Hazel Technologies Inc., Chicago, recently completed a trial of its shelf life extension technology on melons in the San Joaquin Valley in California.
Dan Andrew Farms LLC, Bakersfield, Calif., partnered with the company, using Hazel Melon in cantaloupe containers shipped to Hong Kong, according to a news release.
The feedback was positive, according to the release.
Hazel Technologies CEO and co-founder Aidan Mouat said Asia is the second-largest export market for fresh fruit from the U.S., behind Canada.
“We are excited to partner with a well-established grower and shipper, like Dan Andrews Farms, to show Hazel Melon as a proven solution for expanding melon exports, reducing food waste, and ultimately increasing sales with better arrival quality,” Mouat said in the release.
The company has developed products for honeydew, cantaloupe and specialty melons, specifically to prevent fungal growth for products that will be in transit to export markets for several weeks.
Hazel products reduce respiration rate and increases the fruit’s resistance to ethylene, protecting produce throughout the supply chain, according to the release.
“We are thrilled to partner with Hazel and to consider expanding our export program with better control of product arrivals.” Dan Andrews, owner of Dan Andrews Farms, said in the release.