SAVRpak, a food technology innovation company, announced the launch of SAVRpak Drop-In, a moisture control technology that extends the shelf life and freshness of produce up to four times. It does this by eradicating the number one cause of premature molding, wilting, and spoilage of peel-less and packaged produce, including berries, leafy greens, and mini cucumbers: condensation.
The SAVRpak Drop-In is a thermodynamic, biodegradable, chemical-free pouch that is placed in produce packaging before being sealed. Within just one minute, SAVRpak’s Atmospheric Control and Transmission (ACT) technology removes 50 percent of condensation and then continues to keep condensation from forming by absorbing excess moisture and purifying the atmosphere within the package to slow the aging process. By controlling the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, the moisture that leads to sogginess, mold, and harmful microbial bacteria is eradicated, enabling produce to maintain its freshness up to four times longer.
“We’re excited to be able to address an area of food preservation that has been unachievable to date,” said SAVRpak co-CEO Grant Stafford. “We have successfully transformed the basic technology to address a category that lacked a solution to keep food fresh for longer while reducing food waste.”
The SAVRpak Drop-In will first roll out in the U.S. and Latin America with berry suppliers that have undergone successful trials proving the efficacy of the technology in extending the shelf-life of produce. Trials took place with Divine Flavor for table grapes, RCG Fruits for blackberries, and Agrovision for blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Frubana is also testing SAVRpak’s thermodynamic technology with the intent to maintain the freshness of the produce it ships to restaurants throughout Latin America.
“We saw amazing results through our berry trials with SAVRpak,” said RCG Fruits general director Fernando Garibay. “Blackberries, in particular, are very delicate and often experience postharvest reddening and other changes in visual appearance and taste. SAVRpak proved to keep our berries’ beautiful color intact and kept them fresh for longer.”
Left 14 days without SAVRpak and right 14 days with SAVRpak.
In preliminary trials, SAVRpak has proven to extend the shelf-life of golden berries by 10+ days, blackberries by 7+ days, raspberries by 4-5+ days, and strawberries by 4+ days. Similarly, in a 2021 lab test with the University of California, Davis, romaine lettuce stored with SAVRpak had significantly less condensation and moisture in the bags and had lower water soaking, decay, and wilting scores compared to control samples. UC Davis also found that SAVRpak decreased the bacteria found in lettuce across all storage protocols and evaluation days compared to control samples. In the coming months, SAVRpak will begin cucumber trials with Agrizar.
Strawberries kept at room temperature for eight days without SAVRpak.