The goals of the trial, according to a news release, were to achieve greener stems with no signs of shriveled grapes, and to maintain superior storage life during and in warehouses.
When the grapes arrived, they had a crisper texture with stems that showed no signs of dehydration, according to the release. The stems were greener and looked stronger, and grapes maintained quality.
The results indicate that Hazel sachets are effective on varieties with drier stems, but more studies are needed to explore broader applications of Hazel Tech products. Other trials could focus on the effectiveness while fruit is in storage and at the store.
“The success of this trial is a reflection of our ongoing, focused efforts in being first to market with pioneering technology that adds tangible value to retailers and consumers alike,” Patricio Mendoza, Oppy’s national quality control manager, said in the release.
The trial used pallets of grapes shipped from South America to Los Angeles. Some pallets were treated with Hazel Tech sachets, with others as the control group.
Oppy has conducted other trials with Hazel Technology, including kiwifruit, that was in conjunction with a University of California-Davis study.
“Our Hazel for grape partnership with Oppy, the largest importer of South American grapes, demonstrates how impactful our technologies can be in improving sales, reducing food waste, and providing a better eating experience across the globe for consumers of fresh table grapes,” Aidan Mouat, CEO of Hazel Technologies Inc., said in the release.