Hazel extending mango shelf life by three weeks
Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-funded technology company delivering new solutions for fresh produce to extend shelf-life, increase sales, and fight food waste, announced a new partnership with FLP of Peru SAC, a leading exporter of mango in Peru. The partnership focuses on the use of Hazel for Mango in the coming 2020-21 season following nearly one year of trials.
Hazel for Mango is a small sachet placed in a carton of mango, which reduces the respiration rate and ethylene sensitivity of the fruit, extending shelf-life and reducing food waste. For Peruvian exporters sending mango to demanding markets in Asia, Europe and North America, post-harvest quality and shelf-life have critical importance.
FLP of Peru, founded in 2000, is part of the FLP group of companies with additional headquarters in Colombia and Ecuador and founded by Néstor and Camilo Gutiérrez in 1986. FLP of Peru employs over 2,500 people, and primarily focuses on providing premium quality Kent mango to demanding markets such as The Netherlands, Germany, Spain and France. According to company management, FLP is the fifth-largest mango exporter in Peru.
“In our testing with Hazel for Mango last season we observed significant results, extending Kent mango shelf life by more than 21 days,” said Alberto Irazola, manager at FLP Peru. “In order to stay competitive in the global market, the highest quality is necessary. Hazel for Mango is an easy to use solution that helps us accomplish our highest quality standards.”
“Mango is one of the most consumed fruits in the world, and production is growing at an unprecedented rate in Peru,” said Aidan Mouat, CEO of Hazel Technologies. “Our partnership with FLP symbolizes our commitment to reduce food waste on a global scale beyond North America.”
“Peru has grown quickly to become the third largest exporter of mango in the world. Hazel Tech’s easy to use solution allows both the largest exporters like FLP and also small family farms in Peru to extend shelf life, increase sales, and reduce food waste,” said Martin Roeder, LATAM sales manager of Hazel Technologies Inc.