Horticulture

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AVI Global Plast introduces 100% recycled PET punnets safe for food-contact

Food safety and hygiene are top priorities for considering use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content in food packaging. When AVI Global Plast introduced 80 to 90% recycled PET in films and packaging designs in 2013, they used state-of-the-art co-extrusion equipment to sandwich post-consumer material between virgin materials to deliver exotic fruits across 6 continents, fresh and contamination-free. These were certified by Intertek to authenticate the claim of using recycled content in the final finished pack.

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Carbon-based non-toxic and reusable wrapper to increase shelf life of fruits
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Carbon-Based Non-Toxic and Reusable Wrapper to Increase Shelf- Life of Fruits

Indian scientists have developed a composite paper made of carbon (graphene oxide) loaded with preservatives that can be used as wrappers to help extend shelf life of fruits. Unlike the present preservative dipping technology, where the preservatives are adsorbed by the fruit, causing chronic toxicity to the consumers; here preservatives the wrapper releases the preservative only when needed. The wrapper can be reused, which is not possible with the present technology.

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Temperature Critical in Transport and Storage of Fresh Produce
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Temperature Critical in Transport and Storage of Fresh Produce

Fresh produce degrades much more rapidly as temperatures rise. Cost and complexity of existing data loggers limit their use to pallet or container level. Low-cost liquid indicators can provide temperature / time monitoring down to the smallest packs, ensuring product quality is maintained throughout the lengthiest supply chains.

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Strawberries tracked through QR and RFID
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Strawberries tracked through QR and RFID combination

Belgian fresh fruit and vegetable auctioneers Coöperatie Hoogstraten has worked with RFID technology supplier Aucxis to provide visibility and to track the movements of its strawberries throughout the supply chain. The system enables it to ensure fast and efficient delivery of its empty cardboard trays and punnets to growers for packaging the fruit.

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New compostable packaging doubles shelf life.
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New compostable packaging doubles shelf life.

Tipa’s compostable packaging performs like a conventional plastic but decomposes in compost back into the soil with no toxic residue, microplastics or other pollutants. Its packaging solutions can also fit with industry machinery and manufacturing practicesThe company said the market is expected to increase from US$160.8bn to US$200.5bn by 2025.

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