Verdant Technologies has brought on postharvest life extension scientist Todd Edgington as its newest executive team member. Edgington’s responsibilities as vice-president of product will include planning and management of Verdant products throughout their life cycle, serving as a resource to growers and bridging the gap between Verdant’s innovation arm and its commercial enterprise.
“We are delighted to have Todd Edgington on the Verdant team,” says Gordon Robertson, Verdant president. “He comes to us with substantial product and technical marketing experience on a global level with some of the largest organizations in the food and food preservation industries. His skills and experience will be a tremendous boon to expanding our commercialization of unique produce and floral life-extension products.”
Prior to Verdant, Edgington led major product initiatives at Agrofresh, Chemtura AgroSolutions, BASF and Syngenta and holds a Master’s degree in Horticulture/Postharvest Physiology/Microbiology from Washington State University. He began work with Verdant on March 15th.
“It is truly a shame how much food is wasted globally, and our population is growing rapidly. What excites me most about joining Verdant is the positive impact we can make on wastage and getting fresh produce to people with limited or no access – and accomplishing this in a sustainable way,” said Edgington. “My goal is to uncover challenges throughout the supply chain from planting to the retail shelf and help ensure consumers have the best eating experience with their products.”
The addition of this critical role occurs as Verdant enters international markets with HarvestHold, its 1-MCP technology life extension solution for fruits, vegetables and flowers. Broccoli, cantaloupe melons and tomatoes will be the first crops targeted with growers and distributors. Verdant has also demonstrated promising preliminary results on papayas and avocados. Additionally, Verdant will continue to focus on cut flowers and potted plants, working with its partner Chrysal International and its distribution network.
“I look forward to helping Verdant reach the full potential of its HarvestHold brand across the global marketplace,” said Edgington. “The power of our technology offers to be a game changer in the produce and floral value chain. 1-MCP has been on the market for years and brought value to the apple and pear markets. Verdant has successfully developed novel technology that overcomes significant logistics and application challenges, opening up possibilities for treatment on a wider variety of crops.”
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