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Spring House, Pa. -- AgroFresh based here, maker of the SmartFresh Quality System, has received two prestigious French industry awards for innovation.
The first trophy, the SIVAL d'Or -- or Golden Award -- was presented to SmartFresh at a ceremony held in early January at the SIVAL 2006 Show in Angers, France. SmartFresh will receive a second gold trophy, the Médaille d'Or, at the SIFEL trade show in Agen, France next month (March 14-16).
SIVAL is the most important and influential trade group for the French apple industry and accordingly the SIVAL d'Or -- awarded annually at their trade show in the Loire Valley -- is the highest honor a company can receive for its contributions.
AgroFresh received the trophy for its SmartFresh Quality System which SIVAL recognized as, "the most innovative and safety-focused technology in the apple industry."
In a recent announcement by SIFEL, another prominent French apple industry trade group, SmartFresh was again recognized for innovation with the Médaille d'Or, which will be presented during next month's exhibition in the Southwest of France.
The SmartFresh Quality System is considered a breakthrough in fruit storage and shipping technology and works by boosting fruit's natural resistance to over-ripening triggers. The technology enhances cold storage methods that have been in use for over 40 years, and by managing the naturally occurring plant substance ethylene, safely protects apples and other fruits from the usual loss of quality so consumers can enjoy produce with peak flavor and texture regardless of season.
SIVAL organizes its awards in different categories, and therefore presented AgroFresh with its SIVAL d'Or in the "arboriculture" group, which applies to the apple tree industry. To win the award, AgroFresh first had to pass the hurdle of a pre-selection committee, after which it presented the SmartFresh Quality technology before a full jury composed of scientists, researchers, and professional journalists.
In the case of the Médaille d'Or, SmartFresh underwent a similarly arduous process before learning it had successfully captured the coveted gold trophy for innovation.