HGI Case Study – Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Distribution Western Canada
HGI Industries has created cutting edge ultra violet hydroxyl generating technology which has been at the forefront of high volume odor processing, air-decontamination and air-purification. HGI’s patented technology is the world’s only scientifically proven stand-alone Hydroxyl Generator. The ODOROX® products line of non-chemical devices provides a constant environmentally safe solution.
With over 200,000 sq. ft. of warehousing and the logistics of handling fruits and vegetables from over 100 off shore growers including the US and Mexico, this well established, wholesale fruit and vegetable distributor, supplies fresh produce to major grocery retailers nationwide. Time sensitivity and shelf life are major issues when dealing with ripening produce that is transported from the fields to the consumer.
Increasing Shelf life – An HGI Solution
HGI’S science advisory team was presented with the business case and science proposition of how hydroxyls could be used to extend the shelf life in fruits and vegetables. The immediate feedback was that in the aging process, fruits and vegetables emit ethylene gas which causes produce to ripen. Increased production of ethylene accelerates the ripening process. Hydroxyls destroy ethylene by their very nature. A small pilot tested was undertaken to
demonstrate to the client the efficacy of hydroxyls. The positive result of the test convinced the client to install the Odorox HRC 06 Air Curtain in their first newly constructed facility.
Upon introduction of the hydroxyls, the immediate results were very positive at the outset and using the HRC6 model’s variable optic control (1 – 6) allowed the client to control (decrease or increase) the ripening process based on their storage cycle. The secondary benefit of the hydroxyl generating system was the air purification effect on all the inbound boxes and packaging material. This served to mitigate pests, bacteria and microbials that may have accompanied the inbound packaging boxes.
With five distribution warehouses and a growing expansion plan to include greenhouse production, the company is poised to be a major distributor and grower. Within this vertically integrated model, hydroxyls will play an increased role in reducing spoilage, increasing shelf life and mitigating pests and bacteria in the greenhouses. In addition the Odorox technology will ensure full compliance with food safety standards and ensure a solid return on
investment to the client when purchasing the Odorox equipment.