Recognition underscores company’s commitment to reducing waste and preserving and enhancing the freshness of produce.
Philadelphia, PA, December 11, 2015 – AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGFS, AGFSW) (“AgroFresh” or the “Company”), a global leader in produce freshness solutions, announced today that the Company was recognized as winner of Rabobank’s Leader in Sustainability Award for 2015 at a recent client appreciation event in New York. AgroFresh was recognized for the role sustainability plays in its mission and products.
“This award puts an important spotlight on the fact that 44 percent of fruits and vegetables are lost or thrown away due to quality issues each year,” said Tom Macphee, Chief Executive Officer of AgroFresh. “Our mission at AgroFresh is to address this concern by treating fruit and produce with our solutions that retain freshness and quality from the point of harvest to the point of sale. We are very proud to be honored by this recognition from Rabobank.”
AgroFresh’s flagship product, SmartFreshSM Quality System, is a freshness protection technology proven to maintain firmness, texture and appearance of fruits during storage and transport. AgroFresh is a global industry leader in providing innovative data-driven specialty chemical solutions that allow growers and packers of fresh produce to preserve and enhance the freshness, quality and value of fresh produce and to maximize the percentage of produce supplied to the market.
The event for the Leader in Sustainability Award brings leaders in the food, agribusiness and renewable energy space together to discuss topical themes and ideas, and examine market and sector outlooks. The Leader in Sustainability Award was judged on four criteria: an alignment of sustainability with the company’s core business values, B-certification, a proven impact on customers, and a broad impact on the industry’s dynamic. After nominees were vetted by an independent, third-party consultant, a winner was selected by a panel of judges.
The award was accepted by Dr. Ann Hecht Beaulieu, R&D Director for AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. “I’m really excited about the potential impact our AgroFresh products can have on waste reduction, which can contribute significantly to feeding the world’s growing population,” said Beaulieu.
Since its inception, the AgroFresh mission has been to improve the availability, quality and freshness of produce to all consumers through innovative, sustainable technology. The SmartFresh technology has helped improve the shelf life and quality of apples for thousands of customers from the point of harvest in the field to the point of sale to the consumer. First introduced in the U.S. in 2002, today SmartFresh is commercialized in 45 countries worldwide. For the orchard, AgroFresh has developed Harvista™, a pre-harvest management tool that enhances the size, color and taste of fresh fruit while giving farmers flexibility in harvest timing. In addition, AgroFresh has developed RipeLock™, an innovative quality management system for bananas, the Number 1 fruit sold in the U.S. RipeLock gives people up and down the value chain the ability to pace banana ripening.
AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGFS) is a global industry leader in providing innovative data-driven specialty solutions aimed at enabling growers and packers of fresh produce to preserve and enhance the freshness, quality and value of fresh produce and to maximize the percentage of produce supplied to the market relative to the amount of produce grown. Its flagship product is the SmartFreshSM Quality System, a freshness protection technology proven to maintain firmness, texture and appearance of fruits during storage and transport. SmartFresh is currently commercialized in 45 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit www.agrofresh.com.
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