LION RAISINS CALIFORNIA DOV RAISINS
DOV raisins have proven to meet the food safety concerns of our
customers, over that of tray-dried raisins, for the following reasons:
1. No stones.
2. No embedded grit.
3. No embedded sand.
4. No animal contamination.
5. No human contamination.
6. Fewer embedded stems.
With more than a century in the raisin business, we continue to lead our industry into the 21st century.
Not only with our state of the art production facility, but with our on
going efforts to produce cleaner and safer raisins, while lowering costs
to stay competitive in the world market. Lion Raisins is currently
producing raisins with the advanced technique of Dried-On-the Vine,
called DOV Raisins.
What are DOV raisins and how are they an improvement of the
traditional tray-dried raisins? At the UC Kearny Ag Center in Parlier,
CA starting in1965, researchers found that if the canes (part of the
vine where the grapes grow) were cut and allowed to dry, the resulting
raisins could be harvested by mechanical means.
The type of growing on overhead horizontal trellis as employed on
Lion vineyards leads to production of a higher quality, safer and
cleaner raisin, due to the grapes drying on the vine instead of paper
trays laying on the dirt between the rows of the vineyard. The latter
are subject to greater incidents of contamination from dirt, sand,
stones, rain, mold, insects and animals.
The overhead horizontal trellis system is alternating rows of
fruiting and non-fruiting middles. Vines in this system are trained so
the fruiting canes are placed in one row middle and the renewal or
non-fruiting shoots are trained to the next row middle. This is best
used for development of new vineyards. Lion leads our industry in the
planting of this growing and harvesting system.
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