Hazel Technologies Inc. announces a new partnership with Caldwell, ID-based Symms Fruit Ranch, a longtime grower of apples, peaches, cherries and other fresh produce.
The partnership focuses on using Hazel Tech products for apples to ensure premium post-harvest quality. Symms Fruit’s scale and diverse farming operation spanning more than 5,000 acres creates a unique opportunity to integrate fruit quality protection technology. To protect the quality of fruit in bins following harvest, Symms used the Hazel 100™ bin sachet. During the storage process, Hazel Datica™ hardware provided 1-MCP, ethylene production levels, temperature and humidity monitoring of the cold storage rooms.
Left: Dar Symms; right: Deidre Baumgarten.
Symms Fruit’s 2020 apple quality notably improved from utilizing Hazel 100™ bin sachets. “The ease of use of adding Hazel’s sachets to the apple bins before storage created real value. With the bin sachets we could protect the fruit faster,” said Dar Symms, president of Symms Fruit.
“Grower-packers from Washington State to California have used Hazel 100™ successfully with their summer seasonal programs,” said Deidre Baumgarten, PNW account executive, Hazel Technologies, Inc. “Some of the benefits of using Hazel Tech products specifically with apples and stone fruit include maintaining color and firmness and ensuring optimum quality during storage and long-distance transit."
Left: Aidan Mouat; right: Hazel's 100 bin sachet in an apple bin.
“Hazel Tech is committed to expanding our current technology portfolio,” said Aidan Mouat, CEO, Hazel Technologies Inc. “Partnering with growers like Symms Fruit allows us to positively impact quality across the supply chain, provide effective solutions and reduce waste from field to fork.”