Harvested fresh produce is one of the most challenging food product category to be packaged. During the post-harvest period, biochemical processes, such as respiration and ethylene production continue to shorten the shelf life of the produce. Spoilage is further accelerated by pathogenic microorganisms, exposure to light as well as damaged cells due to shock and vibration that leads to increased respiration and browning reaction to begin.
With changing consumer needs and behavior of seeking healthier, fresher and sustainable produce, the role of packaging has evolved from containing and protecting fresh produce from physical damages during transportation and distribution to extending its shelf life. Innovation such as freshness indication in fresh produce packaging have also contributed to increased consumer satisfaction and reduced food wastage.
Food traceability is the biggest demand in today’s consumer world. Customers would like to know where the food has come from and is it fresh enough to consume. If these two concerns are addressed by using technology tools, then it will add tremendous value for consumers.
A company is seeking technology provider or collaborator to provide suitable packaging technology with freshness indication and food traceability features.
1. Fresh produce packaging with freshness indication and traceability device:
- The device is to show the elapsed time since leaving farm gate.
- Required for individual package level.
- Needs to be Singapore Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) compliant.
- Total packaging cost should not exceed S$0.35 per package for 100-300g package.
- Packaging ideas to extend the shelf life of each packet
- Food traceability device to identify the miles it has travelled and where it has come from.
2. List of fresh produce:
- Western greens: Lettuce, Arugula, Kale.
- Asian greens: Bok Choy, Mizuna, Spinach.
- Herbs: Cilantro, Basil.