Woburn, Mass.-based Primaira LLC manufactures the trademarked Bluezone fresh preservation technology it initially developed for U.S. Army applications.
The units require limited space and power and can be easily mounted in varying setups, Patti said.
Once treated, the unit exhausts the air back into the refrigerated container.
King said the systems should help the Navy encourage sailors to place more fresh fruits and vegetables on their plate.
He said the Navy is also trying to encourage operations to provide more fresh produce as “grab and go” items to promote healthy snacking for crew members.
King said the Navy handles large volumes of produce. Last year, it served 92 million meals through its $424 million foodservice budget.
He said the Navy purchases fresh products from markets all over the world.