The path of the Georgian mandarin from the farmer to the New Year’s table (photo)


The path of the Georgian mandarin from the farmer to the New Year’s table (photo)

01/02/2020

EastFruit will tell and show how tangerines from Georgia get to consumers’ tables

As EastFruit wrote earlier, according to the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia as of December 19, 2019, the export volume of Georgian mandarin amounted to 21,333 tons. According to the ministry, this figure is 6.2% higher than the data for the same period last year (20,085 tons).

During the New Year holiday, the consumption of mandarin increases sharply. EastFruit will tell and show how tangerines from Georgia get to consumers’ tables.

1. Acceptance of tangerines is carried out by the plant from small farmers with the help of procurers.

2. Upon receipt, tangerines undergo disinfection and are sent for storage.

3. Tangerines are stored in the refrigerator until an order is received, usually no more than two months.

4. Once the order has arrived, tangerines are calibrated in 5 sizes: 45×50, 50×54, 54×58, 58×63, 63+.

5.To extend the shelf life and better transportation, tangerines are processed with paraffin.

6. Before packing, tangerines are sorted by hand.

7. Substandard products are spent on processing – tangerine concentrate, which is added to orange juice.

8. As a rule, tangerines are packed in plastic boxes, which are produced directly at the factory. But also, at the request of the buyer, tangerines can be packed in cardboard boxes.

9. In Georgia, the dominant variety of tangerines is “Satsuma” (“Unshiu”). It has good taste and is easily peeled by hand. The disadvantages include a relatively short storage period.

10. Tangerines packed in 900 kg pallets are ready for export by road and then by ferry to Russia, Ukraine and the CIS countries, which make up 99% of Georgian exports.

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