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US: Edible coating keeps avocados green

NatureSeal, a Westport, Connecticut-based subsidiary of RPM International Inc. in Medina County, has invented a food-grade formula to keep avocados and guacamole fresh, green and appetizing for up to four hours out of the refrigerator and up to three days when chilled.

Developed for and formerly only available to the food-service industry, NatureSeal for Guacamole & Avocado and NatureSeal for Fresh-Cut Produce will be offered to consumers at www.natureseal.com by next week. Until then, it can be ordered via phone at 1-800-344-4229. It costs $11 for a box of five packs for either product.

RPM will introduce the avocado formula to its shareholders at its annual meeting Thursday.

The food-grade coating, like NatureSeal's other products for freshly cut fruits and vegetables, is tasteless, odorless, free of allergens and sulfites, and Kosher and Halal certified. "Sulfites are commonly used to prevent oxidative browning, and we wanted to offer a replacement that was a non-allergen and healthy to consume," Murphy said.

"NatureSeal for Fresh-cut Produce will maintain the color and texture of sliced apples, pears, stone fruit, carrots and celery, without altering the flavor for up to five days refrigerated," she added.

"NatureSeal for Guacamole & Avocado will maintain the same qualities in fresh cut avocado (12 hours refrigerated) as well as guacamole (three days if covered and refrigerated after opening)." That means avocados can be sliced and diced up to eight hours in advance, when refrigerated, for salads and sandwiches.

Visit www.natureseal.com for more information.

Publication date: 10/8/2015


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