Slows down loss of nutrition through the supply chain
Apples are a widely consumed, rich source of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Nevertheless, research has shown that the Vitamin C content decreases very quickly and at least by 50% in over two months of storage and 10 days of shelf life at regular temperature.
Several studies have proven that SmartFresh technology contributes to slowing the decrease of Vitamin C throughout the whole apple supply chain. This is particularly the case if SmartFresh is used during ultra low oxygen storage. But even with all other traditional storage methods, there is consistent evidence that SmartFresh helps maintain the Vitamin C content in a number of crops.
For instance, French studies in 2007 on the Vitamin C content of SmartFresh kiwifruit compared to regular stored kiwifruit indicated 15 to 25% more Vitamin C in the SmartFresh kiwifruit. Other recent studies found positive results with regard to flavonoid content retention and antioxidant activity in SmartFresh™ quality apples and pears.