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08.25.16 | Primaira wins Stage II START award to continue development on its Bluezone air purifier for the Chinese market. Read Mass Venture Press Release: 2016 START Program Winners

06.24.15 | Primaira wins START award to develop Bluezone air purifier for Chinese Market. Read Mass Ventures Press Release: 2015 START Award Winners

03.02.15 | Home Appliance Industry Moving Forward on Plan to Reduce Unattended Cooking Fires. Read Appliance Design article

09.14 | Analytical Modeling of Pan and Oil Heating on an Electric Coil Cooktop. Read National Fire Protection Association report

01.29.14 | Maersk Sees Shipping Flowers as Growth Industry Read Wall Street Journal article

02.12.13 | AU: Fruit and veg spoilage a problem no more? Read FreshPlaza article

08.07.12 | Navy fights food rot with ethylene system. Read The Packer article

07.10.12 | New technology to keep Navy's produce fresh. Read Navy Times article

Getting More Fresh Foods out to Troops, Boston Herald
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Primaira’s Bluezone™ Reaction Technology Extends Shelf Life and Quality of Produce
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Bluezone™ Demonstration Test Report
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Press Releases

01.28.14 | Primaira, LLC Licenses Bluezone® Fresh Preservation Technology to Maersk Container Industry
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01.28.14 | Maersk Container Industry to launch new technology with big potential. Read The Maersk Container Industry press release

05.11 | Primaira, LLC received a U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 2011 Achievement Award. Read full press release. Click here to download pdf

Primaira, LLC receives a U.S. Army SBIR 2011 Achievement Award. Click here to view Business Wire press release

03.10 | Primaira, LLC to advance technology for fresh fruit and vegetable quality through Army program. Read full press release

05.11 | Primaira, LLC received a U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 2011 Achievement Award.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Karen Benedek
Karen@primaira.com

Primaira, LLC, a product development and commercialization company in Woburn MA, today announced it received a U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 2011 Achievement Award on May 20 at the Pentagon Conference Center in Washington, D.C. for its development of the Bluezone™ technology for fresh produce preservation.

Primaira, LLC was recognized for its development of a low cost, compact, low-power technology that maximizes shelf-life and quality of fresh produce being transported to our troops around the world. The successful development of the Bluezone™ technology has recently been demonstrated in full-scale, side-by-side comparative testing, proving that the Bluezone™ technology safely and cost effectively removes ethylene, inhibits microbial growth, and improves the quality and longevity of fresh fruits and vegetables. This technology has benefits along the entire storage, distribution, transport, and end-use supply chain.

The Army SBIR Program conducts an annual awards program to recognize the projects that exemplify the SBIR goal of bringing innovative technologies to our soldiers and the commercial marketplace. The Army Achievement Awards are highly competitive: this year 649 projects were eligible to compete for an award. The Army selected 11 projects from across the Army, representing the best in small business research and development.

“ This Achievement Award recognizes our success in meeting a critical Army goal of enhancing the nutrition and ultimate performance of the warfighter in the field, and save the Army money as it provides fresh produce to the soldier on the front lines” said Pete Lavigne, of the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) - DoD Combat Feeding Directorate, the Technical Representative overseeing the technology development for the Army. “It has application to many of our Military customers, including the Navy and Air Force as well as the Army”.

For Primaira, LLC owners, Phil Carbone and Karen Benedek, the selection provides recognition as they commercialize the technology across multiple Military and commercial applications including transport containers, cold storage rooms, walk-in refrigerators, reach-in refrigerators and general produce storage areas. “We are honored to receive this SBIR Achievement Award. It provides us further acknowledgement of the value of this technology to the Army and, by extension, the tremendous opportunity to transition our suite of products to commercial shipping and storage of fresh produce. SBIR program has been critical to our success bringing this important technology to market.” said Ms. Benedek. “This award recognizes the years of hard work conducted by our team at Primaira and that of our SBIR program team from the DOD Combat Feeding Directorate, NSRDEC.” said Mr. Carbone.

The freshness enhancement technology works by removing ethylene, a naturally occurring plant hormone emitted by many fruits and vegetables, from the atmosphere of refrigerated containers used in shipping and storage. By removing ethylene safely, in a cost effective manner, the fruits and vegetables maintain their color, texture, and tasteThe technology also effectively inhibits the growth of microbes in the fresh produce. Without the technology in place, extended storage of mixed loads of fruits and vegetables can lead to excessive ripening, russet spotting, bitterness, softness, rotting, or toughening of the produce. The loss of produce costs the Army, and the US agricultural industry, lots of money. Up to 20% of each load can be ruined in transportation.

The selection of Primaira, LLC for the Achievement Award was based on the following four criteria: Originality and Innovation; Relevance of the research to the Army mission; Immediate Commercialization Potential; and Overall Quality and Performance of the product.

Primaira, LLC develops market-driven products, creates valuable intellectual property and enables successful commercialization and product launch through specialized manufacturing. In addition to developing and commercializing its freshness enhancement technology, Primaira offers a full range of Product Development Services for the medical and consumer products industry.

For further information about Primaira, please visit www.primaira.com or contact the company at info@primaira.com or 781-937-0202

03.10 | Primaira, LLC to advance technology for fresh fruit and vegetable quality through Army program.

Primaira, LLC, a product development and commercialization company in Woburn MA, today announced it has been identified by the US Army for participation in their Commercialization Pilot Program (CPP) to accelerate the transition of its fruit and vegetable freshness technology from development to implementation.

Primaira, LLC has established that its low cost, compact, low power technology, developed under the U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) can provide much needed quality improvements and shelf-life extension for fresh produce being transported to our troops around the world.

“Primaira’s participation in the CPP moves this technology forward so that we can enhance the nutrition and ultimate performance of the warfighter in the field, and save the Army money as it provides fresh produce to the soldier on the front lines” said Pete Lavigne, of the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) - DoD Combat Feeding Directorate, the Technical Representative overseeing the technology development for the Army.

For Primaira, LLC principals, Phil Carbone and Karen Benedek, the selection came as good news in a tough economic climate. “This CPP participation accelerates the pace we can provide product for the Army and, ultimately, transition the technology to its significant applications in commercial shipping and storage. It is great news to receive this support in these difficult economic times,” said Ms. Benedek. “With the CPP supporting field demonstration of the product, we can plan for manufacturing implementation and ramp-up at our facilities,” said Mr. Carbone.

The freshness enhancement technology works by removing ethylene, a naturally occurring plant hormone emitted by many fruits and vegetables, from the atmosphere of refrigerated containers used in shipping and storage. By removing ethylene safely, in a cost effective manner, the fruits and vegetables maintain their color, texture, and taste. Without the technology in place, extended storage of mixed loads of fruits and vegetables can lead to excessive ripening, russet spotting, bitterness, softness, rotting, or toughening of the produce. The loss of produce costs the Army, and the US agricultural industry, lots of money. Up to 20% of each load can be ruined in transportation.
The identification of Primaira, LLC for the CPP was based on its supporting the CPP mission goals of: 1) addressing high priority Army needs, 2) exhibiting potential for accelerated transition, and 3) offering high commercialization potential.

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 authorizes a Commercialization Pilot Program (CPP) under the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of each Military Department. The purpose of the CPP is to accelerate the transition of SBIR-funded technologies to Phase III, especially into systems being developed, acquired and maintained for the warfighter. This can be done through activities that enhance the connectivity among SBIR-firms, prime contractors, and DoD science & technology and acquisition communities.

Primaira, LLC develops market-driven products, creates valuable intellectual property, and enables successful commercialization and product launch through specialized manufacturing. In addition to developing and commercializing its freshness enhancement technology, Primaira offers a full range of Product Development Services for the medical, appliance and consumer products industry.

For further information about Primaira, please visit www.primaira.com or contact the Company at info@primaira.com or 781-937-0202 X 101.