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Savior of Mushy Avocados Arrives in a Tiny Sachet: Supply Lines

July 31, 2020, 11:00 AM

Some of the most gut-wrenching images of disrupted supply chains from the pandemic have been the mounds of food that have gone to waste. A product the size of a sugar packet could be part of the solution.

Hazel Technologies makes a biodegradable item that extends the shelf life of produce — grapes, avocados, mangoes — by releasing a chemical compound known as an ethylene inhibitor, which helps control aging for fresh fruits and vegetables. The product, a 1-inch-by-1-inch sachet, can be tossed into a crate of produce and help extend shelf life by as much as three times...

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