Processes Overview

“Apples of our Eyes!”

Hess Bros. sources apples from a large network of local growers. Most of the orchards that provide apples to Hess Bros. are located in the Mid-Atlantic region within a 300 – 400 mile radius of the facility. This allows Hess Bros. to remain “hands-on” at all times and guarantees the fruit that is purchased and shipped is always fresh. Growers are hand selected and a field consultant from Hess Bros. works closely (in some cases weekly) with each one to ensure that they produce the best fruit possible. Field consultants cultivate relationships with each grower; they provide tips and information on planting, harvesting and varieties, determine usability, predict bushels and much more. Hess Bros. has partnered with some growers for over 30 years.

 

We take food safety SERIOUSLY…

After the fruit is harvested it returns to the Hess Bros. facility to be washed and sorted. Food safety is an integral part of our process and starts in the orchards. We follow GAP – Good Agricultural Practices – as do many of our partners (all Hess Bros. partners will follow GAP by harvest season 2010). GAP refers to a collection of stringent rules, guidelines and safety regulations and precautions that if adhered to, result in safe and healthy produce while maintaining economical, social and environmental sustainability. As part of the GAP process, audits are performed and certification is awarded ensuring top-quality produce.

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Packed and Ready-to-Go!

After being cleaned and sorted by variety, food-grade wax is applied to all apples. Apples are waxed to maintain freshness and give them a better visual appeal. The wax replaces the "natural" wax that is stripped when the apples are washed and cleaned. This food grade wax is perfectly safe to eat.

Apples are then packaged for distribution. Hess Bros. strives to meet the needs of their retailers and offers a variety of package options which vary per wholesale outlet. Much of what Hess Bros. packages is “packaged-to-order”. Hess Bros. also provides private label options for many clients.

Our apples are shipped locally, regionally, nationally and internationally – year round!