Produce shelf life is determined by many factors – temperature, moisture, oxygen levels, and sensitivity to ethylene. Packaging these products presents an issue when they are covered as trapped ethylene increases deterioration rate and lowers the shelf life of produce. This is a prevalent difficulty in the prepared meal-kit sector which uses a variety of vegetables for their dishes. It is necessary for the produce to last through a varying distribution system as well as keep longer for the kits sold in stores.
One solution to extend the life of produce is found in Green Bags. The packaging contains an ethylene absorbing technology which takes in the gasses naturally generated by the produce. This reduction yields a longer shelf life especially when the products are stored in the corresponding recommended temperature range for the specific food.
In a rudimentary experiment, Point Five tested to see how well the bags measured up to expectations. A variety of vegetables were purchased from a local grocery store and packed in three formats: original packaging, microwavable bags, and Green Bags. The bags were kept for 21 days at refrigeration temperatures. Overall, the produce stored in the Green Bags were preserved better than those stored in both the original packaging and the microwavable bags.
The spinach in the Green Bags, showed on the right, did show signs of wilting; however, there was less moisture build-up and reduced deterioration overall.
The radishes stored in the Green Bags showed little to no deterioration over the three weeks.
The broccoli in the original packaging were slightly discolored, but the samples stored in the Green Bags were still bright green.
The green beans kept in the Green Bags had the best overall results with little to no color, texture, or aroma changes.
Green Bags are offered in roll stock, custom sizes and colors, and in stock sizes. For more information or to request a quote, contact us today.
Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) is safe and natural method of extending shelf life for fresh food products without the addition of artificial preservatives. MAP greatly reduces the oxygen content in a food package and replaces the head space in the container with a natural inert gas such as nitrogen or carbon dioxide which are in the air we breathe. These inert gases coupled with the lack of oxygen prevent bacteria and mold from forming on the food in the package thus extending the shelf life. Point Five has one of the most unique methods of applying a modified atmosphere to a food container in that our systems do not use a mechanical vacuum to remove the oxygen. We use a quick and gentle flush of gas that does not harm or affect taste, texture, or appearance.
This fully automated, turnkey hummus packaging system incorporates the Point Five MAP method and is available for immediate purchase and delivery. Increase your productivity and yield today – Contact us for a quote.
- Automatic cup denester
- Piston filler with 30 gallon product hopper
- Filler adjustable from 8-32 oz
- Topping dispenser
- Modified atmosphere cup sealing – Gas flush for extra shelf life
- Auto Lid applicator
- Independent lane operation
- Up to 40 cups per minute
- Tooled for industry standard 5.5″ and 4.5″ cups
- Other sizes available on request
- Ideal for any pumpable product such as soups, creams, yogurt, guacamole, salsa, dips, deli salads, etc.
A Leader in Packaging Solutions
Point Five Packaging was established in 2010 as a full service distributor and packaging systems supplier with an intense focus on the food industry. In a few short years Point Five has developed a network of suppliers and resources that delivers the most advanced materials and packaging technology to today’s food processors and retail environments. Our team of packaging and food industry veterans lends expertise to package design as well as operational layout efficiency and productivity.
Food Packaging Supplies – Concept to Market
Point Five boasts an enormous stock tooling program for thermoformed and injection molded food packaging supplies, including Polypropylene (microwave safe), crystal clear APET thermoformed trays and aluminum containers and are industry leaders in the supply of CPET, dual ovenable containers and products. Our low cost tooling allows for a lower barrier of entry for smaller, start-up companies and lower volume runs. Our stock inventory program can be customized to each of our customers delivery needs. We have the fastest concept to market capability in the country with in-house tray designers that bring your packaging ideas to life.
With an ever increasing installation base, more and more food processors are finding out that Point Five delivers effective shelf life solutions that cut cost, improve productivity and drive revenues at the highest possible velocity to market.
To learn more about Point Five Packaging’s food production packaging solutions, contact us today.