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Agrofresh will enter new fields

Agrofresh new products place the company as a new player, not only in post-harvest but also in storage and field control.
Fruit Today interviewed its sales director, Manolo Martínez, who explained the company’s latest developments.
What impact has your company’s well-known Smartfresh system had worldwide?
This system is so important that, worldwide, more than 35,000 applications have been carried out, which is a significant volume of treated fruit. There were exactly 17,465 in Europe alone.
You work with different fruits but one of the greatest successes is the persimmon.
That’s right. We work in the post-harvest processing of apples, pears and plums. And in the case of bananas, we’ll do so in the very near future. However, our greatest success has been slowing down the maturing of persimmons like nobody had ever done before.
What numerical data can you provide about the applications of your product for persimmons and where has it been carried out?
In global, we have carried out more than 200,000 m³. Just from 2014 to 2015, we experienced a 21% increase.
In 2015, we carried out 193 applications in Valencia, 4 in Andalusia, 2 in Murcia and 6 in Aragon and Catalonia.
Is the product applied in just one way?
No. We have two types of application: one that is carried out in storerooms using a generator or applications involving tablets, which we call Protabs.
Protabs enable us to have a greater decrease in salinity and to change the dosage, which is greatly delimited by the administration and with which we work within very specific amounts.
What are Agrofresh’s latest developments?
Agrofresh is also involved in new products, but the most recent one that we’re beginning to develop is Ripelock, a special product for maturing bananas.
Another new development is Advancestore, that analyses the gases produced by stored fruit to ascertain its real condition.
Do you face many bureaucratic obstacles when it comes to registering a product?
The process is very slow on the part of the MAGRAMA. In fact, there are products authorised in Europe that have still not have not been authorised in Spain.

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