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AgroFresh Announces that Vertically Integrated Global Produce Leader Camposol will Adopt VitaFresh™ Botanicals Coatings to Preserve Avocado Freshness 

AgroFresh Announces that Vertically Integrated Global Produce Leader Camposol will Adopt VitaFresh™ Botanicals Coatings to Preserve Avocado Freshness 

The relationship between global leaders will help reduce food loss and waste and provide fresher, longer lasting avocados to consumers

Philadelphia – March 16, 2021 – AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., a global leader in produce freshness solutions, today announced that Peruvian produce leader Camposol has decided to adopt the company’s VitaFresh™ Botanicals plant-based, edible coatings to increase the shelf life of ripened avocados commercialized in Europe, the United States and China. 

VitaFresh Botanicals is a proprietary, plant-based portfolio of solutions for a wide variety of crops including avocados, citrus and mangos. Its coating range utilize “anti-thirst” technology to boost the skin’s natural protection, creating a “double skin” membrane that reduces dehydration, maintains weight and locks in produce freshness throughout the supply chain.

Camposol, a leading vertically integrated global produce grower, exporter and marketer, will utilize AgroFresh’s VitaFresh Botanicals to help expand and grow their business with European, American and Chinese retailers, taking a consumer-marketing end-user perspective. Camposol’s ripenend avocados coated with VitaFresh Botanicals gives retailers a much stronger opportunity to market the best quality produce and increase consumer satisfaction, while reducing food waste and increasing profit potential. By using the VitaFresh Botanicals coatings, Camposol’s ripened avocados will have an added two to four days of extended shelf life after arriving at retail locations (versus uncoated avocados), which will help to reduce retail food waste and potentially generate up to 200% retailer ROI.

“This new strategic relationship represents another step forward in AgroFresh’s decades-long commitment to providing innovative solutions to help our customers extend produce shelf life, and deliver superior eating experiences to consumers,” said AgroFresh CEO Jordi Ferre. “It also represents a major step in our diversification efforts. By using AgroFresh’s VitaFresh Botanicals coatings, Camposol can extend the shelf life of its ripened avocados, improve produce quality throughout their supply chain, and enable retailers to sell more great tasting, ready-to-buy and ready-to-eat avocados,” said Ferre.

“After evaluating multiple options on the market and conducting extensive trials, we chose AgroFresh and VitaFresh Botanicals because of their ability to achieve the technical performance and efficacy that we needed,” said José Antonio Gómez Bazán – Managing Director, Camposol International. “What’s more, as a global company, AgroFresh can support our global expansion and offer the post-harvest expertise and in-depth technical and R&D support that we need to attain our business objectives.”

For easy application of the coatings, Camposol will install AgroFresh’s Control-Tec™ Applicator equipment in their European and U.S. facilities, with plans to add equipment in China. VitaFresh Botanicals coatings are sustainable and created using certified ISO 14001 “environmental management system” standards. 

AgroFresh’s vision is to be the guardian of the world’s fresh produce, and the company is proud to be a member of GLOBALG.A.P., an organization that promotes safe, responsible, and transparent farming for a sustainable future. With VitaFresh Botanicals, AgroFresh offers “Natural-Powered Life Extension for Fruit,” creating new opportunities for retailers and helping to influence consumers’ enjoyment of fresh, tasty produce.

About AgroFresh 

AgroFresh (Nasdaq: AGFS) is an AgTech innovator and global leader with a mission to prevent food loss/waste and conserve the planet’s resources by providing a range of science-based solutions, data-driven digital technologies and high-touch customer services. AgroFresh supports growers, packers and retailers with solutions across the food supply chain to enhance the quality and extend the shelf life of fresh produce. The AgroFresh organization has 40 years of post-harvest experience across a broad range of crops, including revolutionizing the apple industry with the SmartFresh™ Quality System for more than 20 years. This is powered by a comprehensive portfolio that includes plant-based coatings, equipment and proprietary solutions that help improve the freshness supply chain from harvest to the home. Visit agrofresh.com to learn more.

About Camposol

Camposol, the leading agro-industrial company in Peru, is a multinational produce grower and marketer that provides families around the world with fresh and healthy food. The innovative company is involved in the harvest, processing and marketing of high quality agricultural products such as avocados, blueberries, grapes, mangoes and mandarins, among others. Camposol has customers in more than 40 countries and trusting relationships with the main supermarkets worldwide; operations in Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile and Mexico; and commercial offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Camposol is a vertically integrated company that is committed to supporting sustainable development through social and environmental responsibility policies and projects. Visit  www.camposol.com.pe to learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Camposol works to defend water resources

Camposol works to defend water resources

Camposol is striving to reduce its water footprint, as a sustainable irrigation system is one of the biggest challenges in agriculture. For five years, Camposol has worked in cooperation with SuizAgua to measure the water footprint of its blueberry, avocado and tangerine production. The company also participates in the Blue Certificate programme led by the National Water Authority (ANA), which brings together companies that execute projects to protect water resources and generate shared value through work within the community. In 2019, Camposol was Peru’s first agribusiness company to obtain the certificate. Jorge Ramírez, CEO of Camposol, said: “All these initiatives are part of our strategy to reduce our impacts on the agroecosystem.” Meanwhile, to supplement production in Peru, Camposol is extending its avocado cultivation in Colombia, where it expects to reach 40,000 tons per year by 2025, thus approaching a year-round supply.

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Camposol wins award for environmental project

The agro-industrial company CAMPOSOL ranked first in the “Environmental Care” category of the Business Creativity 2016 contest organized by Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas.

The agro-industrial company CAMPOSOL ranked first in the “Environmental Care” category of the Business Creativity 2016 contest organized by Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), which has recognized the most striking innovations made by private companies and public institutions in Peru for the past twenty years.

Camposol´s winning project is entitled: Use of the plant known as “Common water hyacinth” for treating industrial wastewater in the district of Chao, province of Virú, La Libertad. This project consists in removing the contaminants present in wastewater at a low implementation and maintenance cost. Furthermore, it has positive impacts on the environment, such as significantly reducing the emission of bad odours and greenhouse gases and the proliferation of pests, preventing contamination, and reusing the treated water for irrigating green areas. “This treatment system is 100% viable and sustainable and is presented as an alternative that can be replicated by a number of companies that do not yet have a proper method for purifying wastewater,” said Jesús Arasti Barrios, Camposol’s Operations Manager.

Camposol is the leading agro-industrial company in Peru, the largest exporter of Hass avocados, and will soon be the largest producer of blueberries in the world. It is involved in harvesting, processing and marketing high quality agricultural and marine products, such as avocados, blueberries, grapes, mangoes, mandarins, asparagus, shrimps, seashells and other products, which are exported to Europe, the United States of America and Asia.

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Regular shipments to China of Peru’s Hass avocados

Since mid-June a large batch of Peruvian Hass avocados has entered China under the Disney brand, after the inauguration of the modern theme park in Shanghai.

China has shown significant growth in the consumption of avocados, with a 160% increase in consumption over the last two years. In 2015 avocado imports totaled 15,000 tons. Right now, Mexico is the main supplying country but, recently, also the Peruvian Hass avocados obtained the authorization to access the Chinese market at the end of the 2015 season, and regular shipments to that market have started in April of this year 2016. Peru will compete in this interesting market with four fundamental strengths: a good number of professional and experienced exporters, good product quality, excellent period of arrivals and tariff benefits under the free trade agreement with China.

So far during this season, Peru has already shipped the first group containers of Hass avocados to China. Shipments are supposed to continue until end July. Although the main markets are in the big cities, such as Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing, recently there has been a growing demand in inland cities like Hangzhou, Nanjing and Chongqing.

Camposol placing Peruvian avocados for Disney Shanghai

Since mid-June a large batch of Peruvian Hass avocados has entered China under the Disney brand, after the inauguration of the modern theme park in Shanghai. The Peruvian avocados are brought to the market thanks to Camposol and Intercorp. The sales of Peruvian avocados for Disney will be implemented through an authorised importer in Shanghai. The Disney Resort was opened in week 24 with high expectations. The avocados from Peru will be sold onsite in the theme park and in top high-end supermarkets, such as Super City, Ole and RT Mart. The Disney-branded avocados will also be available via specialist fresh fruit stores and online platforms. The Chinese market looks interesting for Hass avocados from Peru, because more and more consumers are seeking fruit and healthy products.

Camposol is the leading agro industrial company in Peru and the third largest employer of the country, with more than 13,000 workers in high season. Now, the company is the top producer of avocados and soon will be also the leading producer of blueberries in the world. Involved in the harvest, processing and marketing of high quality agricultural products such as avocados, asparagus, blueberries, grapes, mangos, peppers, artichokes, tangerines, which are exported to Europe, the US and Asia, Camposol is fully committed to promoting sustainable development through social responsibility policies and projects aimed at increasing value for all its stakeholders.

Photo: Camposol manager José Antonio Gómez