Hazel Tech® Partners With Symms Fruit
CHICAGO, IL - Two industry names are joining forces to continue driving forward quality in fresh produce. Recently announcing their partnership, Symms Fruit Ranch has teamed up with Hazel Technologies, the USDA-funded technology company known for its solutions to extend shelf-life, increase sales, and fight food waste. Together, the pair will focus on the use of Hazel Tech® products for apples to ensure premium post-harvest quality.
“Hazel Tech is committed to expanding our current industry-leading technology portfolio,” said Aidan Mouat, CEO, Hazel Technologies Inc. “Partnering with global leaders like Symms Fruit allows us to positively impact quality across the supply chain, provide effective solutions, and reduce waste from field to fork.”
Symms Fruit’s diverse farming operation spans over 5,000 acres, creating a unique opportunity to integrate Hazel Tech’s fruit quality protection solutions. According to a press release, to protect quality of fruit in bins followinig harvest, Symms utilized Hazel 100™ bin sachets.
Additionally, during the storage process, the grower used Hazel Datica™ hardware provided 1-MCP, ethylene production levels, temperature, and humidity monitoring of the cold storage rooms.
“Grower-Packers from Washington State to California have used Hazel 100™ successfully with their summer seasonal programs,” commented Deidre Baumgarten, PNW Account Executive, Hazel Technologies, Inc. “Some of the benefits of using Hazel Tech products specifically with apples and stonefruits include maintaining color and firmness and ensuring optimum quality during storage and long-distance transit."
Through using Hazel 100 bin sachets, Symms Fruit’s 2020 apple quality improved notably.
“The ease of use of adding Hazel’s sachets to the apple bins before storage created real value. With the bin sachets we could protect the fruit faster,” commented Dar Symms, President of Symms Fruit.
As Symms Fruit and other industry partners continue to utilize Hazel Tech’s innovative solutions products, AndNowUKnow will report on the latest.