Apr 20, 2023AgroFresh partners with Strella on pear, apple storage monitoring
Postharvest freshness solutions provider AgroFresh Solutions Inc. is partnering with sensor technology developer Strella, in an exclusive global distribution agreement.
The agreement, announced April 20, launches immediately for the Northern Hemisphere’s apple and pear seasons, leveraging AgroFresh’s relationships with more than 3,700 customers worldwide.
“We are excited to be working together with Strella to expand the reach for this innovative technology and provide our customers with the data and insights they need to help reduce food waste and maintain the quality and freshness of apples and pears as they move through the supply chain,” Clint Lewis, AgroFresh CEO, said in a news release. “Our partnership with Strella expands our comprehensive portfolio of postharvest solutions and further supports our customers in their efforts to grow and distribute an abundant supply of sustainable fresh produce around the world.”
Strella’s proprietary sensors collect real-time perishability data on apples and pears while they are in storage, allowing customers to make data-driven inventory decisions to maintain freshness and protect the value of their produce in storage. This leads to a higher quality pack-out with limited disruptions in supply to the market.
The technology will complement AgroFresh’s FreshCloud platform. FreshCloud is an integrated digital platform that provides end-to-end data visibility and monitoring of produce quality at all points along the value chain and moves the quality-control inspection process to the digital age.
“We work hard to provide the best service we can to our customers and believe that partnering with a customer-focused organization like AgroFresh will help us bring our solution to more packers across the globe,” Katherine Sizov, Strella CEO, said in the release.
“Our focus is to use technology and data to enable smarter decisions across the supply chain,” she said in the release. “Addressing inefficiencies in fruit storage is a critical step in building a more resilient future in food.”
The new agreement allows AgroFresh to build on the company’s full portfolio of integrated postharvest products, services and digital solutions designed to maintain the quality and extend the shelf life of fresh produce.