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Fresh Produce Quality Specification - Grapes

IMG 5715 1555x1037 389x259A brief guide to the quality standards expected for the supply of fresh Grapes.  We provide the basic food standards and the key fresh produce quality criteria for this product as part of a series of articles on fresh produce quality standards.

Please be aware that these specifications only reflect what we consider to be well established industry standards, commonly held knowledge and our own expertise in having conducted thousands of food quality inspections over the past 20 years.  If we have made any direct reference to another source it will be referenced clearly.

Grape Fact

There are over 8,000 grape varieties worldwide.

Size Requirements for Grapes

A minimum bunch weight of 500g and berry size of 15mm is typical for this product

Common Characteristic

Berries to be firm and mature and well attached to the vine.

Common Quality Defects Found in Grapes

We break quality defects typically into major and minor categories, with no tolerance recommended for the former, and a small tolerance recommended in the latter.  This would typically be in the region of 5% - 10% of a pack by either weight or count.

Grapes: Major Quality Defects

  • Mould / Rot / Breakdown
  • Pest Damage, Infestation, Taints or Foreign Bodies

Grapes: Minor Quality Defects

  • Defects in size and shape not affecting the overall appearance of the fruit
  • Skin defects not affecting life of the product and not affecting the internal quality of the fruit
  • Split or loose berries not exceeding 5% of the pack

Most Common Defect

Mould and rots are by far and away the most common reasons for rejections of this product.

Ideal Storage Temperature

Ideal storage temperature for this product is usually 0°C

Common Countries of Origin for Grapes

  • Spain
  • Italy
  • U.S.A.
  • South Africa

Please note these specifications are for informational use only, if you would like a detailed specification or comprehensive list of fresh produce specifications prepared, do not hesitate to contact us on 01208 895370.

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