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Active paper packaging extends life of fruit and vegetables

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Active paper packaging extends life of fruit and vegetables
Innovative use of natural plant extracts to extend shelf life of fruit and vegetables.
In Use – Commercially available, although no examples of its current commercial use have been identified.

Benefits
Product Waste Reduction, Shelf life extension

Product Categories
Food, Other

Relevant Materials
Paper

Relevant Packaging Formats
Other

Supply Chain Phase
Packing, Retailing, Storage, Supply Chain handling systems and store replenishment, Transportation, Other

Details

A botanically-infused packaging paper holds the potential to significantly extend the shelf-life of fresh produce, according to the company that developed it.
The active packaging Paper is infused with a solution of organic and botanical extracts which have been proven to extend the shelf-life of perishable produce significantly, by more than double in some cases. The paper inhibits the growth of bacteria, fungus and enzymes that cause perishable food degradation and it is claimed to be up to 75% as effective as refrigeration.

Scientific studies have shown that “FenugreenFreshPaper" has been shown to extend shelf-life of perishable produce by to 2-4 times,” in a natural and sustainable way.
 
Whilst the exact details of the botanicals used is not disclosed the invention is based on a traditional Indian curative recipe. The product is simple to use and consists of placing the infused paper in close proximity to the perishable items.  The paper can be used at all supply chain stages inclusing distribution, retail and in the home.
 
“FenugreenFreshPaper" has been developed by the Fenugreen company in the U.S.A.
 
The content in this entry has been obtained from publicly available information sources only (e.g. press releases, website and trade press articles) and is subject to completion of a validation process with the technology supplier.

Potential Benefits

The greatest potential for this product is in shelf life extension of fresh fruit and vegetable products and the potential to reduce food wastage.  The solution is simple and easy to use which is an important consideration if it is to achieve widespread adoption.  The product is also made entirely from sustainable materials.

Intellectual Property

The product has been developed and is marketed by Fenugreen LLC of the USA

Consultant View

This technology is interesting for it's innovative use of a traditional Indian curative preparation in solving a current "real world" issue.  The product has great potential to reduce food waste by inhibiting food decay and it's ease of use will be useful in promoting more widespread adoption.  Researchers are advised to search on the internet for other technological solutions to the food waste issue.  The REID database contains several examples of such technologies including use of phages and other active packaging solutions to prolong shelf life in a variety of products.

Contacts and Further Information

Fenugreen, LLC
Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA
USA
 

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