Harvest 2016 is in full swing and the good weather means our picking teams are progressing quickly through the orchards. It is estimated we will grow 170m apples this season.
These British Royal Gala look stunning in the early morning sunshine at Griffins Farm in Sutton Valance. Next stop is our new packhouse at Flanders Farm where they will be chilled, graded and then put into cold storage.
British Royal Gala apples lining up ready to start the pre grading process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbn8Dh0Xch8 The fruit is then scanned by the pre grader https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2naoNrFLwk It is then sorted according to size and dropped into the correct water channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYR9NovcwEw The fruit gently floats along to fill the channels, then it will be back into cold storage according to size https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYw7nE6MXN8
Thanks to our cold storage technology, these British Royal Gala apples could be in store until mid June 2017 and they will taste as delicious as the day they are picked!