“The cost is similar in the end, especially for smaller growers. The permits and equipment for a hot water treatment facility can limit a lot of growers because it’s a heavy investment,” he said.
Another aspect of the cost factor: price for freight and shipping.
Greg Golden, a partner and sales manager at Amazon Produce Network, Mullica Hill, N.J., said though he was impressed with the quality of some irradiated varieties, he decided not to continue with the process because of the airfreight and low volumes.
“We believe that if ocean freight becomes a possibility one day, with improved packaging allowing better ventilation and controlled-atmosphere containers or CA bags, that it may be a viable business,” he said.
Still, he’s hopeful for the future.
“The consumer would love these mangoes,” he said.