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Partnership creates a more sustainable avocado supply chain

Every delicious avocado deserves a chance to sit atop a golden slice of toast, enter the mix of a creamy bowl of guacamole or become the perfect addition to a sumptuous salad. A new partnership between Index Fresh and Apeel will create even more happy endings for avocados by preserving freshness for consumers, creating more consistent quality and reducing food waste in the global supply chain along the way.

Grower-owned Index Fresh has prided itself on fruit quality since 1914 — “fresh” is in its name. Apeel is at the leading edge of a freshness revolution with its plant-based protective “peel” that keeps moisture in and oxygen out. Treating Index Fresh avocados with Apeel’s patented technology preserves flavor and nutrition and ultimately helps prevent fruit from entering the wastestream.

According to John Dmytriw, vice president of business development for Index Fresh, the new partnership is about elevating the product and relationships. “Anyone can sell someone an avocado once,” he said. “At Index, we don’t define our success with clients by packages sold. We define success by the amount of time we’ve been working together. Ensuring best-in-class quality and consistency is a recipe for creating lasting relationships.”

Apeel, located in Santa Barbara, CA, has been working with Index Fresh in the avocado space for three years over which time the two companies have grown their alignment and cemented a mutually beneficial partnership. Fruit coated with plant-based Apeel remains fresh twice as long as non-Apeel fruit, making it ready-to-eat for longer and far less likely to be discarded along the way. It works by retaining moisture and protecting against oxygen entering the fruit, two of the primary factors that cause spoilage. The added protection enables produce to withstand environmental stressors in a way that helps maintain the full flavor consumers should be able to count on.

As a global leader in avocado distribution, Index Fresh is always innovating with an eye toward providing clients what they want by embracing new technologies. Index Fresh President and CEO Steve Roodzant said, “When our customers talk, we listen. Blocking and tackling for customers is our specialty.”

Index Fresh will continue to provide its clients a full spectrum of choices in its go-to-market business strategy by continuing to offer both Apeel fruit alongside its traditional top-quality avocados. “Index Fresh is a yes company," said Todd Elder, vice president of sales and marketing at Index Fresh. "We say yes to helping our clients every step of the way.”

 

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