Hazel Technologies announces Illume Agriculture®, a vertically integrated company operating more than 10,000 acres of high-value permanent crop assets including table grapes, almonds, pistachios and bulk wine grapes globally, will utilize Hazel™ during its 2021 table grape season. With its use of Hazel, Illume will ensure the highest possible quality arrivals and consumer experience for customers in countries around the world, including the United States, Australia, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
Illume is dedicated to planting and growing proprietary varieties created by produce breeding companies that are in high market demand. Trials with Hazel Tech® yielded positive results including better overall quality and greener stems, with improved storage life under transit and warehouse conditions. For the 2021 season, Illume has invested in enough of Hazel Tech’s flagship technology, Hazel 100™, to protect millions of pounds of produce.
Left to right: Kevin Andrew, Aidan Mouat
"In 2020 we trialed Hazel 100 on some of our highest demand varieties like Sweet Globe™ and Autumn Crisp™," said Kevin Andrew, senior vice-president, table grape operations at Illume Agriculture. “We saw truly promising results during our 2020 trial and decided Hazel was the right fit for a very large percentage of our table grapes. We look forward to incorporating Hazel into our operations this season.”
“New varieties have invigorated the industry in recent years but sometimes have quality limitations. Illume Agriculture understands flavor and quality are two of the most important factors for consumers, and they have invested in Hazel to fully achieve both goals,” said Aidan Mouat, CEO, Hazel Technologies. “Hazel 100 is a unique, easy to use and a powerful quality solution for table grapes that also offers a more environmentally friendly footprint.”