Postharvest Handling

3rd Edition

A Systems Approach

Editors: Wojciech Florkowski Robert Shewfelt Bernhard Brueckner Stanley Prussia
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124081376
eBook ISBN: 9780124104358
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 16th April 2014
Page Count: 592
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Postharvest Handling, Third Edition takes a global perspective in offering a system of measuring, monitoring, and managing produce processing to improve food quality, minimize food waste, reduce risks and uncertainties, and maximize time and resources. This unique resource provides an overview of the postharvest system and its role in the food value chain, and offers essential tools to monitor and control the handling process. It shows how to predict and combat unexpected events (e.g., spoilage), and manage the food quality and safety within a facility. Proven research methods and applications from various viewpoints are available to help you maintain high-quality produce and achieve the highest yields possible. The book also explores current challenges—including oversupply, waste, food safety, lack of resources, sustainability—and best practices for production to thrive in spite of these challenges.

Key Features

  • Presents current research methods and applications in temperature control and heat treatments to help minimize moisture content, to prevent spoilage and mold, and more
  • Addresses challenges of traceability and sustainability
  • Presents testing and measurement techniques and applications
  • Provides technological tools to create crop value and improve both food safety and food quality


Postharvest physiologists or technologists across the disciplines of agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, food sciences, and horticulture along with handlers of fresh or minimally processed products within the fresh produce processing industries will find this to be an invaluable resource.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • List of Contributors
  • Chapter 1. Postharvest Systems – New Contexts, New Imperatives

    • I The world has changed
    • II Perspectives in a postharvest system
    • III Concepts in postharvest systems
    • IV New goals for postharvest systems
    • Bibliography
  • Chapter 2. Challenges in Handling Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

    • I Introduction
    • II Handling of fruits and vegetables from farm to consumer
    • III Toward a more integrated approach to handling
    • IV Challenges amenable to systems solutions
    • Bibliography
  • Chapter 3. Consumer Eating Habits and Perceptions of Fresh Produce Quality

    • I Introduction
    • II Current fresh produce eating habits
    • III How do consumers define quality?
    • IV Consumer perceptions of fresh produce quality
    • V Personal and situational variables that influence fresh produce eating habits
    • VI Concluding comments
    • Bibliography
  • Chapter 4. Testing and Measuring Consumer Acceptance

    • I Introduction
    • II Experience and credence attributes
    • III Acceptance
    • IV Qualitative tests
    • V Quantitative tests
    • VI Testing preference
    • VII Testing acceptance
    • VIII Scales
    • IX Extracting information
    • X Test sites
    • XI Consumer segments
    • XII The necessity for acceptance testing
    • Bibliography
  • Chapter 5. Nutritional Quality of Fruits and Vegetables

    • I Introduction
    • II Nutrient components
    • III Antioxidants
    • Bibliography
  • Chapter 6. Value Chain Management and Postharvest Handling

    • I Introduction
    • II Value chain management
    • III Value chain management and postharvest systems
    • Bibliography
  • Chapter 7. Consumer Expenditures on Fresh Fruit


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About the Editor

Wojciech Florkowski

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Georgia, Griffin, GA

Robert Shewfelt

Affiliations and Expertise

The University of Georgia, Athens, USA

Bernhard Brueckner

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute fuer Gemeuse-und Zierpflanzenbau, Germany

Stanley Prussia

Affiliations and Expertise

The University of Georgia, Griffin, USA