Fruit on Conveyor Belt

Vision 

The UC Postharvest Research and Extension Center strives to be the leader in developing and delivering innovative and impactful postharvest solutions. Our primary focus is to provide the produce industry with unbiased, science-based, and practical knowledge on technology, emerging research, and resources in postharvest. By conducting research, providing training, and offering extension services on postharvest resources and strategies, we support higher competitiveness, profitability, equity, and sustainability of the produce distribution chain. 

Mission

UC Postharvest Research and Extension Center provides science-based information to the produce industry to reduce food losses and improve the quality and safety of horticultural products.

Vision

The UC Postharvest Research and Extension Center strives to be the leader in developing, validating, and delivering innovative and impactful postharvest solutions. Our primary focus is to provide the produce industry with unbiased, science-based, and practical knowledge on technology, emerging research, and resources in postharvest. By conducting research, providing training, and offering extension services, we support higher competitiveness, profitability, equity, and sustainability of the produce supply chain.

Our goals are to:

  • Be a leading source of research-based information on the postharvest quality, engineering, safety, and marketability of horticultural products through the produce distribution chain.
  • Effectively communicate information and knowledge on postharvest solutions that enhance the quality, safety, storability, and marketability of horticultural products.
  • Catalyze national and international innovation and collaboration among the Postharvest Center members, industry, government, and other academic institutions.
  • Provide relevant information to local, national, and international growers, shippers, marketers, carriers, distributors, retailers, processors, and consumers of horticultural products through impactful postharvest research and extension programs.