Fresher for longer – Studies confirm IFCO RPCs extend the shelf life of fresh produce

2018-11-06

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Recent studies confirm that IFCO reusable plastic containers (RPCs) can extend the shelf life of fresh produce in comparison to single use packaging by up to four days. For retailers and growers, extending shelf life with IFCO RPCs means reduced spoilage, less waste and better quality of products for their customers.
As part of IFCO’s ongoing research and development, we commissioned a series of studies from Dr. Lippert Quality Management (formerly HortKinetix) in Sinzig, Germany, which inspects commodities for the country’s wholesalers. The researchers compared IFCO RPCs to single use packaging. They conclude that fruits and vegetables packed in IFCO RPCs remain firmer, show less mold, have fresher vines and stems, and that a higher percentage remains marketable. The studies verify that IFCO RPCs keep fresh produce in better condition longer, extending shelf life by up to four days. Retailers and growers also benefit from better product quality, less waste and reduced spoilage.

Testing for freshness

The trials simulated real-life supply chain conditions, and the scientists evaluated products daily for up to 19 days on commodity-specific indicators for freshness: color, vine health, shore value, weight loss, spoilage, infection, rot, mold, appearance, smell, sweetness, acidity.

Based on these criteria, the researchers determined that IFCO RPCs preserved the freshness of the fruits and vegetables better than single use packaging.




Here are key findings:

For retailers and growers, extending shelf life with IFCO RPCs means reduced spoilage, less waste and better quality of products for their customers. To find out more about the specific results, please contact us

We would be happy to provide you with information on the benefits of reusable plastic containers on maintaining product freshness and quality. Our experts will advise you on which IFCO RPC model is optimal for your produce. Contact us.

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