Hazel Technologies has registered its flagship product, Hazel 100, in Peru. This strategic expansion comes at a pivotal time in the industry, driven by increased demand for Peruvian table grapes in the United States following the impact of Hurricane Hillary in California.
Peru's export of table grapes has experienced a consistent upward trend since 2017. From 2022 to 2023, Peru exported over 70 million 8.2 kg boxes, a 10 percent increase compared to the preceding year. Building on Peru's significant growth in grape exports, Hazel's solution emerges to enhance South American table grapes' quality and shelf life through a straightforward application method.
Hazel 100 is a small sachet containing the active ingredient 1-MCP, designed for optimal time-release treatment of postharvest crops. This product simplifies the process with a one-step application: placing the sachet directly into the produce case. Once it is implemented, it slowly releases 1-MCP and delays stem browning by mitigating senescence due to exposure to ethylene, resulting in greener stem tissue.
Right: The Hazel 100 sachet.
The 1-MCP active ingredient is the key to providing retail customers with a better-quality product to turn around and sell, creating more opportunities to grow their business.
“The ease of use and the results of Hazel 100 create a win-win situation for both retailers and customers, making it a must-have for postharvest crop management strategies,” says Tommy Caruana, director of business development for retail. “For retailers, this translates into increased sales and customer satisfaction. With Hazel 100, customers are more likely to choose and purchase produce, confident that it will stay fresh for an extended period at home.”
Left to right: Tommy Caruana, Aline Perales.
Hazel Technologies has a dedicated team in Peru, collaborating closely with local growers. With the successful completion of the registration process for Hazel 100, the company will continue to expand its operations on a global scale.
"Hazel 100 has been shown to help growers have more marketable fruit,” says Aline Perales, commercial business development manager. “The sachets can be a good tool, especially to use on premium quality grapes to have better arrivals and thus premium returns."
Visit Hazel Technologies’ booth #4057 at the International Fresh Produce Association Global Produce & Floral Show in Anaheim, October 19-21 to speak with Hazel Agtech experts and learn more about its technology.