With supply chain length increasing for sourcing fresh produce from further away, micro perforation from Select Packaging Systems , is a solution which ensures produce retains its appearance and reaches consumers with minimal waste stock.
Compared to traditional clam shell packaging, micro perforation locks in nutrients and extends the shelf life of the produce, without having to add preservatives, which is benficial for those with organic produce. Rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, strawberries continue to be one of the fastest growing summer fruits in European markets. For this reason, micro perforation has already been implemented in various countries including Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and Spain.
Using micro perforated ﬁlm with strawberries, the shelf life has increased to nine days that is based on storage at 12° C. Clam shell packaging has only a maximum shelf life of six days (based on storage at 12° C) before signs of decay are detected. The micro perforated ﬁlm retards fungus growth in the strawberries, retaining their appearance and extending their supermarket shelf life.
The packaging design of micro perforation enables packs to be stacked evenly on one another. Since the ﬁlm is sealed, consumers are prevented from ‘sampling’ the produce in the supermarket before purchasing. In addition to strawberries the micro perforated ﬁlm can also be used for mushrooms or asparagus.