples for Woolworths.
Phil Pyke - Tasmanian Fruit Growers with Howard Hansen, Managing Director at Hansen Orchards.
Apples packed and ready to ship.
Cherries come from the orchards.
Cherries are cooled in the hydrocooler straight from the field.
Between the apples and cherries the cold stores are used year round.
Each of the farms have hydrocoolers so the cherries can be cooler right from picki8ng.
These half bins are easier to handle and are tipped straight into the water. The bins are automatically re-stacked.
The sorting line can handle 10 tonnes per hour.
The cherries are separated.
The cherries are checked by cameras for defects.
"The 'Op's station"
Cherries are sorted by size.
The busy workers in the packshed.
Cherries are checked by hand.
Boxes are weighed.
Phil chatting to one of the workers.
43° South is one of Hansen Orchards' brands.
The cherries are transshipped in Melbourne, and must be sealed after being checked by Bio-security. They are packed in plastic and three layers of plastic.