Save Foods, an Agri-Food Tech company specializing in eco crop protection that helps reduce food waste and ensure food safety, has received approval from Peru’s Ministry of Agricultural Development and Irrigation to sell its products in Peru.
Peru ranks among the world’s top ten fruit-exporting countries. Export of fresh fruit and vegetables from Peru has grown rapidly in recent years, reaching $3.8 billion in 2020. Grapes, blueberries, and avocados drive Peru's fruit exports, followed by citrus and mango. In 2020, the U.S. and the EU accounted for more than 75 percent of Peru's exports.
Using its proprietary eco products, Save Foods cuts waste by protecting fresh produce from decay and microbial contamination. Save Foods' treatment has proven to be effective at reducing produce loss for dozens of partners and is estimated to reduce produce waste by an average of 50 percent at the retail level. In 2021 alone, Save Foods prevented millions of fruits and vegetables from going to waste.
Dan Sztybel, Chief Executive Officer of Save Foods Ltd., the company’s Israeli subsidiary, commented on the announcement: “Save Foods' treatment helps packing houses to address the growing challenges of exporting fruit and vegetables while maintaining their freshness and reducing waste after an extended export process. Peruvian exporters face this challenge on a daily basis as it can take between three to five weeks to deliver Peruvian produce to the average European retailer. Our treatment fights pathogens, which are largely responsible for decay, and can be used in combination with, or as a replacement for, pesticides that leave chemical residues on fresh produce. This helps packers meet the requirements of the EU’s recently established 'Farm to Fork Green Deal Initiative' while maintaining high-quality produce.”