PHILADELPHIA--AgroFresh (NASDAQ: AGFS) has received approval from the Brazil Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply for the use of SmartFresh™ SmartTabs™ post-harvest technology on watermelons. Brazil is one of the top grower-exporters of melons, including watermelons.
“AgroFresh is committed to investing in research to expand the benefits of SmartFresh technology to new crop segments,” said Jeferson Nunes, Latin America Commercial Director for AgroFresh. “With the recent approval for watermelons, Brazilian suppliers will now have the tools to export more high-quality fruit to the growing European and Asian markets.”
Brazil exported 206,000 metric tons of melons in 2015. According to Abrafrutas, the Brazilian association of producers and exporters of fruit, the country is looking to continue to meet the increased international demand for tropical fruits, including melons. Technologies such as SmartFresh are important for delivering consistent quality and supply of fruit to market.
SmartFresh is a post-harvest application of 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP), which inhibits ethylene recognition in fruit, maintaining the quality and taste consumers prefer from storage to transportation and consumption. SmartTabs, one of three modes of delivery for SmartFresh technology, provides a convenient way to apply it in existing storage rooms or containers.
SmartFresh also is registered for use on apples, avocados, bananas, limes, guavas, mangoes, plums, persimmons, tomatoes, papayas and kiwifruit in Brazil.
For more information, visit AgroFresh.com or contact your local AgroFresh representative.
AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGFS) is a global horticultural produce industry leader, providing a portfolio of innovative products and specialty services to maintain the freshness, quality and value of fresh produce and flowers. Its core products include SmartFresh™, the proven post-harvest freshness protection technology for produce; Harvista™, the advanced pre-harvest technology for apples and pears; RipeLock™, the innovative post-harvest quality system for bananas; and LandSpring™, an innovative pre-planting transplant shock reduction application for tomatoes and peppers. AgroFresh currently operates commercially in more than 40 countries and employs more than 170 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.AgroFresh.com.
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