About Fruit Dynamics
Fruit Dynamics opened its doors in 2003, thanks to the vision of principal Kim Gaarde. Kim’s first goal at Fruit Dynamics was to undertake the research and development necessary to make fresh cut-stonefruit a reality. The industry had made a feeble attempt, but said it wasn’t possible. Kim wasn’t much for a “can’t be done” answer so her work began. What Kim quickly came to understand were the nuances of the various varieties (over 500 to be exact) that made fresh cut peaches and nectarines so different from other fresh cut fruits like apples or melons or pineapples.
Her experience in applied science and work in varietal analysis worked toward building a unique varietal ranking system, the Fruit Dynamics Index, that incorporated cultural practices, storage and handling requirements and consumer preference. This experience then spilled over into additional lab based research in fruit quality analysis and evaluation for multiple fruits, product and packaging development and post-harvest research and development applications.
Kim and her team, along with sister companies Gaarde Foodsource and Pangaea Cultivar Management are passionate about developing applied knowledge and excellence in plant breeding, fruit production and food processing that enhance the end-user experience.
“…Thanks to their dedication and ‘out of the box’ thinking, Fruit Dynamics has become a valuable asset for the industry. Thanks to their work on our project…the industry was able to remove an antiquated state government standard and has put additional dollars back into the growers’ pocket. Fruit Dynamics is a leader and an innovator for the agricultural industry.”
Alexander Ott, California Apple Association
“…I am glad to recommend Fruit Dynamics as experts in the fresh cut industry. They provided quality service of laboratory trials and shelf life tests. The communication and reporting was excellent. They were always available for meetings, they provided quality presentations and they actively answered any query we might have.”
Gosia Boratyn, SPC Ardmona
“…Fruit Dynamics jumps right in to understand the project, share their experiences and brainstorm the best technical approach for the project. Their collaborative process, along with their intuitive nature has been invaluable to my R&D project. During the course of the project I’ve found them to be not only experienced, but resourceful. They work to find both realistic and affordable solutions for commercial application – all while maintaining the integrity and intellectual property of the project.”
Melinda Goodman, Copper Penny Marketing
News & Engagements
The Packer, August 6, 2013: "Fresh Fruit Cuts to Offer Cut Stonefruit"
The Packer, September 14, 2010: “Fruit Dynamics makes Fresh Cut Stone Fruit Possible
Fresh Cut Magazine, September 2, 2010: “Fresh Cut Stone Fruit”
ABC 30 Live Ag Report, September 2, 2010: “New Method to Cut Peaches and Nectarines”
The Fresno Bee, July 17, 2010: “Engineering a Fruitful Future”
The Packer, August 24, 2009: “Fruit Dynamics set new stone fruit standards”
Speaker,2nd Annual Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee, June 20, 2009, Clovis, California: “The Future of Fruit”
National Public Radio, KVPR: June 4, 2009, Fresno, California, Radio Guest: “Down on the Farm”
Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association: Southeast Peach Convention, Speaker, January 13, 2008, Savannah, Georgia: “Considerations for Fruit Marketing”
Fresh Cut Magazine, July 2006: “Demand for fresh-cut organics growing in retail and foodservice”
Western Colorado Horticultural Society 60th Annual Convention, Speaker, January 17, 2003, Grand Junction, Colorado: “Stone Fruit Flavor: A Progress Report”