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Longer shelf-life for ready-to-eat pomegranate

Pomegranate seeds and juice are naturally packed with flavor, vitamins and other vital ingredients. Today, pomegranates are referred to as "superfruit" - fruit that's not only high in nutrients and antioxidants, but one that has the potential to be beneficial to overall health.

Pomegranates are typically available in the cooler months of September through January, but even the most dedicated consumers find them challenging since peeling and picking the fruited arils takes time and effort. This is where the revolutionary SLB™ technology from Hefestus, Ltd., Israel, comes in.

"Consumers today seek the health benefits of the pomegranate without the hassle of peeling it", says Oded Shtemer, CEO and President of Hefestus. "They want the ‘whole package’: a ready-to-eat superfruit with maximum freshness and ease-of-use. With our proprietary technology, consumers don't have to compromise at all".

Hefestus’ proprietary technology separates the peel from the arils as well as separating them from the paper-thin white membrane surrounding seed clusters, using a unique method based on water and sound-waves. The technology also enables the release of a natural preservative from the skin, which coats each seed and provides natural anti-rancidity protection.

To help suppliers and retailers achieve optimal long-lasting shelf life of peeled pomegranate, Hefestus can also pack the fruit using Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) via a new, patented method of sealing trays called SLB™ – Shelf Life Booster. SLB™ is the finest alternative available today for vacuum packaging, extending product shelf-life without using synthetic preservatives.

"These benefits ensure continuous production and low waste, achieving long-lasting shelf life at relatively low cost," adds Shtemer. Hefestus’ technology is also available for manufacturers of products that contain pomegranate, such as dressings and jams. It is the first technology which provides a full solution, from a whole fruit to separated ready-to-eat arils, or arils ready for juice extraction.

Hefestus Ltd. develops and manufactures premium packaging machines, specializing in unique and comprehensive packaging solutions for food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Hefestus offers a wide selection of standard and custom sealing machines, ranging from manual to fully high-speed automatic lines, which cater to the versatile packaging requirements of both manufacturers and consumers.

Hefestus Ltd.
Tel:     972   4  6271835
Fax:    972   4  6271876

Publication date: 6/15/2010
Author: Nichola Watson


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