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New Technology beats fresh produce fatigue at sea!

Published: 11 Mar 2013



Continuing to provide meals containing fresh fruit and vegetables whilst at sea for months at a time has always been a problem, with some fresh produce likely to ripen and deteriorate within days of being stored onboard ships.  
 
The reason fresh produce ripens so quickly and particularly in mixed store rooms is because of the Ethylene in the atmosphere which fresh produce give off naturally as they ripen. A new product to the UK and European market, Fresh Pod, removes Ethylene from the atmosphere in a completely safe and natural way.  
 
Fresh Pod technology has been in use across the globe for many years. Developed in the San Joaquin Valley in California the technology has been a driving force behind protecting produce from Ethylene and ultimately extending the shelf life. It also removes airborne spores, rots and moulds from the atmosphere which contribute to early decay.  
 
The US Navy has been using Fresh Pod technology for years in submarine kitchen stores where fresh fruit and vegetables are stored. This ensures servicemen have fresh stores on board and meals containing tastier, crisper and fresher ingredients for the duration of their time at sea, which has a positive effect on morale. 
 
The technology is now available in the UK and Europe and available exclusively through Garrets International and in partnership with Fresh Pod Ltd. Garrets have researched the effect of Ethylene in cold store room situations and the removal options. Having independently tested Fresh Pod in a shipping environment the results have proven that fresh fruit and vegetables will stay crisper, fresher and tastier for up to four times longer.  
 
Ethylene is a real problem in cool stores where mixed produce is stored for any length of time. Garrets successful trials have proven that through the use of Fresh Pod, fruit and vegetables will stay fresh for up to four times longer, ensuring employees onboard ships we serve have access to fresh produce throughout their time at sea.  
 
Many of Garrets' customers are enjoying savings through the reduction of waste from premature ripening, whilst contributing to a greener environment through the reduction of waste. Garrets are not just about providing high quality goods - they are always looking at opportunities, and increasingly looking at new technologies that will greatly benefit their customers.  
 
The Fresh Pod filter systems used in this situation are light and easy to hang from the ceiling or by can be attached the cooling system in the store room. They last for 6-9 months and pay for themselves in reducing losses by protecting a store room over that period of time.  
 
Valerie Watson-Brown Fresh Pod said "We have been providing Fresh Pod protection to the consumer for a number of years in the UK. The time is now right to extend our range to assist with waste reduction and cost savings in the commercial world. We believe we have the most effective Ethylene control product on the market in terms of strength of product and value and we have a choice of storage solutions to work for shipping companies and vessels of all sizes."

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