Apples are rich in natural sugars, organic acids, cellulose, vitamins, minerals, phenols, and ketones. In addition, apples are one of the most present fruits in any market. Every year more than 70 million tons of apples are produced worldwide. Europe is the largest export market for apples, followed by Asia, North America and South America. The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused many difficulties for the export of apples around the world. Shipping capacity is limited, shipping rates have increased significantly, and shipping times are often delayed. Under these circumstances, the most pressing challenge for exporters in the industry is to keep apples in storage or being transported fresher in order to extend their shelf life. As a result, there has been a huge increase in demand for 1-MCP.
SPM Biosciences (Beijing) Inc. specializes in food preservation services. Company spokeswoman Debby introduces Angel Fresh products, which they developed to keep apples fresher in storage for longer. "1-MCP is already widely used by apple growers and traders around the world to keep apples fresh in cold storage. 1-MCP is highly effective in keeping apples fresh after harvest. The products 1 -MCP can effectively extend the shelf life of apples in storage and help reduce water loss, loss of firmness, and flavor changes that apples in transit may experience due to shipping delays. In this way, 1-MCP products maintain freshness and extend the shelf life of apples, allowing exporters to supply higher quality apples to their customers," explains Debby. "Our products are suitable for regular warehouses and cold storage facilities. Of course, they can be used in combination with low temperature or modified atmosphere preservation techniques for best results."
In addition to using 1-MCP products in cold storage, some retailers are beginning to use these products in retail to extend the freshness of apples throughout the supply chain. "We have received many questions from importers and exporters about our Angel Fresh sachets. They are easy and convenient to use. Customers just place the sachet in the bag/box of apples, that's it," says Debby. "We can provide customized maintenance solutions for different container sizes and other conditions of use."