AgroFresh Expands Fields Support: Adding Two New Service Centers
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AgroFresh Solutions is delving into even further growth this year, with two new service centers and 50 new seasonal workers at the helm. The company says these additions will help enable more apple and pear growers to gain the fruit quality benefits of its Harvista™ pre-harvest 1-Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) technology and SmartFresh™ post-harvest 1-MCP technology.
"Our service centers are logistical focal points for coordinating product supplies and application services," said Edgardo Castaneda, Vice President of Operations for AgroFresh. "These two new locations will help us manage customer needs more effectively throughout the upcoming season."
The new service centers will be built in Sparta, Michigan, and Bologna, Italy, joining the following existing ones:
- Yakima, Washington
- Curico, Chile
- Lleida, Spain
AgroFresh’s Wenatchee, Washington, Technical Center, which is the hub for orchard research and development efforts, also supports service activities, according to a press release.
"With a global strategy in place to grow the AgroFresh presence and to address the increased demand worldwide, we now have the necessary resources in place to enable our customers to gain the highest possible quality and value from their crops,” Castaneda continued.
The company’s technologies, Harvista and SmartFresh, both allow for increased quality of fruit. The former allows growers to pick fruit at peak quality for greater yield and value, the company says, while the latter enables growers to protect fruit quality and value during storage, packing, and shipping.
Just this past June, AgroFresh announced the availability of a new fleet of tractor-pulled ground sprayers to facilitate the self-application of Harvista by growers in the U.S. and optimize its performance based on their individual harvest timing needs.
Castaneda included, ”By adding 48 ground sprayers to our global field operations, we have the ability to apply Harvista on up to 20,000 more acres. This means more growers can harvest apples with the color, crunch and taste that consumers prefer.”
If you’d like to learn even more information about the company’s recent growth, visit AgroFresh.com or contact your local AgroFresh representative.