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Lean and fully recyclable top seal solution launched

Fresh produce packaging innovators StePac Ltd. has expanded its range of top seals with new solutions to boost the retail fresh produce packaging sector. Its newly upgraded portfolio includes lean and fully recyclable easy-peel film structures designed to be sealed onto trays or containers housing produce items such as summer fruits, freshly cut fruits and vegetables, and more.

The films are engineered with StePac's Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) condensation control technology, rendered with capabilities to significantly extend the shelf life of fresh produce and designed to preserve their quality and nutritional value. Its built-in modified atmosphere properties slow respiration inside the packaging, effectively delaying the ageing processes and inhibiting microbial decay.

Leaner, fully recyclable top seal solution
"We are leading the transition from the use of traditional clamshells for packaging fresh berries to leaner, greener, and more attractive top-seal solutions," notes Gary Ward, Ph.D., Business Development Manager for StePac. "This shift is designed to award multiple benefits. Firstly, it generates as much as 25-30% reduction in plastic use as it is a leaner product compared to the commonly used clamshells. Secondly, it is fully recyclable, and thirdly, it provides shelf-life extension properties, enhancing food quality while reducing waste, all of which fall in line with our sustainability strategy. Last but not least, it also ensures food safety."

These solutions are already being used for preserving the quality of summer fruits in the domestic Israeli market by Rafkor. This Israeli company packs and markets fruits grown by the farmers in the Upper Galilee region of Israel. "Since we started using StePac's fully recyclable top seal solution for cherries, litchi, stone fruits, and pears, we have noticed a reduction in waste and quality complaints from our customers," notes Haviv Aharon, CEO of Rafkor. 

Resealable for on-the-go convenience
StePac elegant resealable top seal solutions are also gaining traction. The innovative top-seal is comprised of a laminated structure composed of two layers, with a pressure-sensitive adhesive in between. A die-cut in the lower film layer opens up a window that displays the products packed in the tray and can be cut to the desired dimensions. The adhesive between the two layers is sufficiently strong so that the upper layer of film can be peeled and resealed to the lower layer up to 20 times, making it ideal for multiple servings and can be applied to PET and PP trays as well as eco-sustainable materials. Each time it is resealed, the Modified Atmosphere (MA) activity regenerates and continues to preserve the quality of the food inside the consumer's fridge. 

The resealable film also features a tamper evidence seal assuring customers that the packaging has not been breached or sabotaged in any way before purchase. Ward recalls the strawberry scare in Australia two years ago where sewing needles were planted inside strawberries packed in clamshells.

For more information:
Ms. Hila Nagel
Tel: +972.4.6123.500

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