Various methods are currently employed to cool and store fruits and vegetables; forced-air cooling, hydro-cooling, and the use of package ice, are some examples. Refrigerated rail cars, trucks and container vans are used to ship the products. According to a USDA-Economic Research Service study in 1995, 18.9 billion pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables are lost annually due to spoilage alone.
While some of this loss is unavoidable or unrelated to proper cooling, nanoICE, with UptakeENERGY™, has the potential to significantly reduce the amount of fruits and vegetables lost to bacterial spoilage. With its ability to rapidly cool products, shelf life and flavor retention can be substantially extended and enhanced.
nanoICE can play an important and growing role in helping to preserve both the quantity and quality of produce reaching consumers.