CHICAGO, IL – Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-funded technology company delivering new solutions for the fresh produce industry to extend shelf-life, increase sales, and fight food waste, announces a new partnership with Reedley, CA-based Kliewer Farms, a leading grower of California kiwifruit, stone fruit, and table grapes.
The partnership focuses on the use of Hazel for kiwi to ensure post-harvest quality. The technology, whose development has been funded in-part by the USDA, is a small biodegradable sachet, placed in the box during packing, which reduces the sensitivity of kiwifruit to ethylene, resulting in longer shelf life and less food waste. Hazel Tech manufactures sachets for both organic and conventional kiwi, providing growers, shippers, and retailers with compliance flexibility.
According to the University of California-Davis, kiwifruit has an extremely high sensitivity to ethylene. Even extremely low quantities of ethylene, which the kiwifruit itself produces following harvest, induce rapid softening. Following trials last season, Kliewer observed that kiwifruit protected by Hazel Tech retained their firmness significantly longer than unprotected control fruit.
“Traditionally we can store our kiwifruit 3-4 months, but with Hazel Tech we have observed storage capabilities of 6-7 months,” commented Jerin Kliewer, General Manager at Kliewer Farming, “It only takes three seconds to put Hazel Tech in the box, but we get 3 additional months of shelf life out of it.”
Founded in 1985, Kliewer Farming is one of the largest kiwi growers in the state of California, with over three hundred acres of kiwi production.
“Kiwifruit is growing in popularity globally and as a result more volume is being planted in major production areas like California ,” said Aidan Mouat, CEO, Hazel Technologies, “Despite this growth, one major challenge with kiwifruit is the extremely high ethylene sensitivity following harvest. The goal of Hazel Technologies is to enable growers, packers, and retailers of kiwifruit to better meet their customers growing demand for delicious kiwifruit by helping ensure the best possible eating experience and least possible food waste.”
About Hazel Technologies, Inc.:
Hazel Technologies is a USDA-funded startup company that develops new solutions to extend the quality shelf life of fresh produce and reduce food waste. Founded in 2015, Hazel Tech® services over 150 of the world’s largest fresh produce packers, shippers, and retailers. Selected as a Finalist for Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas and winner of “Best Sustainable Packaging”; at the 2020 World Food Innovation Awards, the company’s patent-pending technologies have been tested by top academic research programs including UC Davis, Cornell University, and Oregon State University. In 2020, Hazel is on track to be used with over 3.2 billion pounds of fresh produce, preventing more than 270 million pounds from going to waste.
For more information, visit www.hazeltechnologies.com.
About Kliewer Farms:
Kliewer Farms is a family owned and operated packing facility with over 30 years experience in the fresh produce industry. Our family farm began in 1985 with a small kiwi orchard that has now expanded over 300 acres. The Kliewer mission is to produce a healthy, safe product that people around the world can enjoy. Through socially and environmentally responsible practices, we treat the crops and our customers with the utmost care and respect, striving to pack the best looking and most flavorful box of fresh fruit.
For more information, visit https://www.kliewerpacking.com