As consumer demands for fresh and wholesome food products without preservatives continue to increase, brand owners are seeking innovative solutions to extend the shelf life of their products. To meet these market needs, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America will showcase a flexible packaging technology that potentially more than doubles the shelf life of food products at PACK EXPO Las Vegas from September 25-27 (Central Hall, Booth 3636). The technology keeps foods fresher and enhances the consumer appeal of popular brands while minimizing food waste and costs.
Mitsubishi’s technology, embedded as a film layer within flexible packaging, removes oxygen trapped within sealed packages to safely extend and protect original food flavors, aromas and textures without the need for sachets or packets. Ideal for retort packaging applications, the solution protects products such as soups, sauces, processed fruit, dips, protein bars, prepared meals, wet pet foods, as well as an array of natural and organic and gluten-free products that are particularly vulnerable to food spoilage. The preservative-free innovation which prevents mold growth and color changes, odors and spoilage in foods is FDA approved.
The innovation also eliminates the need for additional sodium, spices and other additives to counteract the effects of high heat required in retort processing. By removing the oxygen within sealed bags and pouches, Mitsubishi’s technology allows food brands to retain their original natural flavors, mouth-feel and savory tastes.
The technology’s ability to extend product shelf life addresses concerns about food waste, which are top of mind for retailers and consumers alike. The USDA estimates that supermarkets lose $15 billion annually in unsold fruit and vegetables alone. Mitsubishi’s packaging solution helps reduce food waste and saves retailers on associated costs.
The technology is now available as a resin to North American film producers and converters.
Mitsubishi will also provide resin samples to film processors and converters to test run the innovative technology.
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