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Ag tech firm opens global innovation center in Chile

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. a global agtech company that supplies solutions, digital technologies and services to enhance the quality and extend the shelf life of fresh produce, has opened a new global innovation center in Rancagua, Chile. The center will be staffed by researchers and operations teams and support growers, packers, shippers and retailers throughout Latin America with customized operational and technical support services and post-harvest solutions.  

Chile exports more than 2.6 million tons of fruit annually to more than 100 countries making it a top exporter of produce and fruit in the world. The country is also at the forefront of adopting new technology and crop production practices and has commercialized SmartFresh™, AgroFresh’s ethylene management solution, more than 20 years ago.

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc.'s new global innovation center in Rancagua, Chile.

The center will allow customers throughout the Latin American region to tap into the capabilities of AgroFresh’s scientific and operational experts who are dedicated to helping them improve pathogen protection, maintain fruit and vegetable quality, extend shelf life and minimize post-harvest loss and waste.  

“Operational and scientific excellence is the key to providing high-quality services for our customers and we’ll be better able to support the growing produce demand in the region,” says Edgardo Castaneda, vice-president of operations. “With its new state of the art research and lab capabilities and increased capacity, the innovation center will serve as a technical hub for the region and the globe.”  

The hub will also be home to post-harvest research and development scientists. AgroFresh will use the center to continue developing its produce freshness product and digital solutions, such as Harvista™, ActiMist™ and FreshCloud™.  The center will also support the Control-Tec ECO application equipment which has helped cherry customers in Chile reduce water usage by up to 60 percent during the packing process.   

“Serving customers and working together to build customized solutions to help protect produce throughout the supply chain is our top priority. We are excited to leverage these new capabilities and increased capacity to enable us to provide support to more customers and a wider variety of crops well into the future,” said Narciso Vivot, commercial director, Latin America.

The Rancagua center is one of AgroFresh’s seven such centers on four continents in key fruit growing regions. More than 40 scientists work together across the globe with universities, customers and research partners to analyze more than two million pieces of fruit each year.  

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Narciso Vivot  

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