AgroFresh Announces Camposol Will Adopt VitaFresh™ Botanicals Coatings to Preserve Avocados
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AgroFresh Solutions has taken on a new partner, recently announcing that Camposol has adopted its VitaFresh™ Botanicals plant-based, edible coatings to increase the shelf life of the grower’s avocados.
“This new strategic relationship represents another step forward in AgroFresh’s decades-long commitment to providing innovative solutions to help our customers extend produce shelf life and deliver superior eating experiences to consumers,” said AgroFresh CEO Jordi Ferre. “It also represents a major step in our diversification efforts. By using AgroFresh’s VitaFresh Botanicals coatings, Camposol can extend the shelf life of its ripened avocados, improve produce quality throughout their supply chain, and enable retailers to sell more great tasting, ready-to-buy and ready-to-eat avocados.”
According to a release, VitaFresh Botanicals is a proprietary, plant-based portfolio of solutions for a wide variety of crops including avocados, citrus, and mangos. The way that it works is that its coating range utilizes “anti-thirst” technology to boost the skin’s natural protection, creating a “double skin” membrane that reduces dehydration, maintains weight, and locks in produce freshness throughout the supply chain.
Camposol is using the solution to help expand and grow its business with European, American, and Chinese retailers.
“After evaluating multiple options on the market and conducting extensive trials, we chose AgroFresh and VitaFresh Botanicals because of their ability to achieve the technical performance and efficacy that we needed,” said José Antonio Gómez Bazán, Managing Director, Camposol International. “What’s more, as a global company, AgroFresh can support our global expansion and offer the post-harvest expertise and in-depth technical and R&D support that we need to attain our business objectives.”
By using the VitaFresh Botanicals coatings, Camposol’s ripened avocados will have an added two to four days of extended shelf life after arriving at retail locations, which will help reduce retail food waste and potentially generate up to 200 percent retailer ROI, as noted in the release.
In order to apply the coatings, Camposol will install AgroFresh’s Control-Tec™ Applicator equipment in its European and U.S. facilities, with plans to add equipment in China. The coatings are sustainable and created using certified ISO 14001 “environmental management system” standards.
A member of GLOBALG.A.P., an organization that promotes safe, responsible, and transparent farming for a sustainable future, AgroFresh hopes to continue to create new opportunities for retailers to offer fresh produce.
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