Nov 3, 2022
Verdant receives IFPA science award

The International Fresh Produce & Floral Association (IFPA) has recognized Verdant Technologies as an emerging leader in ag tech innovation.

At this year’s Global Produce & Floral Show in Orlando, Florida, IFPA awarded its Science & Technology Circle of Excellence Award to Verdant, a Denver, Colorado, product life extension technology company. Each year, IFPA selects one individual or organization that solves business challenges within the produce and floral industries through the application of scientific and technological advancements to create better products, processes, or value to customers.

Over the past year, Verdant introduced the trademarked HarvestHold Fresh postharvest innovation that extends the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. The solution provides growers with a simple and flexible product that delivers impactful results, according to a news release.

Through its new delivery method of industry-standard 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP), HarvestHold Fresh significantly reduces waste, delivers return on investment and offers robust sustainability benefits in the perishable produce supply chain, according to the release.

Verdant is working with produce growers in the U.S. and Mexico and partners with Chrysal International to distribute its technology in the floral industry to preserve flower freshness longer.

“We are tremendously honored for Verdant Technologies and our HarvestHold solution to receive the IFPA Science & Technology Circle of Excellence Award,” Gordon Robertson, Verdant’s CEO, said in the release. “Our goal is to bring nourishment to the world through innovative solutions that make a positive impact for our customers, the supply chain, and society. This award further validates the hard work of our team and the partnerships with our customers in the produce and floral industries that have helped bring our solution to market.”

The IFPA is one of the largest international associations serving the fresh produce and floral industries.

Offering HarvestHold product life extension technology for floral and produce products, Verdant is an emerging leader in the ag tech industry. Verdant and its partners work to reduce negative environmental impacts and help bring nourishment to more people in more places, according to the release.

Verdant’s HarvestHold Fresh is the first of the company’s patented products available in the U.S. marketplace. As fruits and vegetables are harvested, growers and packers simply insert a recyclable sheet of HarvestHold Fresh into packaging from which 1-MCP is released using a plant’s natural chemistry. HarvestHold has received U.S. state approvals in 49 states, with anticipation of California registration approval forthcoming.

Verdant is a subsidiary of Gulftech International. Gulftech is a diversified holding company which develops and operates global manufacturers of industrial equipment and components. Gulftech is an owner, operator and steward to a family of companies serving global food production and processing firms. Gulftech’s mission is to acquire and nurture companies, investing in sustainable growth and long-term success. Gulftech focuses on middle market, long-term acquisition opportunities in manufacturing, packaging, distribution and industrial aftermarket parts and service.



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