Development of a mathematical model for 'Hayward' kiwifruit softening in the supply chain : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Food Technology at Massey University, New Zealand [EMBARGOED UNTIL JANUARY 2019]
Fruit loss is a major concern to the kiwifruit industry as it incurs a high cost to monitor
and remove over soft or rotten fruit to meet export standards. Kiwifruit is exposed to
various temperature scenarios due to different packhouse cooling practices, and
temperature control is difficult to maintain throughout the supply chain. Fruit pallet
temperatures are wirelessly monitored in the supply chain. This time temperature data
provides valuable rich information which could be used to predict kiwifruit quality.