It’s been 20 years ago since Carrier Transicold introduced EverFRESH, the industry’s first totally integrated controlled atmosphere system. Now the company is rolling out a new product that improves on the original.

Like EverFRESH, which controls oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in shipping containers, XtendFRESH also removes ethylene.

“XtendFRESH is the only controlled atmosphere system that manages all three,” said John Shaw, public relations and communications manager for Carrier Transicold.

That trifecta means longer shelf life, slower ripening, the opportunity to ship product longer distances while maintaining optimum quality, he said.

Shaw said XtendFRESH not only does more to extend the life of produce, it comes at a more affordable price.

”The technology has evolved, and the design is more simple, easier to install and easier to operate,” he said.

Oxygen and carbon dioxide levels can be set to provide ideal results for a given commodity, including apples, avocados, bananas, cantaloupe, kiwifruit, mangoes, peaches, pears, pineapples and plums.

The system uses a patented, self-regenerating activated-carbon scrubber assembly to actively control oxygen and carbon dioxide and remove ethylene. An automated, on-demand fresh-air ventilation system helps maintain the optimum oxygen level for the specific commodity being shipped. The result is that produce can spend longer times in transit.

Shaw said XtendFRESH can be retrofitted to existing containers, and it can be incorporated in new units.

He also said EverFRESH still remains on the market for shippers who wish to continue using it.