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Fresh cut lettuce production line

Efficiency and shelf life

Right across the value chain there is aggregation and professionalisation at local and global levels. The complexity and the sheer volume of fresh produce traded means that minimising waste is important, and all levels demand greater efficiencies.

Growers want productive and labour friendly varieties, processing companies want products minimal wastage. Together these drive the delivery of value to the final consumer.

Rijk Zwaan constantly improves varieties to deliver value to all levels of the chain. For example a smaller seed cavity in a melon which increases fresh cut yields; tomato varieties that are labour friendly; spinach with a uniform single canopy layer to facilitate mechanical harvesting; lettuce varieties that oxidise at a slower and extend shelf life.

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