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Studies since 1946 affirm that the major causes of apple bruising in Maine are the methods used in packing the containers, layer materials, and handling. During the past two years, the emphasis of the studies has been testing of different containers and packing materials to determine which give the apples the best protection. Those who pack apples have become increasingly conscious of the higher costs involved. Therefore, the cost of the various containers and packaging materials also was studied. Thus, the overall objective of the study was to determine what type(s) of container or containers and materials give the best protection to the fruit at the most favorable cost relating to the returns, that is, which containers and materials are the most practical all things considered.
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Maine Agricultural Experiment Station
Apples, shipping, Maine
Agricultural Economics | Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering
Woodward, H.C. 1953. Containers for shipping apples. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 619.