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Improved Method of Processing Papayas for Food Safety and Quality

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
80891
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2006-00264
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
IQF DREAM, LLC
113 KUAWA ST Hilo, HI 96720 4628
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Improved Method of Processing Papayas for Food Safety and Quality
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2006-33610-16774
Award Amount: $79,700.00
 

Abstract:

Papaya is a major commodity in Hawaii. The Big Island accounted for about 35.7 million of harvested papaya for fresh utilization and 1.8 million pounds for processed utilization. Additional processed utilization of papaya would be valuable to the industry because culls average 30 percent of total harvested papayas. It is estimated the culls that can be processed annually from the independent packinghouses would be over 4 million pounds. Utilization of these papayas would greatly benefit the packinghouses and in turn produce additional farm gate and improve the economy of the state's rural communities. The purpose of this project is to prove the feasibility of a processing concept, incorporating ozone and heat treatment anti-microbial technologies along with flash freezing, that not only addresses food safety, but also enhances the quality and flavor of the fruit. The project focuses on reducing the microbial counts and enzymatic actions as well as eliminating any freezing problems due to the high amount of "bound" water in papayas. Bound water remains unfrozen until temperatures are below minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit. Improper freezing of papayas causes a watery, soft product of poor quality.

Principal Investigator:

Rodney Yonemura
Vice President
8089645278
papaikourod@yahoo.com

Business Contact:

Toshihisa Aoki
President
8089615580
toshi.aoki@verizon.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

IQF Dream, LLC
113 Kuawa Street Hilo, HI 96720

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No