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Growers, Wholesalers, Distributors, Grocers. USE ETHYLENE ABSORBERS FOR THE ETHYLENE GAS PROBLEM. In 2008 it was estimated that $20 Billion dollars worth of produce was thrown out by retailers due to spoilage. These strawberies are 10 days from harvest. See our simple solution to a BIG problem.

Produce Growers, Wholesalers, Distributors, Grocers: Reduce Spoilage and Add Days and Weeks of life to crops by controlling ethylene gas from produce.. See FAQ below Why is Ethylene exposure a problem. We offer low cost soluions to food waste.




 From the moment they are picked, fruits, vegetables and flowers are highly perishable commodities requiring proper ethylene management in post harvest handling.Virtually all fruits and vegetables give off a natural gas called ethylene. This gas starts the ripening cycle. Our 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


Many perishable products (such as fruits, vegetables and flowers) are sensitive to ethylene gas and can ripen or mature quicker when exposed to ethylene gas .  Certain fruits and vegetables are higher producers of ethylene gas thereby creating the need to separate, ship, or store produce based on their ethylene profile.  Adding a our Ethylene absorber  packet to each container of perishable produce can reduce spoilage


The Ethylene Gas issue

Produce losses due to Ethylene gas run into $$$billons annually, the United Nations believes the number is $48 billion World Wide..Losses due directly to ethylene production run into the billions of US dollars annually.  Not only is the proper storage of produce an economic issue, but it is an issue of social responsibility.
In an article entitled “Shrink Rapped, the amount of fresh fruits & vegetables food waste-known as shrink was discussed.”The Food Marketing Institute stated that the ‘perishable” food sales totaled
$196 billion in 2006. “That means food worth nearly $20 billion was dumped by retailers. In a report published on May 14th , the United Nations estimated that retailers and consumers in America throw away food worth $48 billion each year and called upon governments everywhere to halve food wastage by 2025.” (“Shrink Rapped” The Economist, May 17, 2008)
“Sysco Corp., the largest U.S. foodservice company by sales, said fruit, vegetable and dairy products have been the main drivers of inflation in the sector, rather than “center of the plate” meat products.”….Sysco… said it would focus on cost control for another 12 to 18 months to counter the impact of rising input costs on sales ….. (“Sysco Cites Fruit for Inflation Bite” Philadelphia Inquirer, August 12, 2008)

David Flood
Floriculture Development Officer
British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Ethylene (C2H4) is considered to be a plant hormone, a growth regulator, and a potentially harmful pollutant of ornamental crops. It has sometimes been called the death hormone, because it promotes the aging and ripening of many fruits and flowers. It is a simple organic substance that is active at very low concentrations. Ethylene and related substances are produced when almost any material is incompletely combusted or burned. It also evolves naturally from plant materials that are aging, ripening or rotting. Many ripening fruits and vegetables generate ethylene as do certain micro-organisms.

Ethylene toxicity and damage is of particular importance in the shipping and handling of floral products. Ethylene gas is often added to banana ripening rooms at food wholesalers. This can cause problems for floral products if they are handled and distributed from the same building.

We offer Heavy Duty Blowers, Filters and transport sachets to fight this problem. Our ethylene absorber sachets are environmentally friendly, non toxic and are the best insurance you get against poor arrivals.

• FDA approved
• Simple, easy to use, easily disposed of with normal waste
• The Patented Powerful Pellets in the sachets also kill molds and rots
• A single sachet per box protects continuously, from the packing line to the retail backroom by removing ethylene gas
• Can EXTEND SHELF LIFE up to 3-4 weeks depending on the produce
• ELIMINATES decay, mold, discoloration, wilting, softening, scald, loss of crunch and many other negative effects caused by ethylene gas.
• Does not affect the taste or nutritional value or organic qualities of the fruits and vegetables
• Use for Post-harvest handling to slow down the ripening process of fruits, vegetables and flowers.                                            
• If you use sachets you do not need to use a filter                                                         
• our  filters reduce odors and retard taste migration for
up to three months with produce and six months with floral
• Use during domestic and international shipments





















Why is Ethylene exposure a problem?
When plants are exposed to ethylene gases they react by producing more themselves. This process is called “autocatalytic” ethylene production.  Concentrations of ethylene ranging from a few parts per billion (ppb) to a few parts per million (ppm) can cause destruction to such as:
• Premature Ripening and Decay ( fruits and vegetables)
• Russet Spotting (leafy vegetables and eggplant)
• Loss of Color ( cucumbers, broccoli, peppers, squash, brussel sprouts)
• Odor (garlic and onions)
• Wilting (vegetables and flowers)
• Scald and Loss of Crunch (apples) and rind breakdown (citrus)
• Bitterness (vegetables)
• Early Sprouting (root vegetables

Understanding ethylene!
The ethylene molecule is very reactive and is readily oxidized into a state that will not do damage to produce. There are several ways that may be used to remove ethylene from produce storage areas. One of the simplest and safest methods is to oxidize it with potassium permanganate. (For those of you who, like me, enjoy chemistry, a link to the reaction is given at the bottom of this page). This reaction can remove ethylene to very low levels. Potassium permanganate (KMnO4) is used in a number of familiar applications, such as in drinking water treatment systems

DO the filters help with food safety?
Yes. The filters also absorb fungi spores, bacteria and bad odors. When adopting a food safety
program an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. The cost of a food born illness
claim can be quite expensive. To include Ethylene filters in your food safety
program, use 1 filter per 250 cubic feet of refrigerated air space. The filters are compatible with all
Organic Produce since no chemical residue is left on the food

Is your Product Hazardous?  Our products are non-hazardous.  Our products are approved for use with organics and are environmentally safe.   

 How long will the sachets last once it’s placed in the box with my produce/flowers etc. and how long can I store the unused product?
The life of the Sachet will depend on the environment that the sachet comes in contact with.  With the proper size sachet, the sachet will always outlast the life of the commodity being shipped.  Our unused products when stored in their original packaging will stay fresh for years at most any temperature.

If I use a sachet in every box of produce or flowers do I also need a filter?
No additional filter is needed when using a sachet in every box of produce or flowers.  The sachet gives you the maximum source of protection because it stays with your commodities from the time it’s packed until it reaches the end retailer

How do I dispose of the used power pellets?  You may dispose of in your trash bin (no special handling required). 



Products in this Category

COMMERCIAL ETHYLENE FILTRATION Ethylene Control filters remove ethylene gas from already boxed produce and floral products
ethylene control filters Ethylene Control filters remove ethylene gas from already boxed produce and floral products
Sachets For use of boxed produce in transport and For use of boxed produce in transport and storage Recommendation: For Use With High Ethylene-Producing Commodities such as Apples, Passion Fruit, Pears, Melons, and Tomatoes, up to 40-50 lb. box. Sachet Weight: 0.95 oz. (27 grams) Package per case: 300 (27 gram) sachets per master case Case per pallet: 42 cases per pallet
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