Hazel Technologies Reports Successful Trial With Vanguard International; Aidan Mouat and Manuel Yzaga Share Insights
CHICAGO, IL - Worlds collide when the globes within a bunch of fresh table grapes bring two separate organizations together. Such is the case with Hazel Technologies’ most recent collaboration with Vanguard International. During the grower’s 2020–2021 Peru season, it successfully trialed Hazel Tech’s proprietary technology and observed visual quality benefits across its tested varieties.
“One of the most difficult aspects of importing and exporting produce is ensuring that the premium quality is matched at its destination,” commented Aidan Mouat, Chief Executive Officer, Hazel Technologies. “Vanguard saw that Hazel 100™ is a powerful quality solution for table grapes that is simple to integrate into their supply chain. We are excited to help this critical market in the future with their quality protection and to increase the sustainability of imported and exported table grapes.”
Looking ahead, Hazel plans to work directly with Vanguard Peru, which is considered a sought-after supplier of proprietary grape varieties including Sweet Celebration™, Sweet Globe™, Jack’s Salute™, and Autumn Crisp™.
According to a press release, during the 2020-21 season Vanguard was one of Peru’s top five exporters, exporting over 2.9 million boxes, which is an 87 percent increase from the 2019–20 season. To support this growth, Vanguard sought out a solution that would protect the quality of its table grape shipments as they travel from its farms in Ica to consumers across the globe. The company encountered Hazel’s flagship technology, Hazel 100, in 2019 and trialed the product during the 2020–21 season. Vanguard International’s Chief Executive Officer, Craig Stauffer, noted improved quality at arrival.
"At Vanguard, we are committed to being an innovation leader,” commented Manuel Yzaga, Chief Executive Officer, Vanguard Peru. “After testing Hazel 100 on our grapes and seeing greener stems upon arrival to our export destinations, we knew that our mission and Hazel’s aligned. We look forward to the opportunity to have Hazel products protect our premium table grapes.”
Cheers to another successful Hazel Tech initiative in the table grape category!