Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-funded technology company delivering new solutions for fresh produce to extend shelf-life, increase sales, and fight food waste, announced it will be supporting New Zealand-based Zespri International, the world’s largest marketer of kiwifruit, through the commercial launch of Hazel™ Trex, a new technology brought to market by Hazel designed to improve kiwifruit orchard performance and increasing orchard efficiency.
The technology works by providing guidance on the best timing for orchard management practices. Trial data indicates a benefit of using Hazel Trex on traditional Hayward and “Gold” kiwifruit orchards. Grower block trials have indicated that increases in king flower production of approximately 15% can be achieved in Hayward when using Hazel Trex.
“We are pleased to have the Hazel Trex test available to Zespri growers this season. Through Zespri Innovation trials, we have demonstrated that this technology can be used to optimize orchard practices to improve budbreak and flowering results,” says Dr. Mary Black, Innovation Team Leader for Orchard Productivity at Zespri International. “We believe growers can use this technology to optimize the timing of budbreak enhancers, therefore improving the performance of their orchards,” Dr. Black says.
Right: Dr. Mary Black
“We are thrilled to support Zespri in the kiwifruit industry by making this innovative technology available,” said Adam Preslar, CTO at Hazel Technologies, Inc. “Hazel is truly committed to improving fresh produce quality, reducing waste, and increasing sales from seed to shelf.”
Right: Adam Preslar.