The Japanese company Sumitomo Chemical recently launched their fruit ripening inhibitor Fysium (1-MCP) on the Brazilian market. The harvest of Brazilian apples begins in February and the season continues until May. Major production areas are in the south in Rio Grande and Santa Catarina.
The Japanese company have launched their product now to meet the requirements of apple traders who are still harvesting their apples. The weather conditions are great at the moment and the product quality looks good. People in the industry expect a generous profit margin.
Fysium can help keep apples fresh in storage and maintain product quality for a longer period of time. The Brazilian apple harvest will only last for three more months. This product can help extend the sales season and help traders supply top-quality apples all year round. Fysium extends the supply season, makes sales more flexible, and helps to widen the profit margin.
Fysium is the first product in a series of post-harvest management products that Sumitomo Chemical plans to release in Brazil in the next few years. In addition to apples, the company is also focused on other agricultural products such as grapes and vegetables. Their products are already widely used in other countries, including countries in Europe, Latin America, South Africa, Australia, and the USA.
Source: Fruit Critic [Guo Ping Jia]