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Food waste solution launched for Hawaiian papayas

Hazel Technologies announces a partnership with Calavo Growers, a grower-shipper of fresh Hawaiian papaya, tomato and Hass avocados.

Papayas have become more popular in the U.S. in recent years with U.S. consumption doubling in the past decade. More than 75 percent of the papaya produced in Hawaii are marketed under the Calavo Gold® and Cole® brands. One major challenge limiting further growth is the short shelf life of papaya. Calavo has partnered with Hazel to ensure maximum papaya quality, unlock further expansion opportunities and reduce food waste.

In trials, Calavo observed reduced decay and delayed ripening when implementing Hazel 100™ sachets into its supply chain. Calavo’s expectation was improved arrival quality resulting in lower labor costs and less food waste so it implemented Hazel commercially with shipments of papayas sent by air and sea freight.

Right: Pat Flynn

“We were looking for an easy to integrate solution that would give us more time regardless of the harvest maturity,” said Brian Jameson, vice-president of fresh procurement, Calavo Growers, Inc. “With Hazel 100 sachets, we’re able to reduce cull rate, waste and retain quality of our papayas which is a great benefit. We provide fresh and flavorful papayas and by utilizing Hazel Tech, we’ll be able to provide more premium quality fruit to valued customers, continue to support Hawaiian agriculture and ensure our supply chain is as efficient as possible.”

“Our trial with Calavo is a perfect example of how Hazel easily fits into the existing supply chain to protect quality, reduce waste and increase profits,” said Pat Flynn, CMO, Hazel Technologies, “As we continue to work with Calavo, we look forward bringing easy-to-use solutions for longer-lasting papayas, avocados and tomatoes to consumers across the globe.”

For more information:
Jaime Kedrowski
Hazel Technologies Inc.
Tel: +1 (559) 321-2146 

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