TransFresh Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiquita Brands, announced that its flagship technology, Tectrol Modified Atmosphere Packaging Systems. Recognized worldwide for delivering an added level of protection to help ensure the quality and marketability of fresh strawberries, Tectrol System has been significantly modified to help deliver more consistent supplies of fresh blueberries.
TransFresh has successfully completed a multi-year research and development initiative resulting in a unique Tectrol Storage Solution that utilizes Apio’s patented BreatheWay Technology to deliver a sealed package system with adjustable oxygen transfer rates that react dynamically to changes in temperature and berry respiration for more reliable fresh blueberry storage. Apio is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Landec Corporation.
According to TransFresh, the breakthrough sealed pallet process delivers to customers a unique storage solution with stable oxygen and carbon dioxide. “What’s remarkable about the Tectrol Storage Solution for fresh blueberries is that the innovative zip-sealed pallet system combined with the patented breathable membrane allows just the right amount of oxygen transfer needed by the fruit, resulting in greater atmosphere control than previously possible and a virtually fool-proof packaging operation,” says Rich Macleod, vice president for TransFresh Corporation.
“Customers who may have struggled in the past to meet the specific atmosphere needs of fresh blueberries are now finding they have a new solution available with higher consistency and a more stable atmosphere for greater storage reliability,” he adds.
TransFresh expects that its new storage solution can be adapted to other commodities such as fresh cherries and grapes. To develop the unique Tectrol Storage Solution for fresh blueberries, TransFresh looked more closely at storage needs versus shipping needs.
In completing the initiative, TransFresh drew upon the extensive expertise of Apio’s BreatheWay Technology team and also worked alongside several of the key customers who participate in the fresh blueberry industry. BreatheWay Technology is a trademark of Apio.