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Special  –  Post-Harvest 2018

US: Fresh processor now bringing fresh cut produce coast to coast

One fresh-cut produce processor has expanded its operations, to include eight manufacturing locations. With facilities in seven states and one province, Your Way*Fresh said it now has the capacity to bring fresh-cut fruit and vegetable products to every part of the United States and Canada."We have seen a.....

US (VA): Organic farm uses cooling system to improve handling

Produce growers are seeing the value of installing a new type of cooling to properly refrigerate their fresh fruits and vegetables.Old Dominion Organic Farms in Dundas, VA, has been using a Jet-Ready precooler, manufactured by Global Cooling, to properly cool its fresh produce. Jordan Brandon, owner, says.....

Temperature, CO2, and O2 levels are adjustable while at sea

“We provide remote, in-transit corrective actions to containerized shipments”

All year long, vessels shipping fresh produce are moving all over the globe and are in some cases out at sea for a time frame of 30 days or more. Importers, shippers, traders, also called beneficial cargo owners, all want their produce to arrive at the destination in excellent condition for optimum.....
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Vegetable packer launches new veggie noodles and rice

Mann Packing Company today announced the launch of its first complete line of fresh Veggie Noodles and Veggie Rice.Following the launch of its Spicy Thai Nourish Bowls featuring fresh kohlrabi noodles last year, the company is now offering a full line of standalone veggie noodle products including Butternut.....

Europe uses Dutch calculation model for risk assessment of pesticides

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will be using a Dutch calculation model, which maps the risks posed to consumers by the cumulative exposure to multiple pesticide residues in food. The Monte Carlo Risk Assessment (MCRA) program is an independent research tool from the Dutch government, developed by.....

Study shows reusable plastic containers emit 60% less CO2

A new study, Carbon Footprint of Food Packaging, comparing the carbon footprints of reusable plastic containers (RPCs) and single-use cardboard boxes, has shown that RPCs emit 60 percent less CO2 when used for packaging, shipping and storing fresh produce. Published in February 2018, the study was conducted.....

Microsoft and Bühler looking to close the chain

Bühler is set to unveil digital technologies that include minimizing toxic contamination, reducing food waste and increasing end product quality across the whole food value chain as part of a new partnership with Microsoft. The new digital solutions and services will be presented at the Microsoft booth at.....

Solidus Solutions, solid cardboard trays for Chinese vegetables:

"After all, you want your product to reach the customer in perfect order"

Solidus Solutions has developed packaging for various kinds of Chinese vegetables. They did this in cooperation with Freshchoi BV. The packaging has a moisture-resistant coating and offset printing. This makes it clearly recognisable in the fresh fruit and vegetable sector.According to Lauran Jansen, Sales.....

Relaunch of kits with new blends to target a wider consumer base

Chopped kits are biggest segment in salad category

Mother Nature has to provide the raw materials: the results are packaged for convenience and marketed in the bagged salad category. More and more people are choosing to eat at home, driving sales for chopped salad kits and lessening the frequency of restaurant consumption. Chopped Kits have been responsible.....

NASA using Modified Atmosphere Packaging to send produce into space

PEAKfresh USA today announces that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is utilizing PEAKfresh produce bags on its latest resupply mission via SpaceX CRS-14. The launch successfully took place Monday, April 2, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. EDT from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and will.....

Ultra-thin MA film seeks to revolutionize packaging

Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) has been around for three decades already and in recent years it's gained acceptance as the market appreciates its performance preserving the freshness of fresh produce and reducing waste in the logistic chain. Alongside with the benefits also comes the cost which is.....

Nanocomposites improve tomato and peach shelf life

A food packaging material consisting of bacterial cellulose impregnated with silver nanoparticles has proved successful in doubling the shelf life of fresh tomatoes.Silver nanoparticles, known for their antimicrobial properties, were incorporated into bacterial cellulose prepared using Gluconacetobacter.....

Italy: Only three hours between harvesting and freezing

The Agrifood Abruzzo freezing facility is located in the Fucino plain and is surrounded by 14 thousand hectares producing all kinds of vegetables. "It only takes us three hours to freeze vegetables after they are harvested, which is very good when it comes to quality," explains director Gianluca Del.....

Marc Pajotin, Frais Emincés:

“Vegetable spaghetti is now a consumer product”

The French company Frais Emincés has been commercialising fresh cut vegetables for about twenty years. Recently the company broadened its product range by offering vegetable spaghetti. The different spaghetti are made of sweet potato, zucchini, butternut squash and carrot. Marc Pajotin, Frais Émincés: “The.....