Upgrades added at fruit receiving station

B.C. Tree Fruits has added some upgrades to the receiving station in Summerland.

B.C. Tree Fruits has added some upgrades to the receiving station in Summerland.

A hydrocooler was added to cool the temperature of cherries before storage.

The hydrocooler was put in place before this year’s cherry harvest.

Ramps are being added and will be ready for this fall’s apple harvest, said Chris Pollock, marketing manager of B.C. Tree Fruits.

The facility, on Jubilee Road East, had been used as a packing house in past years, but as a result of changes within B.C. Tree Fruits, the facility is now used as a receiving station only.

Pollock said the Summerland facility is one of the bigger receiving stations in operation.

Fruit from Summerland is then sent elsewhere for packing.

A packing house in Osoyoos handles apples and soft fruits. Oliver processes apples and cherries. Kelowna packages cherries and pears and Winfield processes apples.

Pollock said there are no plans to return to a packing facility in Summerland, but the building will remain as a receiving station.

Space formerly used for packing fruit is now rented to two tenants, Pollock said.