Reduce the incidence of stem dehydration in grapes by 80%

Take control of grape maturity, reducing shatter, waste, and claims 

This patented technology is suitable for use in organic grape production and delivers a superior quality product to your customers. 

Generate the best possible financial returns from your crop by holding fruit quality for longer, and reducing waste.
  • Maximise yield returns by improving quality and crop utilisation, reducing shatter and claims
  • Reducing claims and waste in current and emerging supply routes
  • Optimise the quality of your grapes, delivering a superior eating experience to consumers
  • Further developing formats, incorporating technology with SO2 pads and liners
  • Gain the flexibility to fine-tune when you sell, in response to market pricing
Grapes are one of the most economically important crops in the world, with fruit that is consumed fresh, dried, or made into wine and other distilled beverages.

The market for grapes is growing rapidly, with breeders and growers working to develop and expand the market. 

Part of this success is built on the development of extra sweet varieties. However, this breeding has developed greater browning and de-greening of the stalks and stems; green stems are an indicator of freshness, and so continued success requires control of this defect. 

Our technology is proven to help reduce the rate of de-greening and degradation of stalks, leading to less shatter and over-ripening of the grapes, leading to fewer claims and better returns.

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Control ethylene for optimal shelf life

Ethylene is a growth hormone which all plants need. It plays an essential role in ripening, protection against pathogens, and the development of aromas and flavours in fruit and vegetables.

By controlling ethylene, you can slow the rate the fruit matures in a deliberate way, that still allows it to ripen as it would naturally - just over a longer time frame.

It’s Fresh! provides patented technology scientifically proven to deliver extended ripening and reduce waste, while retaining the natural great taste.

It’s Fresh! Ethylene Control:

  • Is a clean technology – suitable for use in organic production
  • Can be applied through the whole supply chain
  • Is safe and easy to use. It requires no special handling, removal, or disposal
  • Doesn’t coat the fruit or change it in any way

How It’s Fresh! can support your business

Improve shelf life and quality
  • Better post-harvest quality of fruit
  • Maintain visual appeal
  • Reduce production loss and unnecessary waste
  • Maintain a reputation for quality
Grow your market
  • Gain access to new markets by extending the life of produce, allowing for longer transits
  • Ship further inland and reduce reliance on the more saturated markets at the main port areas
Deliver a great-tasting product to your customer
  • A superior eating experience with a taste equivalent to tree-ripened fruits
  • Drive customer satisfaction and your reputation for quality by consistently delivering superior quality products
Peace of mind
  • Control fruit ripening in a way that doesn’t stop or risk maxing out
  • Know that with It’s Fresh! Ethylene Control, your crop will cope with any delays and arrive at its destination in the best possible condition
Driven by science
  • Get the best results without over-spending via our sophisticated diagnostics
  • Determine the exact level of control required for your specific crop and transit routes
Benefit your bottom line
  • Obtain the flexibility to hold fruit quality for longer
  • Give wholesale markets more time to sell fruit at a better price

Let us help you reduce your waste

When you choose It’s Fresh! technology to safeguard your crop, you benefit from our years of research, experience, and sophisticated diagnostics, which means we can precisely ‘prescribe’ the technology required to suit your specific produce, transit routes and customer requirements.

We work with you to get your crop to market in the best possible condition, generating maximum value, using our five-step process:

CONSULT

Your specific varieties, conditions and requirements are understood

DIAGNOSE

Using sophisticated diagnostic tools, your crop is tested to determine the characteristics of the produce

PRESCRIBE

Your transit technology is specified to result in the shipment arriving in optimal condition. This is determined based on the diagnostics for your specific crop and transit route

ANALYSE & MONITOR

We review your actual crop results and performance

REFINE

We further refine the technology specification based on actual outcomes to continually improve your results over time

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What people say about It's Fresh! Ethylene Control

It’s Fresh! gave us extra days, allowing us to hold the fruit, waiting for a better price at the market
Romy Meyer
Commercial Manager at Exportaciones Meyer, LTDA

80% lower stem dehydration with It’s Fresh! Ethylene Control

Use of It’s Fresh! Ethylene Control reduced the incidence of stem dehydration, with reductions reported over 80% and fewer over-ripe grapes

Until recently, it was thought that ethylene did not play a significant role in the maturity of grapes. Research has discovered that ethylene does, however, play a specific but important role in the grape ripening process. Our own trials have shown that the use of It’s Fresh! Ethylene Control can significantly improve the shelf life of grapes.

The trials were conducted using red and white grapes from Peru, RSA and Chile. The grapes were packed in both loose and in 500g clamshells with SO<sub>2</sub> and macro-perforated liners.

The results showed that the use of It’s Fresh! Ethylene Control reduced the incidence of stem dehydration, with reductions of over-ripe grapes reported at over 80%.

Stem dehydration

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

You'll begin by talking with one of our technical experts who will ask some questions, and collect information about your crops, customers and goals.

They run smart diagnostics to help you decide on the best solution for your business. You'll understand what you can do to achieve the highest possible return on investment.

Why do I need an ethylene controller?

To understand the value of an ethylene controller, it is necessary to understand how ethylene affects fruit and vegetable ripening. As fruits and vegetables mature, they go through a series of changes in color, texture, and flavour.

These changes are part of the process of ripening, which is essential for the development of eating quality.

Ethylene is a plant hormone that plays a central role in crop ripening. As fruits and vegetables mature, they produce increasing amounts of ethylene. The ethylene then acts on the produce to bring about the changes associated with ripening.

One of the most important benefits of using an ethylene controller is the slowing of ethylene during transit and storage. By reducing ethylene, the ripening process is slowed down and fruit and vegetables can be kept in storage for a longer period without becoming overripe. This is important because it allows the product to be shipped further distances and arrive in better condition.

Is it safe to use?

Yes, it is. 

Unlike some other products on the market, which use 1-MCP or potassium permanganate, which are not approved for use on organic fruit and vegetables and can be hazardous to use.

It's Fresh! Ethylene Control is food safe and suitable for use in organic production.

It does not coat or change the product in any way. 

Can you prove it works?

Absolutely.

We work with scientists at universities in multiple countries - in particular the world-leading experts at the University of Greenwich, Natural Resources Institute, and Cranfield University, Plant Science Laboratory.

We operate a diagnostics lab at which our technical experts run continual testing via gas analysis, resistance guage, and sophisticated visual analysis.

These are further validated by real-world test results. Our technical team are happy to discuss your potential results and run some diagnostics for you.

Get In Touch

Contact us about extending the shelf life of your grape crop via our new generation ethylene controller.

An It's Fresh! expert will contact you within 24 hours to discuss your transit or storage requirements and how we can help you optimise your yield.

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