About the QfreshLAB

The QfreshLAB is the first fully independent, quality, analytical and packaging laboratory supporting the fresh produce industry. We are a third-party testing facility that allows fresh produce grower-shippers to quantify the physiological properties of their produce. In addition, it is possible to have packaging validated and optimized to increase produce quality and shelf-life. Our capabilities also include comparing a shipper’s packaged salad to the competitor’s product, and comparing products within a retail and food service environment.

The facility is based in Salinas, CA; the heart of the global fresh produce industry.

The laboratory is managed by Eric Vandercook with support from founder Jeff Brandenburg of the JSB Group. Eric has B.Sc. degrees in Biochemistry and Food Science and has worked for a decade in various food industries including fresh cut produce, fresh pressed juices and dietary supplements. Read more


Principals:

Jeff Brandenburg, the President of The JSB Group, LLC has over 37 years of experience in packaging and packaging design. Jeff has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University, with a minor Biomedical Engineering, and a M.S. in Food Safety from Michigan State University. He serves on the technology boards and councils of a number of trade and industry organizations; is the primary author and reviewer of numerous trade articles as well as association guidance documents. Jeff was the lead author for the Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) chapter for CRC’s latest publication on Modified and Controlled Atmospheres.

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Eric Vandercook, QfreshLAB Director, has a B.Sc. degrees in Biochemistry and Food Science and has worked for a decade in various food industries including fresh cut produce, fresh pressed juices and dietary supplements.

Eric is PCQI certified, is an active member of IFT,  and active in the post-harvest community; partnering with Universities to help solve and advise on post-harvest challenges.  He has a hands-on approach to problem solving and can help to quickly solve difficult problems through experimentation.

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QfreshLAB Notes

From the desk of the QfreshLAB Team— The importance of quantifying respiration rate (RR):  The QfreshLAB can measure and quantify the respiration of your products at different temperatures and under differing levels of abuse and stress. This allows us to map respiration rate changes under differing conditions.  If fresh produce modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), design is attempted and … Continue reading QfreshLAB Notes

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