AgroFresh + Tessara

Sep 19, 2023
AgroFresh finalizes Tessara acquisition

AgroFresh Solutions Inc., an AgTech company specializing in post-harvest produce freshness and quality solutions, announced it has completed the acquisition of Tessara. South African-based Tessara is an industry provider of intelligent packaging solutions for preserving fresh produce, specializing in SO2 generating sheets to prevent decay in table grapes, berries, and flowers.

Clint Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of AgroFresh Solutions Inc
Clint Lewis, chief executive officer of AgroFresh Solutions Inc

The acquisition of Tessara is the next chapter for AgroFresh, furthering its mission to prevent food loss/waste across the produce supply-chain by providing a range of science-based freshness solutions, digital technologies and services for a broad range of crops. The transaction was completed following clearance by the South African competition authorities.

The acquisition of Tessara amplifies AgroFresh’s capabilities in post-harvest produce freshness and food waste reduction with added solutions for key crop segments such as table grapes and berries, while significantly enhancing its presence across fruit growing regions including South Africa, China, Australia and South America.

“AgroFresh and Tessara both aspire to bring continued value to our customers globally,” Clint Lewis, chief executive officer at AgroFresh noted. “We have a shared vision to be the global leaders in the provision of post-harvest solutions for the fresh fruit and produce industry. And what does global leadership really mean? It means that many more varieties of crops get the benefits of a solution that helps enhance freshness and quality and really supports growers and producers.”

Founded in 1985 in Cape Town, South Africa, Tessara’s offerings and innovations have grown to protect more than $3 billion worth of fresh produce annually in more than 30 countries.

Jaco Smit, Chief Executive Officer of Tessara
Jaco Smit, chief executive officer of Tessara

“Over the course of the past few decades, Tessara has grown into a global leader in the provision of SO2 solutions used for prevention of decay for a number of high-value crops,” Jaco Smit, chief executive officer at Tessara said. “Being part of AgroFresh gives us access to resources to support ongoing research and development, production facilities around the world, and, most importantly, a global presence. Combining our portfolio with AgroFresh’s portfolio will make us a significant force in post-harvest technologies around the world.”

AgroFresh Solutions Inc. is a portfolio company of Paine Schwartz Partners, a global leader in sustainable food chain investing.

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