Providing the equipment to ripen fresh produce is more than just a business to Catalytic Generators – it’s serving the public by providing them with ripe, ready-to-eat produce. “We want every shopper to be able to walk into their local grocer, need tropical fruit or tomatoes for a recipe, find them and purchase them,” said Greg Akins, president & CEO of Catalytic Generators.
DiMare has helped supply North America with ready-to-eat produce by using Catalytic Generators’ ethylene generators and Ethy-Gen® II Ripening Concentrate for ripening tomatoes, bananas and avocados.
The DiMare Company has helped supply North America with ready-to-eat produce by using Catalytic Generators’ ethylene generators and Ethy-Gen II Ripening Concentrate for ripening tomatoes, bananas and avocados for over 35 years. The DiMare Company is a 93-year-old vertically integrated produce company three generations deep that grows, packs, repacks and distributes produce items with growing operations in California and Florida. The DiMare Fresh side of the company is a nationwide network of repack/distribution facilities located in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
At their farm affiliated packing operations, DiMare solely ripens tomatoes. At repacking operations, the company primarily ripens bananas. “DiMare has trusted Catalytic Generators for its ripening services. We can rely on their ethylene generators for consistency, functionality and safety, as well as reliable service,” said Tony DiMare, vice-president of DiMare Companies.
DiMare uses both the Easy-Ripe® and Centralized Ripening System® (CRS) ethylene generators across their facilities. The Easy-Ripe ethylene generator is a portable solution that can move around the facility to a room ready for ripening. Pour in a litre bottle of Ethy-Gen II Ripening Concentrate and ethylene production begins. The Centralized Ripening System® produces continuous, consistent ethylene production for ripening and degreening in the form of a wall-mounted, narrow generator. Rather than transmit pressurized ethylene by pipe into each individual room, the system makes ethylene right inside the ripening room. Each CRS generator is connected to a pumping station of Ethy-Gen II and output levels can be easily controlled.
The Easy-Ripe® ethylene generator is a portable solution that can move around the facility to a room ready for ripening.
An adjustable ethylene output produces consistent, non-pressurized and safe ethylene levels for uniform ripening and degreening, and they can adapt to ethylene PPM requirements or room size. With the specially formulated liquid Ethy-Gen II, the generators make only as much ethylene as needed for a target room.
“Most of our repacking facilities are newer facilities, so we installed all CRS type systems in these operations when they were built for simplicity,” says DiMare.
Ethylene generators from the company are certified by both UL® and TÜV and Ethy-Gen II Ripening Concentrate ripening fluid passes the stringent requirements of US-EPA and UK-CRD.