"Shelf-life of bananas extended by 2-3 weeks"

Flexfresh by Uflex plans to step up the Freshness and Sustainability Quotient of ANUGA FOODTEC 2018.

Sustainable Development Goal No. 2 is a Clarion Call to Action by the United Nations for systematically ending hunger and achieving food security for all by 2030. As a tangible and definitive contribution to the 2nd Sustainable Development Goal that was universally acclaimed along with 16 other goals in 2015, India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company, under the aegis of Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, has come up with Flexfresh.

It works on the principle of Active Modified Atmospheric Packaging (AMAP) Technology. Flexfresh is a special patented film made of proprietary polymeric composition that elongates the shelf life of highly perishable fresh produce like fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Flexfresh works in conjunction with a Fast Respiration Meter and Laser Perforation system supplied by Perfotec B.V. of The Netherlands. While the respiration meter ascertains the respiration rate of the fresh produce, the laser system uses this information to adapt the permeability of the film with the help of perforation matrix.

Citing a few success stories, Mr. Siva Shankaran, Vice President, Flexfresh at Uflex Limited said, “A prominent European Retail Chain conducted a litmus trial with Flexfresh bags by shipping Blueberries from South America to Europe. This journey usually takes more than 5 weeks by sea. While the loose blueberries resulted in an average weight loss of 19.96%, those packed in Flexfresh had shed merely 0.76% weight after a period of 7 weeks, thus registering a phenomenal 96% reduction in weight loss upon arrival.

One of the recent successes with a major Banana exporter has borne significant benefits in extending the shelf life of the fruit in its green-phase; reduction in weight loss and ability to carry out ethylene treatment without opening the bag as is the convention thereby saving significant labour cost and ensuring better product delivery for the consumer. 

The solution provides a total reduction of the supply chain costs as the banana is available for longer periods thereby ensuring, in both situations, that one is able to absorb sudden market demands and also reduce wastage as the holding period is now extended by 2-3 weeks before ethylene treatment.
Flexfresh liner bag has recently been accredited by Indian Council of Agricultural Research – National Research Centre on Pomegranate (ICAR-NRCP), Solapur Maharashtra.”

Talking about Flexfresh, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “Research has proven beyond reasonable doubt that flexible packaging with features like re-closability, optimum barrier properties etc. aid in protecting food from being wasted. Flexfresh has stood the test of time extending shelf-life of highly perishable fresh produce and preventing associated wastage. By its very design Flexfresh is the first ever film for packing fresh produce that is bio-degradable by composting.

Studies have also proven that the energy required for manufacturing flexible packaging is just about 10% of the total energy required in producing the food and getting it from the farm to table. Thus there is merit in embracing flexible packaging for protecting food from being wasted. 

Through a platform as prestigious as ANUGA FOODTEC, I would like to call upon the global fraternity to do all that it takes to prevent food wastage, promote sustainability and combat hunger. I invite you all at Hall 8, Booth F-035 from 20-23 March at ANUGA FOODTEC 2018 in Cologne, Germany as Flexfresh steps up the freshness and sustainability quotient of the event.”

For more information:
Rohit Sharma
Uflex Limited

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