Liventus’ Controlled Atmosphere: a contribution to the quality of the Chilean avocado

Caption: Claudia Mardones, General Manager of Liventus Global, during her presentation. She did an analysis of the different scenarios that the last season of Chilean avocado exports faced in international market.

Caption: Claudia Mardones, General Manager of Liventus Global, during her presentation. She did an analysis of the different scenarios that the last season of Chilean avocado exports faced in international market.

During the exhibition, in XIV Avocado Day, it was demonstrated that this technology makes a great contribution to the prestige of this fruit in the demanding international markets.

“We have dedicated ourselves to the transportation of diverse commodities, one of them being the avocado, with more than 20 years of experience alongside the Liventus controlled atmospheres. With this we can say that we have seen the evolution of the markets in terms of the condition of the quality of our products”. With these words, the General Manager of Liventus Global, Claudia Mardones, began her presentation titled: "A Glance at the Quality of the Chilean Avocado in the Destination", in the XIV version of the Avocado Day, organized by the Hass Avocado Committee in Chile, in the city of Quillota.

The representative of Liventus Global did an extensive analysis in her presentation of what an importer expects regarding the Chilean avocado. Emphasizing that he requires “a product of good quality, appearance and firmness. That has good dry matter content, which directly affects the taste. That is, a fruit absent from defects. But that these attributes are maintained throughout the season.”

During the exhibition, Mardones detailed some of the problems that were found in the avocados exported during this last season and that harmed the quality of this Chilean product.

Mardones noted that Liventus Global conducted several studies, which concluded that Liventus’ Controlled Atmosphere: “improved the arrival condition of fruit but did not correct problems that occur before being shipped. In addition, this type of technology halved the respiratory rate of the avocado, significantly extending its shelf life.”

“The effect and benefits of this system is impressive, from the point of view of the color of the fruit. For example: if it were sent in normal air, in 50 days the fruit would be turned. In contrast, the ones that go in conservation in Liventus’ Controlled Atmosphere, arrive in excellent conditions,” adds Mardones.

She discarded that the technology contributed to the increase of problems such as Black Spots, Anthracnosis, Stem End Rot and Browning in the fruits, since these symptoms originate mainly in the orchard and the harvest.

Finally, she emphasized that Liventus’ Controlled Atmosphere appeased some of the physiological disorders found in the samples, as is the case of cold damage. She sentenced that this technology positively contributed to the characteristics like firmness, flavor and color, attributes that are greatly valued in the Chilean avocado exported to the international market.