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Decco expands in Brazil

Postharvest products company Decco has opened a factory in Brazil that will act as a platform for its supply to Mercosur markets.

Postharvest products company Decco has opened a factory in Brazil that will act as a platform for its supply to Mercosur markets.

Located in the city of Ituverava in São Paulo state, the new plant is the only one in the country able to emulsify the polyethylene and shellac waxes that meet both domestic and export treatment requirements, Decco said in a press release.

An inauguration ceremony held in Ituverava on October 27 was attended by the local mayor, other government officials and representatives of local universities.

Decco said in recent years it has invested heavily in developing Latin American markets and seen a payoff in gains in its sales and market share.

The new plant underlines the importance of emerging countries in its growth strategy.

Decco is constantly helping markets with little or no post-harvest treatment philosophies to adopt this technology in order to increase their competitiveness and profitability, it said.

“Investing in Brazil is a very interesting development for Decco in a key region for the growth of the company,” said Decco Worldwide president & CEO François Girin.
Decco is the post-harvest division of United Phosphorus Limited (UPL), a global group in the field of agricultural supplies that also has phytosanitary products and seed treatments.


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Prolonging the season with Naturcover Melon

The market is increasingly demanding melons outside the months when they are harvested, so it is useful to be able to store them at the end of the season in order to sell them when there is no longer any crop in the field.

The Decco R&D team has developed a treatment to protect the melon skin against oxidation and ageing and reduce rot development. Naturcover Melon is an edible coating that is applied to the surface of the melons to preserve their fresh appearance during marketing and delay the appearance of senescence symptoms. Decco has received very positive feedback from clients who have treated their fruit with Naturcover Melon, as the melons present a considerably better appearance at the end of the storage period, allowing them to be marketed as top quality fruit.

Treatment with Naturcover Melon reduces weight loss and delays the emergence of signs of skin senescence such as excessive yellowing and ochre patches without giving an artificial shine, so it maintains the natural look of the fruit. Naturcover

Melon application is also synergic with fungicide treatment, which considerably reduces the percentage of rots. In some markets it is useful to be able to give the melon a shine to increase its attractiveness. Applying Citrashine Melon when the fruit is packed highlights its colour, cleanness and finish, differentiating the melons the purchasers see.

Another melon treatment that has been showing great results for several seasons now is Deccoshield, a fluid dispersion of micronised calcium carbonate that reduces the stress the crops suffer at high temperatures, an increasingly important protection owing to the steadily hotter summers we are experiencing because of climate change. Its foliar application protects against sunscald, reduces high temperature stress and acts as a barrier against fungi such as mildew and oidium and against chewing parasites.

This article first appeared in edition 143 (May/June 2016) of Eurofresh Distribution magazine. Read more from that issue here: