Fresh, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables are part of a balanced, healthy diet for people of all ages. However, these foods experience nutrient degradation and spoilage over time. To ensure that both the health and flavor benefits of these food products are preserved, freshness is paramount.

At Point Five Packaging, LLC, we offer a range of solutions to lengthen the shelf life of fresh produce. Our packaging options preserve everything from the taste and aroma of produce to its valuable nutrients for optimal nutritional value. Learn more about the types of vegetable and fruit package options that we offer and how we can support freshness in your consumable goods from the factory to the sales point.

Technology and Considerations for Produce Packaging

Through modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) technology, Point Five Packaging can decrease the oxidation process within produce and other food packaging to keep MAP fruits and vegetables from degrading as quickly. One MAP method, gas flushing, is a nitrogen-packed food technique ideal for displacing oxygen within produce packaging. Barrier packaging films are another option, keeping contaminants, moisture and gases from the produce for enhanced shelf life.

Using advanced technology for fresh produce packaging is an important consideration for growers, retailers and consumers alike. Farmers know that well-made packaging will help keep products fresh and in marketable condition longer, free of contaminants and damage. Retailers depend on appealing packaging to help sell products that consumers will want to pick up while keeping produce fresh on their shelves. Consumers expect packaging to deliver a safe product with proper labeling in a convenient format for grab-and-go needs.

Produce food packaging made with MAP technology achieves the following:

  • Lengthening product shelf life. Produce food packaging protects fruits and vegetables from external elements and premature spoilage, keeping nutrients in and slowing dehydration to prevent unnecessary food waste. We can control or modify the atmosphere inside the packaging to keep produce continually fresh without the need for vacuum sealing, preservatives or artificial additives.
  • Significantly reducing the risk of contamination. Packaging protects produce from environmental factors like gases, chemicals, moisture and ultraviolet light. It also safeguards against biological threats like insects, rodents and pathogens that accelerate spoilage and spread disease. Vegetable and fruit packaging provides a barrier against these agents to keep produce safe.
  • Protecting products from damage. Packaging helps reduce the risk of damage that comes from shock, vibration and impact during product transportation and more. It helps prevent foods from being crushed or bruised so that consumers will want to buy them.
  • Increasing product impact on consumers. Attractive packaging makes an impact on consumers, encouraging them to make a purchase and differentiating a product from its competitor. Also, fresh food looks more appealing to better the chances that consumers will make a purchase.
  • Product innovation and convenience. Using cutting-edge packaging materials and designs, produce can now be packed in ready-to-eat, pre-seasoned and microwaveable formats as well as smaller grab-and-go portions for today’s active lifestyle.

Food Packaging Materials for Ready-to-Eat Meals

In addition to our capabilities for numerous packaging processes, our versatile equipment options enable us to work with a variety of materials, as well. These include:

High-barrier polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for cups and trays

Crystal-clear amorphous-polyethylene terephthalate (APET) for cups, trays and clamshells

Crystallized polyethylene terephthalate (C-PET) for dual ovenable products

Aluminum for trays and pans

Roastable and ovenable films

Forming and non-forming films

Microwavable steam films (lid stock or roll stock)

High- and low-barrier lid films

With these capabilities, Point Five Packaging is able to package fresh and pre-cooked fruits and vegetables, as well as roastable, steamable and microwavable products. If we don’t have exactly what you need for your application in our expansive inventory of thousands of stock items, we will work with you to custom-design a container or tray to fit your specific needs, all at low order minimums. We also offer prototyping and affordable custom tooling to best serve you.

Food Packaging Machines for Produce Packaging

Between our advanced machine systems and our usage of high-quality materials, Point Five Packaging is able to offer a wide variety of packaging options for numerous applications. Our equipment line includes:

Produce Packaging From P5P

Using the latest production and modified atmosphere packaging systems, Point Five Packaging offers a diverse range of produce packaging possibilities. From single pre-packaged vegetables to veggie medleys and whole fruit to fruit salads, Point Five Packaging provides many different shapes and sizes of packaging to ensure freshness and quality for as long as possible. Our packaging not only optimizes shelf life but also protects produce and increases its appeal for customer consumption.

In addition to packaging, we also offer in-house designing, just-in-time (JIT) inventory supply and management, warehousing, logistics and co-packing partnerships to provide more comprehensive services. Contact us to discuss your produce packaging requirements, or request a quote today.

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