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Holey Alliance to extend Shelf Life

April 22
09:41 2013

Two flexible packaging converters, Exopack LLC and Kobusch Group, have reached an agreement with PerfoTec  BV, which has recently joined AIPIA, to offer a packaging solution that improves the shelf life of fresh produce. PerfoTec, a developer of modified atmosphere packaging technology, based in Mijdrecht, the Netherlands, says it has developed a system that can extend shelf life and reduce product spoilage.

The Dutch firm supplies specialised equipment to measure the respiration rates of fresh fruits and vegetables prior to packaging. Software provided by the company calculates the film permeability required for optimal respiration of the packaged produce. A laser perforation system then uses that information to adapt the film permeability through precise micro perforations and an integrated camera inspects each perforation for accurate diameter and space.

“The PerfoTec technology will allow us to expand our current product offerings to the produce market and provide our customers with a sustainable alternative to their current packaging methods,” said Virag Patel, vice president of international strategies for Exopack.

PerfoTec will manufacture and deliver the required equipment and software to customers, as well as provide training and ongoing system support. Exopack and Kobusch will supply those customers with film and offer ongoing product support. The agreement will allow the two converters to expand their current film offerings to fresh produce customers in North America and Europe.

Both converters are owned by private equity firm Sun Capital Partners Inc.

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