Extended shelf life of fresh produce through unique collaboration PerfoTec and Oerlemans Packaging Group
PerfoTec and Oerlemans Packaging Group will work together to further optimize the properties of sustainable packaging for fruit, vegetables and flowers. The machine manufacturer and packaging producer create a unique packaging technique that extends the produce shelf life and therefore reduces (food) waste. This all resulting in cost savings for the customers. Last week, the collaboration was officially confirmed at Oerlemans Packaging Group in Genderen, The Netherlands.
PerfoTec supplies the Laser Perforation System and extensive knowledge about the respiration (gas permeability) of products from agriculture and horticulture. Oerlemans itself produces packaging film according to the correct functional properties such as thickness and composition of the material. Produce and flower companies can experience how their products will yield more returns through this unique combination.
PerfoTec CEO, Bas Groeneweg is enthusiastic. “We have already managed to create the optimal conditions for hundreds of specific products when it comes to extending shelf life. Each product has influential parameters such as weight, ideal temperature and respiration. This data creates a unique profile in which we can adjust our Laser Perforation System extremely precisely for the correct hole pattern in the packaging. As a specialized film producer, Oerlemans Packaging Group adds knowledge and production volume of the sustainable packaging material, creating an optimal product for both our customers and those of Oerlemans!”
Product manager Tibor Tholen believed in this collaboration from the start of the process. “This way we can actively help the customer to improve the product result. Look at the PerfoTec LinerBags for crates and boxes that we will now offer together with PerfoTec. Because this bulk packaging bag is designed and sealed to reach the ideal conditions for all kinds of fruit, vegetables and flowers, these products have a substantially longer shelf life. Grapes, for example, can be kept for weeks longer. In addition, there is virtually no weight loss. This is important to get you the right price if you are a fruit trader. And what about the transport costs? Especially for international transport, with these results, the product can often be transported via cheaper sea freight.”
In the coming months, a special Laser Perforation System will be installed and tested at the Oerlemans Packaging Group location in Giessen. Both parties are looking forward with confidence to a successful collaboration, as the achievements reached will only yield winners in agriculture and horticulture!
Machine manufacturer PerfoTec is specialized in extending the shelf life of fresh products in the vegetable, fruit and flower trade. With a team of experts, the company has been developing state-of-the-art techniques for a variety of customers worldwide since 2004. In this market there is a race against time, because the products (during storage and transport) in the trading chain are constantly aging. PerfoTec works to significantly extend the life of vegetables, fruit and flowers with their successful machines. With consistent performance in this area, the innovative Dutch company aims to become the standard when it comes to post-harvest expertise.
Oerlemans Packaging Group
The Oerlemans Packaging Group has been investing since 1992 in making its product range more sustainable. The family business produces customer-specific, flexible plastic packaging and high-quality films. The entire process is dedicated to circular entrepreneurship according to the ‘Rethink principle’, in which material reduction and use of sustainable raw materials are spearheads. New packaging concepts are constantly being developed through extrusion, flexo printing and conversion at eight locations in the Netherlands. The producer consists of six subsidiaries (Fardem, Flexpak, Oerlemans Plastics, Oosterwolde Plastic Industrie, Perfon and Plasthill) that jointly supply a wide range of packaging products. Oerlemans Packaging Group – the sustainable innovator!