“We have been working closely with PerfoTec since 2009 to constantly monitor & improve our packaging. Central to all of this is their Fast Respiration Meter which is a huge game changer in our quality assurance system. We are constantly measuring the respiration rates of the products we export, and this enables us to design optimum packaging across the year. This in turn ensures we give our customers great quality and shelf life.“
Mr. Snehal Patel, Kenya Horticultural Exporters
Fruits, veggies and flowers keep ‘breathing’ even after they’ve been packed. That’s what we call fresh produce respiration. When you know how fast they breathe, you know the respiration rate. Now you can design your packaging to slow down the respiration, so the produce goes to sleep and stays fresh longer.
When the product is ‘sleeping’ it deteriorates at a slower rate. For example:
- Mould development is delayed (strawberries, raspberries, grapes, flowers)
- Ripening process is delayed (mango, papaya, bananas, avocadoes etc.) and
- Colour changes are delayed (like greening on potatoes or yellowing of herbs, broccoli and leafy vegetables).
So, our first focus is the respiration rate measurement.
The respiration rates are different per product, region, season and even per variety. This means, you need a way to find out how fast your product respires before packing it. Luckily there is a tool just for that!
The meter is placed inside a cooling unit so you can measure the respiration rate of your product at any temperature in your own cool chain.
PerfoTec’s Fast Respiration Meter is not only a tool to help you with the measurement, but it’s also a very fast measurement tool. It measures the respiration rate of any fresh product within only four hours.
In other words, with the PerfoTec tools (FRM & Laser System) you are only four hours away from the ideal package that extends the shelf life of your fresh produce.
HERE you can find all technical information about the PerfoTec Fast Respiration Meter. Feel free to contact us for more information about PerfoTec’s technology and how you can achieve better quality and extended shelf-life for your fresh produce.
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Reducing food waste with PerfoTec freshness extension tools
The PerfoTec Fast Respiration Meter 4.0 is part of an innovative Next Generation system to optimize the quality and shelf life of fresh produce while improving productivity and versatility of use and reducing waste and costs. Along with complementary PerfoTec freshness extension tools, such as our PerfoTecO2Control and Laser Perforation System, the Fast Respiration Meter 4.0 offers great potential for a chain-wide approach to reduction of food waste.
Please contact us for more information on the benefits of the PerfoTec Laser Perforation System for your organisation.