The Importance of Grape Quality Control & Testing
There are more than 10,000 types of grapes, and while 1,300 of them are grown primarily for wine, the rest are destined to become table grapes. But they all have one thing in common. Whether your crop is on its way to becoming a bottle of wine, a box of raisins, or going to be eaten by a happy consumer, quality control is essential to making this happen.
Optimizing table grape quality evaluation has become more important than ever as everyone from growers and pickers, to warehouses, marketing companies and retailers are looking to reduce waste and increase profitability across the board.
Without creating a consistent table grape quality control measurement or quality control process for when grape picking season or grape harvest season comes around, these businesses are unable to reassure their buyers that they are paying a fair price, and are stuck negotiating or haggling as they attempt to make ends meet.
Common Grape Defects
The following defects are the ones that are most likely to affect grape quality across the supply chain:
Common Grape Attributes for Grape Quality Evaluation
The following internal and external grapes attributes are commonly used for quality evaluation:
For the full list of attributes that the Clarifruit platform currently evaluates and recommended quality standards for each, download our free app now.
The Clarifruit platform also integrates with 3rd-party technology to evaluate external grape attributes. Learn more here.
Read our blog post about how your grape QC is connected to where your buyers live.
Grape Growing Seasons in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres
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