UltraFreshSystem Offers Innovative Packaging For Fresh-Cut Produce

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UltraFreshSystem Offers Innovative Packaging For Fresh-Cut Produce

As a trusted leader in the industrial printing equipment industry, Markem-Imaje realizes the importance of food safety for manufacturers of fresh produce. Recently, Sonoco, a global provider of consumer and protective packaging headquartered in Hartsville, S.C. united with Paper Pak Industries and Bunzl Distribution to introduce an innovative new packaging design for fresh-cut produce. The UltraFreshSystem essentially helps reduce the growth of mold, yeast and other microorganisms, keeping foods fresher and making them safe to eat for a longer period of time. The UltraFreshSystem works to extend the shelf life of fresh produce by drawing moisture away through the use of the UltraZapXtendaPak food safety pad manufactured by Paper Pak Industries. The pad not only absorbs excess moisture, but emits carbon dioxide which inhibits the growth of microorganisms. The thermoformed tray manufactured by Sonoco provides an insert that directs moisture and liquid away from the packaging. Not only is the freshness and quality of fresh-cut produce maintained, the produce also looks visually fresher to the consumer. According to Rodger Fuller, V.P. of Sonoco Global Rigid Plastics, the UltraFreshSystem package extends shelf life and delivers exceptional merchandising appeal in a way that is cost-effective to manufacturers. Fresh produce is often a source of Salmonella, E. Coli and other bacteria which put consumer health and safety at risk. This innovative new packaging technique may help reduce the occurrence of foodborne bacteria. The new packaging also creates less waste because it is manufactured with less plastic, and minimizes the risk of cross contamination due to its ability to seal quicker at lower temperatures. Many components of packaging help keep consumers safe, including information offered on packages such as best-by and expiration dates and ingredient lists. Indelible, durable printing that holds up under the most demanding conditions is essential in food safety today, and production downtime is a major concern for manufacturers; we offer unsurpassed solutions. A global leader in the industrial printing equipment industry, Markem-Imaje offers coding and marking systems that include thermal transfer, laser, and industrial inkjet printers as well as traceability solutions. We applaud Sonoco, Paper Pak and Bunzi Distribution on this recent accomplishment!

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