Annual Fruit Ripening & Retail Handling Workshop
March 17-18, 2015
UC Davis Alumni Center
Link to additional 2014 workshop handouts.
Link to 2014 Workshop Brochure (pdf)
Focus on Ripening & Retail Handling
This workshop, presented annually by the UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center, is intended for shippers and fruit handlers (wholesale and retail), and produce managers who are involved in handling and ripening fruits and fruit-vegetables. The workshop focuses on how to increase profits by reducing losses at the receiving end, and delivering ready-to-eat, delicious fruits and fruit-vegetables to the consumer.
Faculty Coordinator (Interim)
Beth Mitcham has served as Director of the Postharvest Technology Center since 2010. The focus of her research and extension program is the postharvest biology and technology of frutis, especially apples, pears, cherries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, as well as almonds and walnuts.
In addition to studies on harvest maturity, storage conditions and flavor quality, her program focuses on regulation of fruit ripening and cellular regulation of calcium deficiency disorders.
- Importance of ripening programs
- Ripening fruit and fruit-vegetables
- Ripening facilities & equipment
- Fruit development-ripening
- Maturity and quality relationships
- Biology of ethylene production
- Sensory quality attributes and measurement
- Temperature management
- Retail temperature storage conditions
- Retail displays and handling
- Tools to control ripening and senescence
- Ethylene inhibition and control
- Designing/controlling a ripening program
- Physiological disorders and other losses
- Quality measurements
- Environmental equipment
Enrollment is Easy (2014)
- On Line. Link to our secure online registration site.
- By Mail. Complete the enrollment form on the workshop brochure and send it with your check payable to the "UC Regents" to: Attn: Penny Stockdale, Postharvest Technology Center; Dept. of Plant Sciences MS2; UC Davis; One Shields Avenue; Davis, CA 95616
- By Phone. Call us at (530) 752-6941. Please have your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express account number handy.
- By Fax. Fax your completed enrollment form from the workshop brochure, along with credit card information to: (530) 754-4326.
Enrollment Fees & Deadlines (2014)
The 2014 enrollment fee was $795.00 for this 2-day workshop and included all classroom instruction, lab activities, course materials, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, lunches, and an evening mixer. Enrollments were requested by March 15, 2014. Reservations were made on a first paid, first enrolled basis.
If your plans change: Refunds, less an $80 processing fee, will be granted if requested at least seven calendar days before the course begins. At that time, you may also discuss sending a substitute. We reserve the right to discontinue, postpone, or combine classes, and to change instructors. Every effort will be made to notify enrollees of any changes or cancellations.
- Mary Lu Arpaia, CE Specialist, Dept. of Botany & Plant Science, UCR
- Jeff Brecht, Professor, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida
- Christine Bruhn, CE Specialist, Dept. of Food Science & Technology, UCD
- Marita Cantwell, CE Specialist, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UCD
- Roberta Cook, CE Specialist, Dept. of Ag. & Resource Economics, UCD
- Deirdre Holcroft, Holcroft Postharvest Consulting
- Dennis Kihlstadius, Produce Technical Services
- Jim Merkel, Raley's Family of Fine Stores
- Beth Mitcham, CE Specialist, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UCD
- Michael Reid, Emeritus, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UCD
- Mikal Saltveit, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UCD
- Jim Thompson, Postharvest Engineering LLC, and Emeritus, Dept. of Biological & Agricultural Engineering, UCD
- Florence Zakharov, Professor, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UCD
For More Information (2014)
- Accomodations. For hotel information please go to Yolo County Visitor's Guide. For your convenience, we have blocked a number of rooms at both the Hallmark Inn and the Best Western Palm Court. Mention you are with the Postharvest Technology Center's "Fruit Ripening" workshop.
- Parking. There is a daily parking permit fee of $8.00, and permits are available for purchase at the entrance of nearby UC Davis parking lots.
- Air Travel.The closest airport to Davis is Sacramento International (a 25 minute drive). San Francisco and Oakland International airports are about a 1.5 hour drive. To arrange for transportation between Sacramento airport and Davis, see the Davis Airporter website.
- Visiting Davis. See our Welcome to Davis page and the Yolo County Visitor's Guide.
For more information about the Fruit Ripening & Retail Handling Workshop, we invite you to take a look at our Workshop brochure or contact the following:
Technical Content Coordinator (Interim)
Phone: (530) 752-7672
Thanks to our 2014 Sponsors!