AgroFresh and Zest Labs Collaborate for Comprehensive Freshness Management
- by Alexis Schreiber
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AgroFresh Solutions and Zest Labs have teamed up to enhance the companies' end-to-end solutions. AgroFresh will integrate Zest Labs’ Zest Fresh™ solution into its FreshCloud™ Transit Insights platform. The agreement will take advantage of both companies’ resources and strengths to provide customers with a comprehensive solution that improves operations, increases visibility into produce shelf life, and reduces food waste.
“As we continue to prioritize data and technology to enhance produce freshness and minimize food waste, this strategic collaboration will strengthen our existing portfolio, particularly our data-centric FreshCloud platform,” said Jordi Ferre, CEO of AgroFresh. “Zest Fresh is a natural fit with our FreshCloud Transit Insights solution and will accelerate the adoption of our technology to additional markets.”
According to a press release, AgroFresh’s FreshCloud platform is a data-backed, insights-driven solution for monitoring produce quality through the supply chain. The FreshCloud platform is able to predict produce freshness, quality, and optimal consumption timing.
For today’s produce industry, Zest Fresh is the post-harvest freshness management solution. Zest Fresh empowers seamless matching of the industry’s freshness needs with the actual produce freshness while monitoring adherence to the grower’s processes, by intelligently managing the handling and quality of each pallet of produce beginning in the field.
“AgroFresh’s offering of Zest Fresh is significant as they are a trusted global expert in post-harvest science with over 3,500 customers worldwide and can quickly expand Zest Fresh into new markets and with new types of fresh produce,” said Peter Mehring, CEO of Zest Labs. “Our collective science-based, data-driven solutions and shared market vision for ensuring delivered freshness and reducing food waste provide a foundation for a successful partnership.”
AgroFresh helps its customers preserve freshness, extend peak ripeness, maximize yield, and ultimately, prevent food waste with decades of experience and expertise in the science of produce freshness. Zest Fresh, provides analytics and freshness management expertise that will complement the AgroFresh FreshCloud platform by strengthening the end-to-end visibility of key freshness metrics through distribution.
AgroFresh will apply its industry expertise to offer the Zest Fresh pallet-level freshness management platform for fresh produce as part of its FreshCloud Transit Insights solution through this partnership. Zest Fresh, with its real-time data and predictive analytics capabilities provides growers, distributors, and retailers with autonomous, field-to-shelf product visibility that reduces waste and retail shrink up to 50 percent or more.
The expertise and insight embedded in AgroFresh’s FreshCloud solution will benefit more customers across more crops as a result of this collaboration.
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