Trade Resources Industry Views New Packaging Solution Extends Shelf-Life of Cut Fruit by up to 4 Days

New Packaging Solution Extends Shelf-Life of Cut Fruit by up to 4 Days

A new fruit packaging solution which features Sirane's shelf-life extending technology has demonstrated significant shelf-life extension with punnets of cut fruit.

The new packaging range has been developed in collaboration with Ilip, an Italian firm.

Sirane has launched the new packaging at Fruit Logistica in Berlin at the beginning this year and has since been shown at several fruit trade shows and conference across Europe.

Trial runs were conducted by the University of Turin at were commissioned by Ilip.

Sirane claims that there are several case studies on fruits show several benefits. In case of grapes, the system can prevent wilting and delays from fungal growth, while flavour is being maintained.

In case of mushroom it has shown to maintain whiteness and prevent disclouration. On the other hand, with berries, it has been, it has shown to have slowed down ripening, delaying the detachment of berries from their stalks, while helping delay fungal growth on the surface of the fruit.

Sirane fresh produce packaging sales manager Karl Heggarty said: “Life+ offers shelf-life extension by combining various elements into one complete packaging solution, including the anti-mist punnet tray, packaging films and absorbent technology.

“We offer the absorbency, with options including anti-bacterial and ethylene absorbency, both of which can have a positive impact on the shelf-life of soft and delicate fruits.

“During recent independently-run trials, portions of cut fruit - apples, pineapples, kiwi and melon – was receiving an additional two to four days shelf-life using Life+ when compared with standard tray and films, which would make a huge difference to retailers.”

Ilip sales and marketing director Roberto Zanichelli said: “Life+ has been gathering substantial positive reactions from our partners and from the sector in general.

“This is proof of the impact our project will have on product shelf life and on the maintenance of freshness when it comes to delicate products, such as berries, strawberries, cherry-tomatoes and grapes, on which tests have been very successful.”

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