Anywhere your produce is held, an invisible gas starts to collect. Ethylene is a volatile organic compound – a colorless gas that mature plants produce. It accelerates ripening in fruits and vegetables, and it’s sometimes used deliberately in the produce industry to do just that. But, what happens when a fruit or vegetable reaches optimum ripeness? It continues to produce ethylene, spreading this ripening hormone to nearby produce and hastening spoilage. This can happen during packaging, transportation, and storage – so delivering a fresh, long-lasting product means stopping exposure to ethylene gas at every stage. Here’s how air purification from AiroCide makes it easy and safe, no matter where ethylene collects in your process.
All along your production line, that perfectly ripe produce is outputting ethylene – and removing it requires proper air purification. But, for the protection of your employees and the sensitive produce they handle, your system can’t use potentially toxic chemicals or output any harmful emissions – like some air purifiers do. AiroCide safely disinfects the air of ethylene without using ozone, hydrogen peroxide, or any other harmful chemical, and outputs only pure air. The air purification process used by AiroCide, called photocatalytic oxidation (or PCO), takes place entirely inside a sealed reaction chamber. Your AiroCide unit draws in ethylene, viruses, and other unwanted organic particles like bacteria or fungus and destroys them completely. AiroCide protects your employees as well as your products, and leaves only clean air.
Cold storage and warehouses can be large spaces – but they’re just as susceptible to ethylene buildup as anywhere else, and spoilage still occurs. Luckily, a variety of AiroCide models exist, and we can configure our systems to spaces of every size. With the dimensions of your space, you can reach out to get an accurate proposal for a system that will fit your facility and reduce unnecessary spoilage in storage. It can also reduce the instance of fungus and bacteria – protecting your produce in more ways than one.
Transportation is key to delivering fresh produce – and whether your trucks are refrigerated or not, ethylene can still collect around your fruits and vegetables. Stopping ethylene gas during transportation is simple with the right AiroCide model. Your AiroCide unit cleans the air of 99.99% of VOCs like ethylene, as well as any mold or fungus that may land on produce at the last minute.
Stopping ethylene gas at every stage of your product’s journey means reducing spoilage and delivering a more fresh, longer-lasting piece of produce to your customer. Less loss up front and more satisfied buyers at the end is your reward for reducing this VOC! It’s a simple solution with a great result, reach out to our air purification experts to find out how, and start protecting your produce today.