Hazel Technologies’ extends shelf-life for table grapes from Peru and beyond
CHICAGO, IL October 13, 2023 – Hazel Technologies, a pioneering agricultural technology company specializing in shelf-life extension solutions, is pleased to announce the successful registration of its flagship product, Hazel 100, in Peru. This strategic expansion comes at a pivotal time in the industry, driven by increased demand for Peruvian table grapes in the United States following the impact of Hurricane Hillary in California.
Peru's export of table grapes has experienced a consistent upward trend since 2017, positioning the country as the world's largest exporter in this category. From 2022 to 2023, Peru exported over 70 million 8.2 kg boxes, a 10% increase compared to the preceding year. Building on Peru's significant growth in grape exports, Hazel's cutting-edge solution emerges to enhance South American table grapes' quality and shelf life through a unique and straightforward application method.
Hazel 100 is a small sachet containing the active ingredient 1-MCP, designed for optimal time-release treatment of postharvest crops. This revolutionary product simplifies the process with a one-step application: placing the sachet directly into the produce case. Once Hazel 100 is implemented, it slowly releases 1-MCP and delays stem browning by mitigating senescence due to exposure to ethylene, resulting in greener stem tissue.
Hazel 100 is a game-changer in postharvest crop preservation, and its benefits extend far beyond simplifying the treatment process. The 1-MCP active ingredient is the key to providing retail customers with a better-quality product to turn around and sell, creating more opportunities to grow their business.
Tommy Caruana, Director of Business Development for Retail at Hazel Technologies, describes, “the ease of use and the impressive results of Hazel 100 create a win-win situation for both retailers and customers, making it a must-have for postharvest crop management strategies. For retailers, this translates into increased sales and customer satisfaction. With Hazel 100, customers are more likely to choose and purchase produce, confident that it will stay fresh for an extended period at home.”
Hazel Technologies has a dedicated team in Peru, collaborating closely with local growers. With the successful completion of the registration process for Hazel 100, the company will continue to expand its operations on a global scale.
Aline Perales, Hazel Technologies' Commercial Business Development Manager, describes, "Hazel 100 has been shown to help growers have more marketable fruit. Hazel 100 sachets can be a good tool, especially to use on premium quality grapes to have better arrivals and thus premium returns."
Visit Hazel Technologies’ booth #4057 at the International Fresh Produce Association Global Produce & Floral Show in Anaheim, October 19-21 to speak with Hazel Agtech experts and learn more about their technology.
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About Hazel Technologies, Inc.:
Hazel Technologies, Inc. is a USDA-funded startup company that develops new solutions to extend the quality shelf life of fresh produce and reduce food waste. Founded in 2015, Hazel Tech services over 300 of the world’s largest fresh produce packers, shippers, and retailers. Selected as a Finalist for Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas and winner of “Best Sustainable Packaging” at the 2020 World Food Innovation Awards, the company’s patented and patent-pending technologies have been tested by top academic research programs.
To learn more about how Hazel 100 works with table grapes, visit www.hazeltechnologies.com.
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