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 the launch of operations in Chile, ahead of the ‘20-’21 season. Starting this month, Hazel Technologies products are available to growers in Chile.
According to Fruits From Chile, Chile is the one of the largest fruit exporters in the world, sending more than 2.6 million tons of fruit annually to more than 100 countries across the globe. Categories such as cherries, grapes, kiwi, berries, and stone fruit have high amounts of production in Chile and are also categories where Hazel has invested significant research and development.
Research studies have shown the effects of Hazel Tech® on Autumn Royal and Red Globe grapes sent to Asia from Chile and also grapes held in cold storage in Chile, monitoring quality for up to 60 days. Earlier this month, Hazel Technologies hosted the first annual Grape Quality Summit virtual event, which focused on the upcoming Chilean and Peruvian grape seasons.
In a corresponding move to Hazel’s Chile launch, produce industry veteran Pablo Silva has joined the Hazel Technologies commercial team and will be stationed in Santiago. Silva, an agronomist with over 20 years of experience in the fresh produce industry, has held previous commercial roles at Summit Agro Chile, Sumitomo Corporation, and BASF Chile.
“Hazel has already made a huge impact in Latin America and we are now finally able to offer our unique and innovative technologies to the Chilean fresh produce industry,” commented Pablo Silva, Hazel Technologies, “We expect our growth in Chile to advance as quickly as our growth in North America and other Latin American countries.”
“Being part of a Chilean family, I have long awaited the opportunity for our company to enter the Chilean market,” commented Aidan Mouat, CEO, “We look forward to working with our Chilean partners in the coming months and years to further our mission to protect produce quality, reduce food waste, and increase sales for growers, exporters, and retailers of fresh produce.”
For more information about Hazel Tech’s Chile office and operations, please visit www.hazeltechnologies.com/countries/chile
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.