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Published: 17 Apr 2014



Keeping fruit and vegetables fresh, crispy and tasty, whilst providing a menu with choice and reacting to demand, can challenge the most organised of chefs.  
 
The reason fresh produce ripens so quickly, particularly in mixed store rooms is because of the ethylene in the atmosphere, which fresh produce gives off naturally as they ripen. Compass Group UK & Ireland has introduced Fresh Pod technology into their supply chain to safe guard freshness and stop deterioration in its tracks.  
 
Compass moves produce very quickly around its business units and its sophisticated ordering system for its catering division means fresh produce does not hang around for long. However, the introduction of Fresh Pod technology ensures that whist produce awaits preparation it is stored in a clean air environment keeping it crispy, tasty and retaining nutrients until ready to use.  
 
Ethylene control is a new concept recently introduced to the catering industry in the UK. Compass Group invited the Fresh Pod team to pitch the product through their innovative, dragon den style "Ideas Work" process, aimed at giving new products and services the chance to get their business in front of influential judges from Compass and other organisations.  
 
Fresh Pod technology is completely safe and natural and approved for use with organics. Aside from absorbing 99% of the ethylene in the surrounding areas, it also removes airborne spores, rots and moulds from the atmosphere which can also contribute to early decay. Fresh Pod works to protect fresh produce across the entire food chain from growers to the end consumer.  
 
Nick Vadis, Executive Chef, at Compass Group UK & Ireland says, "Reducing food waste is really important to us and Fresh Pod represents an innovative and effortless way to support our continuing efforts in this area." 
 
Valerie Watson-Brown, a Director at Fresh Pod "I applaud Compass' tackling of food waste across many of its business units. The environmental impact of food is unacceptable and unsustainable. If more companies in hospitality and the catering industry adopted similar policies on waste and food preservation then not only will savings be made, but the benefits to the environment will be tenfold."  
 
Further information on Fresh Pod can be found at www.freshpod.co.uk.

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