Jun 30, 2021
Hazel Technologies Inc. hires postharvest scientist

Hazel Technologies Inc. has added Enrique Garcia to the company’s R&D team as a postharvest scientist.

With more than 10 years of experience in agricultural research and biotechnology, Garcia’s expertise focuses on postharvest quality and food safety in the apple, pear and cherry categories. Most recently Garcia served as research & development laboratory manager at Stemilt. During his time at Stemilt, Garcia led postharvest research projects, managed the R&D lab technical operations team and oversaw the food safety environmental monitoring program.

In addition to his supply side R&D experience, Garcia spent several years as a food science graduate researcher at Washington State University. He holds a PhD of Food Science from Washington State and Masters and Undergraduate Biotechnology degrees from Tecnologico de Monterrey.

As a Wenatchee, WA-based postharvest scientist at Hazel, Garcia will support PNW-based growers with Hazel technology deployment and program management. His postharvest expertise will complement Hazel’s portfolio of products for the apple category including Hazel 100™ box and bin sachets that provide slow release 1-MCP treatment, quick-release treatment Hazel CA™ and Hazel Datica™ hardware that monitors 1-MCP, ethylene production levels, temperature and humidity in cold storage rooms. He will report directly to VP of R&D Deanna Branscome and oversee regional R&D initiatives in apples, cherries and pears.

“I have been familiar with Hazel Technologies for many years and I am tremendously enthusiastic to join a team of extremely talented individuals whose mission is to reduce global food waste,” Garcia said in a news release. “I was fascinated to see how adding a simple sachet to a bin or a box could extend the shelf-life and improve the quality of food.”

“To serve our customers, Hazel has invested in building a team of technical produce experts,” said Adam Preslar, CTO and cofounder of Hazel Technologies. “Enrique is a key addition to our fast-growing apple, cherry and pear post-harvest science units.”

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