From farm to fork

Sysco tracks its produce and records precise information about the product's condition from the moment it leaves the farm to the instant a customer takes delivery. Here's a look at the life of a head of lettuce once it is farmed.

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Lettuce from a Sysco-approved field near Salinas, Calif., is harvested. The temperature of the vegetable pulp ranges from 46° to 60°F.

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Last updated May 27 2009: 9:11 AM ET
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