What happens after you’ve done the analysis?
The findings are shared with our fruit packers and we maintain open communication with them. Most of the time our Carbotrol® fruit meets our specifications. When a fruit cutting reveals that fruit is below high-grade B or drained weights are below specification, more lots are requested for further evaluation. At the end of the day, Leahy-IFP is in full control of what goes into our Carbotrol® cans. That’s how we maintain that higher standard. It’s what allows us to say that our fruit is the highest quality on the market.
You said most of the time the fruit meets our specs. How does Leahy-IFP make sure that happens?
Before the fruit even makes it to our facilities, we work with our packers on Leahy-IFP’s fruit bookings. We are always made aware of the quality of current season fruit. After all, what goes into the can is only as good as what’s coming off the tree! We source fruit all over the world. If we find out a peach crop is looking weak in one location, we have the ability to shift and buy peaches from a more robust location.
While many of our suppliers are from overseas, our number one choice is domestic for pears, peaches, plums, and cherries. For some types of fruit, that’s not possible, as occasionally there are shortages in domestic supply. We’ve developed relationships with packers who can meet our specific demands. Our Quality Assurance Team also performs fruit cuttings on fruit sourced outside of North America. Our mandarin segments come from China, and the canners there are evaluated and approved by Virginia Pacific on-site, and then the samples are evaluated at our headquarters in Glenview, Illinois.