Despite best farming practices, cold chain and transportation infrastructures, food waste continues to be a significant issue from delivery to retail to consumption also in the developed world. The AmerFresh Active Packaging System can reduce waste by up to 50%. AmerFresh represents a great sustainable packaging solution for fresh-cut vegetables and fruits, contributing to reduced food waste and a better environment.

 

Developed in concert with PerfoTec BV, the AmerFresh Packaging System uses the latest R&D intelligence specific to fresh-cut vegetables and fruits, as well as Amerplast high-performance film and printing technology and the PerfoTec laser perforation system. It also works in complete synergy with fresh-cut packing equipment.

The key advantages

 

  • Superior consumer appeal
  • Fresher for longer without any added chemicals
  • Longer shelf-life
  • Consistent quality
  • Reduced waste
  • Enhanced logistics cost benefits
  • Better environmental footprint
AmerFresh logo

One of the key variables for fresher produce is the optimisation of oxygen levels within the pack tailored for each type of vegetable and fruit. The AmerFresh Packaging System is designed to inhibit as much as possible the biochemical reactions in fresh produce through better packaging architecture, delivering fresh-cut vegetables and fruits with a longer life cycle. The PerfoTec technology enables individual measurement and tools for optimal oxygen respiration rates for each individual produce.

Market trends

 

  • Both the European Union’s Circular Economy Strategy as well as the UN’s sustainable development goals are aiming to reduce food waste by 50% by the year of 2030. This will require actions throughout the food chain.
  • People are increasingly interested about a healthy lifestyle which includes eating more nutritious and healthy foods. They enjoy natural and fresh foods and are paying more attention to the chemicals added to food products. The AmerFresh solution will extend your products’ shelf life without any added chemicals.

 

 

  • Sustainability is one of today’s key trends and future requirements. Recyclability and the use of recycled or biobased materials are the features now sought after in sustainable flexible packaging solutions.

How does it work?

 

Amerplast high-performance films and bags: Amerplast has developed a wide range of film options for fresh-cut vegetables and fruits, including PET, BOPP, PE and laminates adapting to various packaging methods and requirements such as form-fill-seal or deep drawn packaging. We also provide environmentally sustainable Green PE. Our laminates offer excellent film permeability, allowing an efficient mix of barrier and breathing properties. The films and laminates are stable and perform extremely well on-line at high speed, allowing customers to capture additional downstream value.

 

PerfoTec advanced technology and software: The micro-perforation system developed by PerfoTec is a scientifically highly advanced and unique approach as it matches precisely the required oxygen level for each fresh-cut produce throughout its life cycle. PerfoTec’s method is patented.

 

Respiration Meter
1. The fast respiration meter measures respiration rates of fresh-cut vegetables and fruits during a four-hour period and takes into account seasonal variations.
AMAPsoftware
2. The supplied AMAP software uses the respiration rate to calculate the required Oxygen Transmission Rate (OTR) and adjust laser perforation to match any variation in film thickness.
PerfoTec Laser
3. The Laser Perforation System precisely performs the micro perforation for ensuring the right balance of oxygen inside the pack.
Inspector Camera
4. An integrated camera inspects each micro perforation diameter and shape.

AmerFresh –

part of our AmerGreen Sustainability Program

 

Sustainability is and will remain a key requirement for flexible packaging. At Amerplast, we are relentlessly promoting the use of green packaging solutions simply because we think it is our responsibility as a packaging supplier to constantly search for and bring forward the most environmentally friendly alternatives in materials and technologies for producing high quality packaging solutions.

 

The AmerGreen sustainability program is our quest for a better world. As part of the program, we offer sustainable raw materials and ensured recyclability. Read more >>

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