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Manriquez D.A.,AgroFresh | Munoz-Robredo P.,Institute Investigaciones Agropecuarias INIA La Platina | Gudenschwager O.,Institute Investigaciones Agropecuarias INIA La Platina | Robledo P.,Institute Investigaciones Agropecuarias INIA La Platina | Defilippi B.G.,Institute Investigaciones Agropecuarias INIA La Platina
Postharvest Biology and Technology | Year: 2014

Flavor is one of the most important attributes of fresh fruit for the consumer, and is affected by several factors, including genotype, maturity stage, and environmental conditions. Flavor-related metabolites were characterized in two important cherimoya varieties, cv. Concha Lisa and cv. Bronceada, during fruit ripening. The most important sugars present were glucose, fructose and sucrose, and only fructose and glucose increased during ripening. The most important acids were tartaric, malic and citric acids, and all increased as ripening progressed. Overall aroma profile was mainly determined by esters and terpenes in both varieties. Ester compounds such as ethyl hexanoate, butyl butyrate and hexyl propanoate increased during ripening. The activity of alcohol acyl transferase also increased during fruit ripening concomitant with ester accumulation. Terpenes, such as α and β-pinene, showed a reduction during ripening, whereas others, such as myrcene and limonene, increased. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.


News Article | February 27, 2017
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PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGFS, AGFSW), a global leader in produce freshness solutions, announced today that it will release fourth quarter and full year 2016 results before the market opens on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Management will also hold a conference call to discuss the results on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. ET. To access the call, please dial 877-883-0383 from the U.S. or 412-902-6506 from outside the U.S. The conference call I.D. number is 9621365. The call will also be available as a live webcast, which can be accessed in the "Investor Relations – Events & Presentations" section of the Company's website, www.agrofresh.com. AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGFS/AGFSW) is a global horticultural produce industry leader, providing a portfolio of innovative products and specialty services to maintain the freshness, quality and value of fresh produce and flowers. Its core products include SmartFresh™, the proven post-harvest freshness protection technology for produce; Harvista™, the advanced pre-harvest technology for apples and pears; and RipeLock™, the innovative post-harvest quality system for bananas. AgroFresh currently operates commercially in more than 40 countries and employs more than 170 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.AgroFresh.com. ™Trademark of AgroFresh Inc. ©2016 AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.


Boyhan G.E.,University of Georgia | MacLean D.,Agrofresh | Bateman A.G.,Vidalia Onion Research Laboratory | Tate S.,Horticulture Farm
International Journal of Vegetable Science | Year: 2012

Pumpkins are difficult to produce for fall markets in the southeastern United States. Diseases, particularly aphid (Myzus persicae and Aphis spp.)-transmitted virus diseases, make fall pumpkin production difficult. Controlled-atmosphere (CA) storage may offer a method of overcoming this problem by using spring- or summer-produced pumpkins held in CA storage for fall sales. The objective of this study was to evaluate CA storage of pumpkins from spring and summer production. Pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo L.) were stored under ambient conditions (≈ 70-90°F, ≈ 40%-60% relative humidity [RH]) and CA conditions (3% O 2, 5% CO 2, 50°F, and 60% RH) to compare postharvest storage and shelf life. Pumpkins stored under CA conditions had significantly less damage than pumpkins stored under ambient conditions. There were significantly more marketable fruit after CA storage. Cultivar did not affect results. Although there were differences between storage methods, CA-stored pumpkins still had significant loss due to fungal pathogen activity. In 2007, 14% of pumpkins from CA storage were unmarketable fruit, with an additional 55% showing some damage. In 2008, 40% of pumpkins stored under CA conditions were unmarketable. Additional steps including surface sanitization would likely be required prior to widespread adoption of this technology. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


News Article | December 5, 2016
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PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AgroFresh (NASDAQ: AGFS) has received approval from the Brazil Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply for the use of SmartFresh™ SmartTabs™ post-harvest technology on watermelons. Brazil is one of the top grower-exporters of melons, including watermelons. “AgroFresh is committed to investing in research to expand the benefits of SmartFresh technology to new crop segments,” said Jeferson Nunes, Latin America Commercial Director for AgroFresh. “With the recent approval for watermelons, Brazilian suppliers will now have the tools to export more high-quality fruit to the growing European and Asian markets.” Brazil exported 206,000 metric tons of melons in 2015. According to Abrafrutas, the Brazilian association of producers and exporters of fruit, the country is looking to continue to meet the increased international demand for tropical fruits, including melons. Technologies such as SmartFresh are important for delivering consistent quality and supply of fruit to market. SmartFresh is a post-harvest application of 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP), which inhibits ethylene recognition in fruit, maintaining the quality and taste consumers prefer from storage to transportation and consumption. SmartTabs, one of three modes of delivery for SmartFresh technology, provides a convenient way to apply it in existing storage rooms or containers. SmartFresh also is registered for use on apples, avocados, bananas, limes, guavas, mangoes, plums, persimmons, tomatoes, papayas and kiwifruit in Brazil. For more information, visit AgroFresh.com or contact your local AgroFresh representative. AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGFS) is a global horticultural produce industry leader, providing a portfolio of innovative products and specialty services to maintain the freshness, quality and value of fresh produce and flowers. Its core products include SmartFresh™, the proven post-harvest freshness protection technology for produce; Harvista™, the advanced pre-harvest technology for apples and pears; RipeLock™, the innovative post-harvest quality system for bananas; and LandSpring™, an innovative pre-planting transplant shock reduction application for tomatoes and peppers. AgroFresh currently operates commercially in more than 40 countries and employs more than 170 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.AgroFresh.com. In addition to historical information, this release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this release that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements and are identified with, but not limited to, words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “estimate”, “plan”, “outlook”, and “project” and other similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or expressions). Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, information concerning the Company’s possible or assumed future results of operations, including all statements regarding anticipated future growth, adoption of the Company’s products, business strategies, competitive position, industry environment, potential growth opportunities and the effects of regulation. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions concerning future events. Such forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside the Company’s management’s control that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. These risks include, without limitation, the risk of increased competition; the ability of the business to grow and manage growth profitably; changes in applicable laws or regulations, and the possibility that the Company may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Additional risks and uncertainties are identified and discussed in the Company’s filings with the SEC, which are available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. ™Trademark of AgroFresh Inc. ©2016 AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.


Conner P.J.,University of Georgia | MacLean D.,AgroFresh
HortScience | Year: 2013

Anthocyanin content and composition and CIE 1976 (L*, a*, b*) color space (CIELAB) color coordinates were examined for the skin of 22 muscadine grape (Vitis rotundifolia Michx.) cultivars and Muscadinia Planch germplasm. Analysis of berry skin extracts by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) determined that anthocyanin content varied from less than 100 μg·g-1 in bronze and pink berries to over 5500 μg·g-1 in highly pigmented black berries. The anthocyanins delphinidin, cyanidin, petunidin, pelargonidin, peonidin, and malvidin were detected in their 3,5-diglucosidic forms. Analysis of berry color with a colorimeter revealed chroma (C*) ranged from 2.4 to 22.8 with the highest values occurring in bronze- and red-colored berries. As anthocyanin concentration increased, lightness (L*) decreased to a low of 20 to 23 in black-colored berries. Pink and red skin colors were primarily a result of lower levels of total anthocyanins, although there was also a shift away from delphinidin and petunidin production toward more cyanidin and peonidin. Malvidin, the most important anthocyanin for muscadine wine and juice color stability, was only abundant in a few clones, all of which had V. munsoniana (Simpson ex Munson) Small or V. popenoei (Fennell) Small in their pedigree. The interspecific hybrid 'Fennell's 3-way Hybrid' had the largest proportion of malvidin, contributing ≈58% of the total anthocyanin content. This clone also had low levels of delphinidin and high total levels of anthocyanin, making it a promising source for the improvement of muscadine grape pigment profiles.


SmartFresh SM (1-MCP) has demonstrated its efficacy when used for pear storage, but with the potential issue, on some cultivars or with early harvests, of delaying the softening of fruit during shelf life. Two useful tools to deliver quality pears overcoming this issue of hard fruit are herewith presented, namely temperature management during storage (which implies also lower energy input) and application of low doses of ethylene together with 1-MCP. Results are presented from trials in European countries and South Africa. Preliminary positive results have been obtained when increasing the storage temperature from-0.5 up to 1.5°C on 'Abbé Fétel', 'Conference' and 'Blanquilla' cultivars, and using commercial doses of 1-MCP applied in the ratio of 1:0.5 to 1:2 with ethylene on 'Conference' and 'Packham's Triumph' cultivars. Both tools delivered fruit which softened according to market requirements, while keeping the expected high quality including the reduction of superficial scald and bruising, whenever present.

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