Israeli company StePac launches Xflow, a patented, functional, flowpack solution for blueberries as a cost-saving alternative to traditional preformed bulk packaging.
Blueberries in clamshells are typically pre-packed manually and sealed in modified atmosphere packaging.
This packing process can be labor-intensive.
Xflow combines the modified atmosphere/modified humidity (MA/MH) properties of Xtend packaging in a film that also contains a unique sealing layer, making it compatible with conventional flow pack machines.
StePac partners with Delfin, an Italian machine manufacturing company that custom-designed and developed machines for Xflow packaging.
With the Xflow system, 12 Clamshells are transported on a conveyor belt into the flowpack machine, where they are wrapped with the Xflow film, then sealed before being placed in the carton.
This solution reduces labor and film costs, plus results in a more attractive package.
Xflow also improves horizontal airflow across the cartons—critical for efficient cooling and cold-chain management.
Xflow significantly extends freshness of fruits, vegetables, and even fresh flowers by providing the MA/MH feature that slows respiration and aging, while inhibiting microbial growth.
It also reduces dehydration and weight loss during storage and shipping.
The customized water vapour transmission rates (WVTR) of the film provide optimal moisture control for packaged produce throughout the supply chain, eliminating free moisture, thereby alleviating the risk of microbial decay.
Xflow will be showcased at PMA Fresh Summit Expo in Orlando, US, 19-20 October 2018.