Adano Fruits picks
Purfresh to preserve
blueberries in transit
Apr 12, 2012 10:10 AM
Purfresh Inc announced that Adano Fruits prefers Purfresh over more traditional systems to protect and preserve its blueberries exported via ocean transit from Uruguay to Asia, Europe, and North America.
Alejandro Adano, director for Adano Fruits, said, “Purfresh allows us to reach destinations with confidence that the high-quality standards of our products will be maintained when the fruit reaches our customers. As exporters of blueberries, controlling decay and maintaining shrivel during ocean transit is critical. Our customers are thrilled with the arrivals, and we will continue to utilize Purfresh for future shipments.”
A valuable and sensitive commodity, blueberries are subject to gray mold as well as the detrimental effects of small amounts of ambient ethylene during ocean transit. To help prevent shriveling, blueberries are stored in high-humidity environments that can increase mold growth. Previously, Adano Fruits leveraged gas-injection modified atmosphere systems to maintain fruit quality, which showed inconsistent performance in fruit firmness, lacked shrivel prevention, and as a result of the carbon dioxide, the berries demonstrated inconsistent flavor. As the technology offering ripening control and decay reduction, along with maintaining a superior bloom, Purfresh became Adano Fruits’ preferred choice.
“With Purfresh, exporters can control expenses, reduce losses, and build buyer loyalty with higher-quality produce,” said David Bouchard, general manager for Purfresh.
To maximize efficacy, Purfresh easily integrates with the container’s refrigeration unit to precisely control and evenly distribute ozone throughout the cargo. Unlike other approaches—such as temperature recorders, traditional controlled atmosphere and modified atmosphere systems, and fungicides—Purfresh Transport provides full trip transparency along with active atmosphere enhancement to reduce decay, control ripening, and reduce foodborne pathogens.
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