AUGUST 23, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Key influencers in the mango crop supply chain will be given an exciting opportunity to see the newest harvest prediction tool from US-based Felix Instruments later this month.
Leonard Felix, the founder of Felix Instruments – Applied Food Science, a subsidiary of CID Bio-Science, will be demonstrating the F-751 Mango Quality Meter at the August 30-31 7th International Ecuadorian Mango Congress.
Hosted by the Ecuadorian Mango Foundation, the Congress will feature keynote speakers who will provide attendees with a better understanding of the mango supply chain, and how to achieve better consistency, quality, and safety of mangos for the US consumer market.
The F-751 Mango Quality Meter, which has specific value to mango growers, will be exhibited at the Congress. Felix Instruments first developed the instrument as a joint venture with Central Queensland University in Australia and was initially deployed in the fields of Australian Calypso Mangoes.
In addition, Felix Instruments has worked closely with Dr. Jorge Osuna and the scientists at INIFAP, who have been instrumental in ensuring the 751’s accurate analyses of South American mango varieties.
The F-751 provides mango farmers with the ability to assess dry matter and Brix, predicting fruit quality more accurately – ensuring better returns and fewer losses to growers.
"The meter rapidly assesses the internal traits of fresh produce and does so in a non-invasive way, so the crop is not destroyed. I am delighted to be able to demonstrate and discuss the new tool with influencers and attendees at the Ecuadorian Mango Congress," commented Mr Felix.
The F-751 Mango Quality Meter sends particles of light into the fruit and measures the light’s interaction to assess the number of key quality traits.
The tool has been highly successful in predicting harvest dates for several tropical commodities from avocados and cherries to kiwi, apples and pears.
The F-751 will soon be boosted by the creation of the world’s first free fruit maturity app: Fruit Maps. This program takes data generated on the instrument and puts it into a visual format that can be accessed quickly and proactively by growers.
The Camas, Washington-based company, which has been designing instruments for environmental research and commercial agricultural for over 25 years, will also be demonstrating a range of other tools that are aiding the global farming industry.
These include the F-901 Ripening Room Controller, and the F-940 Gas Analyzer, a rapid and precise measurement tool designed for quality assurance staff to increase shelf-life and prevent spoilage by monitoring ripening gases throughout the storage process.
Felix Instruments will also demonstrate the F-751 Avocado Quality Meter, which is specifically engineered to gauge the quality of avocados via dry-matter assessment.
Mr. Felix will be available for meetings and demonstrations at Booth 8 at the Congress, which is being held at Hotel Oro Verde, Guayaquil.