CA storage effect on Quality of Eastern-Grown Apple Cultivars
Apples intended for processing are usually held in common or ordinary cold (RS) storage when there exists a need to extend the processing season much past harvest. Use of controlled atmosphere (CA) storage for processing apples has seldom been utilized due to the added costs involved. Controlled atmosphere fruit sometimes enters the processing channels due to economic considerations within the fresh fruit markets or to the development of some cosmetic conditions which makes the fruit unusable for fresh market. In addition, the steadily increasing costs of raw product and RS storage are tending to close the cost gap between RS and CA storage management to the point where some processors are beginning to reevaluate the latter for long term storage purposes.
Source: • Cornell University