New VitaFresh Botanicals Life Select extends shelf-life and has received CAAE organic certification

AgroFresh's new Chilean facility

AgroFresh Solutions has announced the launch of VitaFresh Botanicals Life Select, an organic plant-based coating to keep produce fresh longer and reduce food loss and waste.

Developed from the carnauba tree palm leaf, VitaFresh Botanicals Life Select formulation has received organic certification from CAAE, a leading international certifier.

Life Select is the newest addition to the company’s VitaFresh Botanicals portfolio of proprietary plant-based post-harvest solutions for a wide variety of crops from citrus to avocados to mangos. The new coating reduces dehydration, maintains weight and locks in freshness throughout the supply chain.

Recent trial testing of the product in avocados showed positive results both before and after ripening, including increased shelf life by two to three days, decreased internal browning by 50 to 67 per cent, and improved internal appearance by 50 per cent. These impacts on shelf life translate into an overall 50 per cent reduction in waste.

“Our customers are looking for versatile solutions to address their most pressing operational and supply chain challenges in order to provide a consistent supply and the highest quality produce for consumers. Our focus is to help our customers with solutions that preserve freshness and minimize food loss and waste,” said Clint Lewis, chief executive of AgroFresh.

“Protecting our global food system has never been a more urgent charge. Advancements like VitaFresh Botanicals Life Select help us fulfil our promise to meet the world’s need for fresh, safe and abundant produce while reducing our impact on the environment. 

Duncan Aust, chief technology officer of AgroFresh, said Life Select was an important addition to the company’s offering.

“Now in addition to a full coatings product line that leverages natural and plant-based ingredients, we have an organic option that helps meet an increased demand for these types of solutions,” said Aust.