Speeding Up the Chill
Once we harvest our grapes—table grapes repeatedly described by consumers as the most flavorful grapes they’ve ever tasted—where do they go from there?
In 2015, Grapery completed construction of a state-of-the-art cold storage facility that has strengthened our overall process to lock in the flavor and freshness we’ve worked so hard to farm and harvest. We have raised the bar by significantly reducing the time between harvest and the protective chill. “This new facility represents our commitment to bring the world’s finest-tasting grapes to the table,” says Grapery CEO Jim Beagle. “We are all about flavor. That’s always been our number one priority, and always will be.” The new facility reduces the Cut-to-Cool time by as much as 70% compared to the typical industry average. “This process strengthens our ability to harvest our grapes when they are at their absolute flavor peak,” Beagle says, “then we chill them quicker, to lock in all that fantastic flavor.” Located in Shafter, CA, the 100,000-sq. ft. energy-efficient facility employs environmentally friendly solar power. “Our retail partners are excited to learn more about this new addition to our flavor arsenal,” says Grapery Founder Jack Pandol. “This process ensures our consumers will be delighted with every delicious bite of our premium grapes.”