Apples & Pears
THE CHALLENGES OF TRANSPORTING APPLES AND PEARS
Apples and pears are increasingly being exported to foreign markets as worldwide demand for the fruit continues to expand. Most varieties of apples and pears offer a relatively long shelf life, making the fruit fairly easy to ship on short voyages. Unfortunately, for long-range transport risk of loss increases signi cantly because both apples and pears are extremely sensitive to ethylene and are susceptible to decay—even more so as the fruit softens—during transit.