What are Extend-A-LifeTM ethylene removal systems, filters and sachets?
Extend-A-LifeTM systems and filters are unique ethylene absorption products, sold exclusively by AgraCo Technologies International LLC.
What do they do?
Virtually all fruits and vegetables give off a natural gas called ethylene. This gas starts the ripening cycle. Our Extend-A-LifeTM filters and sachets absorb most of the ethylene produced by these fruits and vegetables. By absorbing this ethylene gas, our filters, sachets and systems will increase the shelf life of most fruits and vegetables by as much as two to four weeks longer than normal.
Do all fruits and vegetables give off ethylene gas?
Generally the answer is yes. However, most fruits and vegetables are categorized into two groups, those that are considered ethylene producers, and those that are considered ethylene sensitive.
What do you mean by ethylene producers and ethylene sensitive?
Products such as melons, bananas, avocados and tomatoes are considered ethylene producers. Products such as lettuce, broccoli, and carrots are considered ethylene sensitive.
Is this important?
Absolutely! Growers of fruits and vegetables that are ethylene producers need to find ways to reduce the amount of ethylene the products generate, whether it is in their warehouse, cold rooms, trucks or shipping containers. By reducing the ethylene with our Extend-A-LifeTM filters, sachets and systems, we can give them longer shelf life and better quality arrivals of their fruits and vegetables. For growers of ethylene sensitive products, we can reduce the risk of ethylene contamination. Even small parts of ethylene gas have been proven to drastically affect the quality and shelf life of ethylene sensitive products. As little as 1 part per million of ethylene gas in the air can cause damage. Some particular problems that will occur with ethylene sensitive products are: lettuce will turn brown and spotted, carrots will taste bitter, and broccoli will turn yellow.
Do people and companies store ethylene producers and ethylene sensitive products together?
Yes. Military Units have limited space, Navy ships are constrained by the ship designs, and many companies, particularly hotels, restaurants and wholesalers, still store fruits and vegetables together, either because of their limited storage facilities or lack of knowledge of the effects of ethylene gas and ethylene contamination. Our line of filters can greatly reduce the amount of ethylene in the cold rooms, trailers and refrigerated containers.
What specific products does AgraCo Technologies International offer in the way of Extend-A-LifeTM products?
We have a number of Extend-A-LifeTM products for both the commercial and home market:
What makes our Extend-A-LifeTM products work?
The active ingredient of our Extend-A-LifeTM filters is potassium permanganate. This chemical has been scientifically proven to absorb ethylene. The second element of our filters is a mined mineral call zeolite. Zeolite has the appearance of small rock granules, and is purple when coated with Potassium Permanganate. Zeolite is used because it allows air to circulate throughout the filters and sachets. AgraCo's filter products are safe, have been approved by the California Organic Handbook, and recommended by the U.S. Department of Agricultural for use in removing ethylene gas in conjunction with the storage and transportation of fruits and vegetables. AgraCo filters contain no hazardous materials and may be disposed of in ordinary municipal waste.
Do we have any competition in the area of ethylene absorption systems or products?
There are several competitors in this field, who have been in business for several years and have had modest success. They are generally small companies, with limited funds and personnel. We do not consider our competitor's products to be as effective or as well-made as our products, and we consider our products to be superior, since they are designed to a high standard for military use in harsh and demanding environments. Our filters are encased in a thin metal shell to reduce the chance that any part of the filter elements can come in contact with the user, or that the filter can break apart and come in contact with any food product. A number of our competitors have cloth or paper en-casements, leading to the possibility of ripping or tearing, allowing filter elements to come in contact with food or persons.
Are the filters good for the hotel and restaurant business?
Absolutely! Most hotel and restaurant buyers know they have a problem with ethylene contamination. They have to store all of their fruits and vegetables in the same rooms. If melons and apples are stored next to lettuce, it will turn the lettuce brown and it will start to spot and wilt. Next to broccoli it will turn yellow, next to carrots, they will taste bitter. Basically, the ethylene sensitive products will break down faster when contaminated.
Our Extend-a-LifeTM filters will absorb the ethylene, protecting the products and extending the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. If a customer is interested in our Extend-A-LifeTM products, but not sure if they will work for his products or operation, what is the best way to approach this situation? We know that our products work.
Contact one of our sales personnel, or call our office today. We will be happy to evaluate your situation and give you our best advice as to whether ethylene filtering will work for your business.