QFresh Lab Joins Newly Expanded CEA Alliance; Jeff Brandenburg and Tom Stenzel Comment
MARINA, CA - We reported at the beginning of November that the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Food Safety Coalition had introduced a new association: the CEA Alliance. More news has been released in regard to this newly formed organization, as post-harvest solutions provider QFresh Lab has joined the alliance.
“As indoor produce continues to expand across the country, the QFresh Lab is responding by joining the organization in order to bring our unique services to the broader Controlled Environment Agriculture marketplace,” states QFresh Lab Founder Jeff Brandenburg.
A press release explained that QFresh Lab is a full-service, independent analytical testing laboratory supporting the fresh food industry throughout the globe. Its portfolio of consulting and testing services includes package design, produce physiology, shelf-life, quality, food safety, and equipment design.
QFresh Labs’ expert staff has over 60 years of combined experience in the global food market, the release went on to note. With its primary physical lab on the West Coast and staff and satellite labs located on both coasts as well as the Midwest, QFresh Lab is ideally positioned to support and serve its clients.
“With a new name and mission, the new Controlled Environment Agriculture Alliance—CEA Alliance—will expand its membership to serve growers delivering the freshest, best-tasting, and most nutritious fruits and vegetables to consumers, with the least environmental impact; reducing use of water, land, and other scarce resources; and employing the most rigorous practices to ensure the safety of our products,” said CEA Alliance Executive Director Tom Stenzel in the organization’s initial announcement.
Through the CEA Alliance, the organization will expand its portfolio of services to include strong public policy advocacy, support for sustainability and climate-smart agriculture, and support of retail and foodservice companies in delivering differentiated produce to consumers.
Stay tuned for more news from this expanding alliance.