Ag tech firm expands produce fresh solutions in California

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. announced the expansion of its SmartFresh™ Inbox in California with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (CDPR) approval for a range of new crops. It offers powerful protection in a small, portable sachet, expanding the availability of its technology for growers, packers and retailers who either don’t have an airtight room or require a more convenient option. 

SmartFresh InBox, now registered in California on pome fruits (apples and pears), stone fruits (peaches and plums), kiwi and avocados, uses SmartFresh (1-MCP) ethylene management technology to delay the ripening process and helps maintain post-harvest produce quality and freshness. The sachets are easy to apply and handle, offering effective protection against internal and external threats to freshness, resulting in increased shelf life and reduced levels of food loss and waste. 

Twenty years ago AgroFresh introduced SmartFresh, which is now being used in more than 25,000 fruit storage rooms worldwide after being introduced 20 years ago. Since then, the company has grown with seven innovation centers on four continents in key fruit-growing regions. It has also introduced a full portfolio of post-harvest freshness solutions for growers and packers around the world. 

SmartFresh InBox is now registered in California on pome fruits (apples and pears), stone fruits (peaches and plums), kiwi and avocados.

“We are driven by a spirit of innovation and customer service and we are delighted to be able to bring this to more U.S. customers,” said Michael Hamby, chief commercial officer. “In the fight against food loss and waste, it is essential to make better solutions more accessible to our customers. This product offers a convenient, flexible and easy-to-use application process that will help bring the high-quality fruit to market.” 

“California is the largest and most diverse fruit growing region in the U.S. and our customers there need more flexible application methods and products to help preserve and protect the crops they oversee,” said Sarah Enescu, commercial business director. “We are excited to bring our full portfolio of solutions, services and application methods to our customers.”  

SmartFresh InBox is part of the SmartFresh Quality System which provides produce freshness solutions for produce operations of all sizes. Its portfolio also includes plant-based coatings and digital solutions such as FreshCloud that help improve quality and reduce waste across the supply chain from harvest to home. 

Always read the label before use. Refer to the California DPR website or the commercial label for the details on the registered uses. 

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Mary Roberts

Sarah Enescu

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