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Fresh produce is more susceptible to disease organisms because of increase in the respiration rate after harvesting. The respiration of fresh fruits and vegetables can be reduced by many preservation techniques. Modified atmospheres (MA), i.e., elevated concentrations of carbon dioxide and reduced levels of oxygen and ethylene, can be useful supplements to provide optimum temperature and relative humidity in maintaining the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables after harvest.

Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) technology is largely used for minimally processed fruits and vegetables including fresh, “ready-to-use” vegetables.                                                        Extensive research has been done in this research area for many decades. Oxygen, CO2, and N2, are most often used in MAP. The recommended percentage of O2 in a modified atmosphere for fruits and vegetables for both safety and quality falls between 1 and 5%. Although other gases such as nitrous and nitric oxides, sulphur dioxide, ethylene, chlorine, as well as ozone and propylene oxide have also been investigated, they have not been applied commercially due to safety, regulatory, and cost considerations. Successful control of both product respiration and ethylene production and perception by MAP can result in a fruit or vegetable product of high organoleptic quality; however, control of these processes is dependent on temperature control.

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Featured in Packaging World, June 30, 2014

ORICS MAP comes to dairy Packaging machines

Described as “the first application of modified atmosphere packaging technology in a dairy product,” a 6.5-oz whipped cheese product from New Holland, PA-based BC-USA was the subject of a feature story in our February issue of 1995, year two of Packaging World’s existence.

Peter Ouwerkerk, Engineering and Development Manager at the subsidiary of France’s Bongrain Soparind Groupe said this at the time: “Some dairy packagers minimize residual oxygen by blowing nitrogen into or across the container to displace oxygen, but they don’t remove it first and then back flush as we do. Now MAP comes to dairy ” A six-up system from [ORICS] was the machine used to fill the package.

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Original Article:  Packaging World, June 30, 2014

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Chips-and-salsa MAP pack debuts

The creative minds behind the AriZona Beverages brand have made their first major foray into food, launching a unique salsa-and-chips meal kit under the new Blue Luna Café brand.


After chips are deposited into a thermoformed tray salsa is hot-filled into a “cup” that’s actually a compartment formed out of one corner of the tray. The tray is nitrogen-flushed to drive out o2 and heat-sealed with lidding material. The combination of hot-filling gas flushing and barrier materials contributes to the nonrefrigerated shelf life of six months.

The tray is thermoformed of polypropylene by Rexam Containers (Union MO) and incorporates an ethylene vinyl alcohol barrier. Not only is the tray substantial enough to accommodate the hot-fill “We also wanted to give the consumer something that’s strong enough to really facilitate on-the-go [consumption]” says John Balboni executive vice president of business development for Ferrolito Vultaggio & Sons in Lake Success NY. That firm owns the Blue Luna Café and AriZona brands.

The specs and supplier of the lidstock hadn’t been finalized as Packaging World went to press though Balboni says the lidding will likely consist of a metallized structure with EVOH for barriers against moisture and O2 respectively. The lidding of the sample shown is flexo-printed though Balboni says the company will switch to gravure to obtain better graphics.

The tray will be packed automatically on custom-built tray fill/seal equipment from ORICS (Farmingdale, NY). Balboni claims the linear machine will reach speeds of 80 to 100 trays/min. A much smaller rotary machine also from Orics is currently being used to produce the pack. At press time the firm hadn’t made a final decision where the product will be contract-packaged.

The new package sells for approximately $1.49 for 3 oz of chips and 3 oz of salsa. It debuted last month in c-stores in the metro New York City area and is expected to go national says Balboni. Retailers also will receive a unique P-O-P display that holds eight packages and can hang on a wall sit on a counter or attach to the side of a display cooler.

The early feedback? “It’s been fabulous” says Balboni. “We were planning on sending a pallet or two [to distributors] and we’re getting truckload orders.”

Originally Appeared: Packaging World, November 30, 1998

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