Texas International Produce Association to Host Lime Grades Training Day on August 4; Dante Galeazzi Details



Texas International Produce Association to Host Lime Grades Training Day on August 4; Dante Galeazzi Details


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MISSION, TX - Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) is using its expertise to uplift the lime industry, announcing it will soon be hosting a “Lime Grades & Standards Training Day.” The full day of training will focus on several vital aspects, including differences between lime grades, determining color, as well as identifying common defects.

Dante Galeazzi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Texas International Produce Association“The volume of limes being traded in U.S. markets has increased dramatically over the last decade,” explains Dante Galeazzi, President of TIPA. “Unfortunately, the understanding of the technical nature of the commodity has lagged behind the volume growth. In meetings with over 30 different lime shippers, it became evident that education was needed across many levels to establish harmonization regarding the interpretation of the standards and grades for limes. That’s why TIPA is excited to announce this FREE event, open to any and all industry members. If your organization grows, packs, sells, buys, or touches a lime, then this event is for you.”

“Lime Grades & Standards Training Day” will run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on August 4 in Pharr, Texas, at the training location provided by Pharr International Bridge. As a press release explained, the insightful course will be based on the USDA Grade Standards for Limes with special attention to areas such as grade terminology, blanching vs. yellowing, and distinguishing and scoring appearance defects. It will be led by Mr. Richard Ruiz, an inspector with nearly 40 years of experience conducting USDA inspections throughout Texas, alongside a team from the Texas Cooperative Inspection Program (TCIP).

The Texas International Produce Association will soon be hosting a “Lime Grades & Standards Training Day,” discussing differences between lime grades, determining color, as well as identifying common defects

The first portion of the day will include a morning session with a classroom-style element, followed by afternoon visits to local warehouses, where attendees will be able to see the impact of different lighting conditions on the coloration of the limes.

Attendees will also receive a packet with reference materials covered during the course. For more information or to RSVP, visit www.texipa.org, email [email protected], or contact the TIPA offices at 956-581-8632.

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