Hazel Technologies Completes Pear Trials With Cornell University
by Hazel Technologies, Inc.
Posted: 2018-02-09 09:06:41 EST

CHICAGO – Hazel Technologies, Inc., a USDA-supported company, announces the successful completion of research trials with Cornell University to validate a new post-harvest quality technology for fresh pears. Hazel® Pear joins the Hazel® suite of technologies and is available to growers and packers during the 2018 US pear season.

Pears pose a unique challenge to growers, packers, and retailers. Overripe pears are fragile and a significant source of shrink. Researchers at Cornell used Hazel® Pear to extend shelf-life in a simulated retail environment longer than control pears. Shelf-life quality was measured by color, firmness, and flavor.

“Growers and packers want to see third-party data on new products from trusted academic institutions,” said Adam Preslar, COO and co-founder of Hazel Technologies. “The project with Cornell University, an institution highly respected by the pome fruit industry, has already caught the attention of some of the largest pear brands in the industry.”

The trials of Hazel® Pear were conducted under the leadership of Cornell University professor, Dr. Christopher Watkins who specializes in postharvest research studies with a focus in tree fruit. Watkins and the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) program specializes in post-harvest research studies with a focus in tree fruit, and is one of the world’s leading institutions in researching the commercial use of 1-Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) on pome fruit.

Watkins and his group found that D’Anjou pears treated with Hazel® Pear had three-times longer shelf life and 95 percent internal color retention following three weeks of treatment. For more details on the trial, see www.hazeltechnologies.com/pear. For more information on Hazel Technologies, please visit www.hazeltechnologies.com/ or email Pat Flynn at pat@hazeltechnologies.com.

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About Hazel Technologies, Inc.

Hazel Technologies Inc. is a USDA-supported company based in Chicago, IL. Hazel Technologies helps growers, packers, and shippers of produce extend the shelf-life of their fruits and vegetables, which reduces produce rejections, can extend seasonal availability, and expand geographic markets. Hazel Technologies develops products in the form of packaging inserts that slow ripening of produce due to ethylene and use a blend of essential oils to reduce to inhibit microbial growth. For more information, please visit www.hazeltechnologies.com.

About Cornell University

Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, we have a responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, the world. For more information, please visit https://www.cornell.edu/.

Source: Hazel Technologies, Inc.