Annual Fruit Ripening & Retail Handling Workshop March 18-19, UC Davis

March 18th - 19th, 2013 • Davis, CA

Past Event:

19th Annual Workshop; March 18-19, 2013; UC Davis Conference Center


Monday & Tuesday, March 18 & 19, 2013, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The registration desk will open at 7:15 a.m. on Monday.


Ballroom A & B at the UC Davis Conference Center on the UC Davis campus. For Davis travel and lodging information, visit:


$775 includes all instruction, course materials, coffee breaks, and lunches. Your enrollment is requested no later than March 4, 2013.


Refunds, less an $80 processing fee, will be granted if requested at least seven calendar days before the course begins. At that time, you may also discuss sending a substitute.


A block of rooms at both the Hallmark Inn and Palm Court Best Western has been reserved for workshop participants. Daily campus parking permits are $7/day, and may be purchased at kiosks near the entrance of each parking lot.

Focus on Ripening & Retail Handling

This workshop, presented annually by the UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center, is intended for shippers and fruit handlers (wholesale and retail), and produce managers who are involved in handling and ripening fruits and fruit-vegetables. The workshop focuses on how to increase profits by reducing losses at the receiving end, and delivering ready-to-eat, delicious fruits and fruit-vegetables to the consumer.

Faculty Coordinator

Carlos Crisosto's extension and research activities encompass postharvest studies on fresh fruits and nuts with emphasis on the following crops: apricot, nectarine, peach, plum, kiwifruit, cherry, apple, Asian pear, persimmon, fresh fig, mango, and table grapes.

The goal of his research program is to develop a better understanding of the orchard factors and postharvest factors that control fruit flavor and shelf life, and to develop technology to overcome fruit industry problems and satisfy consumers.

Topics (2013)

  • Importance of ripening programs
  • Ripening fruit and fruit-vegetables
  • Ripening facilities & equipment
  • Fruit development-ripening
  • Maturity and quality relationships
  • Biology of ethylene production
  • Sensory quality attributes and measurement
  • Temperature management
  • Retail temperature storage conditions
  • Retail displays and handling

Enrollment is Easy (2013)

On Line. Link to our secure online registration site.

By Mail. Complete the enrollment form on the workshop brochure and send it with your check payable to the "UC Regents" to: Attn: Penny Stockdale, Postharvest Technology Center; Dept. of Plant Sciences MS2; UC Davis; One Shields Avenue; Davis, CA 95616

By Phone. Call us at (530) 752-6941. Please have your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express account number handy.

By Fax. Fax your completed enrollment form from the workshop brochure, along with credit card information to: (530) 754-4326.

Enrollment Fees & Deadlines (2013)

The enrollment fee of $775.00 for this 2-day workshop includes all classroom instruction, lab activities, course materials, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, lunches, and an evening mixer. Your enrollment is requested by March 4, 2013. Reservations will be made on a first paid, first enrolled basis.

If your plans change: Refunds, less an $80 processing fee, will be granted if requested at least seven calendar days before the course begins. At that time, you may also discuss sending a substitute. We reserve the right to discontinue, postpone, or combine classes, and to change instructors. Every effort will be made to notify enrollees of any changes or cancellations.

Instructors (2013)

  • Mary Lu Arpaia, Dept. of Botany & Plant Science, UCR
  • Jeff Brecht, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida
  • Christine Bruhn, Dept. of Food Science & Technology, UCD
  • Marita Cantwell, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UCD
  • Roberta Cook, Dept. of Ag. & Resource Economics, UCD
  • Carlos Crisosto, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UCD
  • Fernando Edagi, AgroFresh
  • Deirdre Holcroft, Holcroft Postharvest Consulting
  • Dennis Kihlstadius, Produce Technical Services
  • Beth Mitcham, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UCD
  • Michael Reid, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UCD
  • Mikal Saltveit, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UCD
  • Jim Thompson, Postharvest Engineering LLC, and Dept. of Biological & Agricultural Engineering, UCD
  • Florence Zakharov, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UCD

For More Information

Accomodations. For hotel information please go to Yolo County Visitor's Guide.  For your convenience, we have blocked a number of rooms at both the Hallmark Inn and the Best Western Palm Court. Mention you are with the Postharvest Technology Center's "Fruit Ripening" workshop.

Parking. There is a daily parking permit fee of $7.00, and permits are available for purchase at the entrance of nearby UC Davis parking lots.

Air Travel. The closest airport to Davis is Sacramento International (a 25 minute drive). San Francisco and Oakland International airports are about a 1.5 hour drive. To arrange for transportation between Sacramento airport and Davis, see the Davis Airport website.

Visiting Davis. See our Welcome to Davis page and the Yolo County Visitor's Guide.

For more information about the Fruit Ripening & Retail Handling Workshop, we invite you to take a look at our Workshop brochure or contact the following:

Technical Content Coordinator

Registration Coordinator

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UC Davis Conference Center

Davis, California
United States

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