Save Foods Continues to Grow its Commercial Program in Turkey, Adding Bell Peppers to Ongoing Pilot


The extension of the program with HERA Meyve ve Sebze is designed to verify treated bell peppers will comply with the EU’s strict produce regulations

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Save Foods (Nasdaq: SVFD) (“Save Foods” or the “Company”), an agri-food-tech company focused on developing and selling eco-friendly products specifically designed to extend the shelf life and ensure food safety of fresh fruits and vegetables, today announced that it will expand its current pilot program with HERA Meyve ve Sebze in Turkey to include bell peppers. The current commercial pilot program is in addition to the commercial trial for citrus fruits with HERA Meyve ve Sebze previously announced on November 2, 2021.

Turkey produces over 2,500,000 tons of bell peppers annually, part of which is allocated for export. During 2019 to 2021, Turkish peppers generated 121 alerts for containing an excess of pesticide residues. The first step in the commercial program, is a large commercial scale test to ensure the product’s seamless implementation and efficacy ensuring low level of pesticides residues.

Dan Sztybel, the Chief Executive Officer of Save Foods Ltd., the Company’s Israeli Subsidiary, commented on the announcement, “During our recent visit to Turkey to initiate the pilot program for citrus fruits HERA Meyve ve Sebze expressed their need for a treatment protocol in bell peppers. Following the initial indications of success in the citrus program, and the recent studies we have performed in Israel for bell peppers, HERA Meyve ve Sebze requested that we expand the current program to include bell peppers as well.”

Mr. Sztybel went on to say: “I am thrilled that the demand for green and efficient products that reduce pesticide residues is even stronger than anticipated. The desire and business need to meet the criteria set by European regulations is significant, and creates significant business opportunities for Save Foods. Many of the packers I am meeting are eager to implement a program to ensure they are meeting those criteria and will not face rejections due to excess of pesticides residues.” 

“We are working hard to add additional packers to join and test our unique offering in the near future. Turkey represents a tremendous opportunity for Save Foods since it is one of the world’s largest producers of fruit and vegetables, exporting more than 42% of its production to EU countries. We believe the operational and economic benefits of our seamless plug and play solution offer a strong value proposition to the region.”

About Save Foods

Save Foods is an innovative, dynamic company addressing two of the most significant challenges in the agri-food-tech industry: food waste & loss and food safety. Save Foods is dedicated to delivering integrated solutions for improved safety, freshness and quality, every step of the way from field to fork. Collaborating closely with its customers, Save Foods develops innovative solutions that benefit the entire supply chain and improve the safety and quality of life of both the workers and the consumers alike. Save Foods’ initial applications are in post-harvest treatments in fruit and vegetable packing houses processing citrus, avocado, pears, bell peppers and mangos. By controlling and preventing pathogen contamination and significantly reducing the use of hazardous chemicals and their residues, Save Foods’ products not only prolong fresh produce shelf life and reduce food loss and waste, but they also ensure a safe, green, and healthy product.

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