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“Post-harvest innovations boost the stone fruit market”

AgroFresh Solutions Inc, a key player in the post-harvest solutions sector, is committed to facilitating the fresh produce trade at every stage, helping clients produce fresh produce in quantity, sustainability and quality. This commitment includes investment in research, development and innovation to provide the market with environmentally-friendly solutions and ongoing technological innovations and applications.

VitaFreshTM Botanicals SoftFruit
A concrete example of a solution is VitaFreshTM Botanicals SoftFruit. "It is an ideal post-harvest coating for products with sensitive skin, such as stone fruits. Formulated from sunflower (Helianthus sp.), it helps reinforce fruit protection in a natural way, creating a 'double skin' that helps maintain freshness throughout the supply chain. One of its key benefits is reduced weight loss, with results of 10% and 5% for nectarines and plums respectively, after 20 days of storage. It also improves the external appearance of the fruit, reducing the development of skin diseases. Additionally, this solution covers the fruit uniformly, with a highly concentrated formulation that offers operational efficiency, with more tons treated per liter used. VitaFresh Botanicals SoftFruit is also certified vegan by the European Vegetarian Union," according to Agrofresh.

Results for nectarines in Spain.

This plant-based coating completes AgroFresh's portfolio of solutions for stone fruit. "SmartFreshTM is 1-MCP's original technology recognized for maintaining quality during storage, packaging and transportation to deliver optimum quality to the consumer. It delays ripening, reduces the effects of cold damage on stone fruit, preserves overall quality and appearance, maintains skin and flesh acidity, juiciness and color, and significantly reduces waste."

Another key solution is ScholarTM, "the ultimate stone fruit ally for post-harvest rot control, preventing the main diseases caused by fungi such as Monilia sp., Botrytis sp., Colletotrichum sp., Penicillium sp. and Rhizopus sp. Its use, combined with SmartFreshTM, ensures long product shelf-life at optimum quality."

Finally, FreshCloudTM is AgroFresh's digital platform, a platform that "owes its success to its customization capabilities, as well as its ease of adaptation to the needs of each client and each crop. This way, FreshCloud™ Inspection brings precision and consistency to quality inspections, generating reports with real-time data that improve decision-making and internal communication on farms."

"At AgroFresh, we are committed to providing our clients with the most innovative and effective solutions for maintaining stone fruit quality. Our varied catalog of products and services enables growers and packers to be more efficient at every stage of the production process," explains Joachim Duus, director of research and development at EURME. "We are proud to be a trusted partner to the sector, and we are committed to helping our clients succeed."

"Contact your regulatory agency or local AgroFresh account manager to determine which products are registered for sale or marketing in your area. Always read, understand and follow the instructions on the label of the registered product."

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