The French Ministry of Agriculture approved the use of the SmartFresh™ post-harvest technology by AgroFresh on melons. France is one of the top growers of melons in Europe.
“AgroFresh is committed to invest in research to expand the benefits of SmartFresh technology to new crop segments,” said Jean Christophe Leterme, Commercial Director for AgroFresh in France. “With the recent approval for melons, French suppliers will now have the tools to provide more high-quality fruit to the consumers.” Melon growers in other major producing countries in Europe shall benefit of registrations soon.
Melon is indeed a highly perishable produce representing important challenges for the supply chain. The post-harvest technology SmartFresh protect the melons from the negative effects of ethylene and maintains the just harvested quality. Significant differences in pulp firmness, peel appearance and overall freshness was demonstrated on Charentais melons in customer trials using SmartFresh compared to control ones.
SmartFresh SmartTabs and ProTabs, two different modes of delivery for SmartFresh technology, provide convenient ways to apply it in existing storage rooms or in-transit situations.
SmartFresh is also registered for use on a wide range of crops such as apples & pears, stone fruit, kiwifruit, tomatoes and bananas in France.