Permeable film offers extended fresh produce shelf life

Food packaging supplier Sirane has said its new Sira-Flex Resolve film can extend the shelf life of fresh produce by up to five days.

The film is able to optimise humidity control as well as oxygen and carbon dioxide permeability, which adjusts to suit the store temperature.

As a consequence, said Sirane managing director Simon Balderson: "There is no condensation on the inside of the film and the product does not dry out."

Made of a plant-derived polymer, the film is suitable for all types of vegetables including salads as well as many types of fresh fruit, he added. And being a natural product, it is compostable.

"Shelf-life extension is the holy grail for the fruit and vegetable industry," said Balderson. "If we can add a few more days, then we can reduce the amount of food waste and significantly reduce costs, and also make it more likely that the consumer will get a product in good condition."

The film also has the potential to make imports of many fruits and vegetables more viable, he added.

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