The proof is in the results
We have been testing the efficacy of our RipeLocker containers for several years with many of the largest growers in the world. All efficacy data is validated by third parties including the growers themselves and major agricultural universities. Below are some results.
Extending the life of fresh hops by six weeks
Fresh hops are highly perishable, but RipeLocker containers enable the fresh hops to retain their original form, color and aroma six weeks later. Now craft brewers in the Midwest, East Coast and abroad can have fresh hops from the Washington and Oregon growing region delivered conventionally via a refrigerated truck or refrigerated ocean reefer instead of via one-day shipping via planes. This saves significant shipping costs, prevents yield loss and helps the environment. RipeLocker containers also enable growers and brewers to extend the fresh hop season by almost two months, which means delicious fresh hop craft beers at holidays such as Thanksgiving.
Wonderful pomegranates: five months in storage
This pomegranate was harvested on October 15th, and held in a RipeLocker container inside a standard refrigerated room until March 27th. It was then placed in a home refrigerator for nearly a month, and eaten in prime condition on April 23rd. Data indicates respiration rate was slowed by up to 50%, resulting in little-to-no loss of color, moisture or overall quality. RipeLocker can extend the season of fresh fruit from North America for advantageous pricing or until the Southern Hemisphere harvest begins.
Mexican blueberries: 72 days in ocean shipping
These blueberries above were harvested May 13th in Mexico and trucked to Oxnard, California, where they were loaded into RipeLocker containers and placed in a refrigerated container. After remaining in port for three weeks, the berries shipped across the Pacific, where paperwork issues held up delivery, and breaks in the cold chain occurred. Finally, on July 29th, a total of 72 days from harvest, the berries arrived in Hong Kong. The fruit suffered less than 1% decay and were sold at market.
Tree-ripe papayas: 30 days in storage
These tree-ripe papayas were harvested June 6th in Tacoma, Mexico and placed in storage for 30 days. The fruit was held in RipeLocker containers stored inside a standard cold room, and remained virtually unchanged. This is proof positive that highly perishable tropical fruits can be harvested at peak ripeness and held in RipeLocker containers for advantageous pricing or shipped by slower, and more environmentally friendly, methods.