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FarmFresh Conservers are used in lime exports from Brazil to Eurasia

FarmFresh Conservers are used in lime exports from Brazil to Eurasia
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Protected in EPS packaging manufactured by Termotécnica, fruits maintain freshness and nutritional quality, with lower logistics costs, during long transit times

 

Brazil, one of the world’s largest Tahiti lime producers, is also the fruit’s largest exporter to the European Union according to Abrafrutas (Brazilian Association of Exporting Producers of Fruits and Byproducts). Even though only 7% of production is destined for the international market – about 70 million tons –, lime exports in the last decade have doubled in the country. And in 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic along with health professionals’ recommendation to increase consumption of FLV (Fruits, Legumes and Vegetables) to strengthen immunity, the worldwide demand for citrus fruits is growing.

Developing conserver solutions under the FarmFresh brand, working together with partner producers and traders, Termotécnica has contributed toward the increased participation of Brazilian fruit in foreign markets. Now in July, a large shipment of Tahiti limes has just been dispatched to supply the Eurasian market, packed in FarmFresh conservers.

Due to the long transit time, about one month between harvest in Brazil until consumer availability in these purchasing countries, the qualities of FarmFresh EPS conservers provide great advantages throughout the entire chain. With this packaging and preservation solution, fruits imported from Brazil can sustain the long transport journey, arriving in the most distant markets with greater freshness while maintaining their nutritional values. “Our post-harvest solutions not only value but are also a great asset for Brazilian fruit producers, since they ensure that fruits are packaged, transported, delivered and displayed to their customers in various countries with the same quality, freshness and care taken during the cultivation and harvest processes”, states Termotécnica’s Superintendent Diretor, Nivaldo Fernandes de Oliveira.

In this true race against time, from producer to consumer, Termotécnica’s post-harvest solutions extend the fruits’ shelf-life by up to 30%, maintaining their nutritional properties longer. Certified by tests in European laboratories (AgroTropical and HDG), these results confirm less food waste and losses, making the FarmFresh line sustainable and suitable for packaging fruits from harvest to consumers, lower impact and vibration forces while in transit as well as better retail display.

Patented technology and designs allow for high thermal insulation, ease in stacking and transport. This also translates into more days with healthier, fresher food on store shelves providing many advantages for the retailer. Also, regarding operational and logistics cost issues, the benefits of FarmFresh EPS conservers, against other materials, are proven. Compared to cardboard packaging, for example, EPS conservers are up to 60% lighter, reducing weight by approximately 30%, which also means savings on air freight.

With health safety at the top of consumer concerns worldwide, the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment requested the European Commission, in March, to recognize packaging as an essential component for maintaining the uninterrupted flow of product groups identified as critical, such as “health-related and perishable goods, notably foodstuffs”. Termotécnica defines FarmFresh line’s positioning as the ideal “travel companion” so that fruits, grown by Brazilian producers, arrive in perfect condition in demanding markets such as those of Europe and Asia. “We present the test results and quantify the gains according to each situation. With longer shelf-life and all the characteristics of logistical efficiency, such as reduced freight, we help customers increase competitiveness and, consequently, their sales volumes and market share worldwide”, affirms Nivaldo de Oliveira.

And with the WorldStar 2019 award, granted by the WPO (World Packaging Organization), one of the packaging market’s most important recognitions in the Food and Save Food categories, Termotécnica has established itself as a global reference in post-harvest solutions, making Brazilian fruits, legumes and vegetables gain a more prominent place in international markets while at the same time combating food waste.

About Termotécnica

With a 58 year history, Termotécnica is one of Latin America’s largest EPS processing companies and one of the most sustainable companies in Brazil, according to Exame Guide 2019. With an entrepreneurial spirit, it develops solutions from Packaging & Components, Conservation, Agribusiness, Cold Chain, Cargo Handling to Building Construction materials. Headquartered in Joinville (SC), South Brazil, it has production and recycling units in Manaus (AM), Petrolina (PE), Rio Claro (SP), São José dos Pinhais (PR) and Pirabeiraba (SC).

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Covid-19: EPS packaging increases food safety for fresh produce

Covid-19: EPS packaging increases food safety for fresh produce
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FarmFresh conservers address consumer behavior changes arising from the pandemic

With the Covid-19 pandemic, about 81% of Brazilian consumers expressed concern about food hygiene and safety according to a survey conducted in March by the PMA – Produce Marketing Association (pma.agr.br), an entity that brings together producers of Brazilian FLV (Fruits, Legumes, Vegetables) for the export market. At the same time, consuming quality fresh produce is essential to maintain good health and high immunity levels. Supermarket chains have already reported a significant increase, 40%, in the demand for these foods.

This new reality has been changing consumer behavior. According to the same PMA survey, 59% of consumers report that they’ve been looking for more packaged fresh products for safety reasons. What was previously in bulk is now being packaged for greater food safety, that’s because the packaging provides less human interaction throughout all process from production, handling, at the point-of-sale, all the way up to the consumers’ table.

Manufactured by Termotécnica (termotecnica.ind.br) and sold in the Brazilian market under the DaColheita brand, FarmFresh EPS conservers guarantee added safety in protecting, storing and transporting fresh products.

E-commerce and delivery logistics ease

As consumers change their eating and shopping habits, supermarkets and the entire supply chain, in turn, are undergoing major business changes. With the decreased frequency of consumers in physical stores, the FLV market has been growing its e-commerce market-share. And food delivery apps, like i-Food, previously dedicated to food establishments, are already making deliveries for supermarkets.

Purchased via e-commerce and sent by delivery-services, packaged fresh produce gains even more significance, ensuring that they reach the customer’s home while still maintaining quality and safety. And even purchases made online but picked-up at a point-of-sale must be already packed and ready-to-go for the customers.

As for logistical issues, FarmFresh conservers also eliminate expenses with return freight, since EPS is one-way and can be 100% recycled at the destination. This makes FarmFresh solutions sustainable and suitable for packing FLV from the farm to the table. In addition to having excellent shock absorbing properties in transport, EPS maintains freshness and improves retail display while at the same time reduces human contact with the products throughout the entire chain.

With patented technology and designs, FarmFresh EPS conservers allow high thermal insulation, impact absorption, ease in stacking, transport and product display. This also represents more days with healthy, fresher FLV on store shelves providing many advantages for the retailer.

Packaged products also gain importance since product traceability is essential both to guarantee origin and quality as well as in the delivery process.

Reduced human contact when handling food, avoiding contamination risks

In the article “Coronavirus: care in the production, processing and consumption of produce” posted on its website, Embrapa – Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (embrapa.br), stresses that “to date, there has been no reports that food, including fresh produce, is associated with SARS-CoV-2 transmission”.  However, it warns that the steps to be followed must be carried out with rigor and responsibility, from receiving and selecting produce in the agribusiness; in processing, during packaging of processed FLV; until the product’s refrigerated transport to the points-of-sale.

EPS packaging from Termotécnica not only preserves FLV quality and prolongs their useful life, but also acts as a physical barrier that prevents hand contact with the products. Maintaining them protected throughout the process, the packaging prevents direct human contact with the fresh products until they are purchased by the consumer. As a result, contamination risk of fruits and vegetables throughout the supply chain is effectively eliminated.

Shelf-life extension of fresh produce

Another consumer behavioral change during this social isolation moment has been the decrease in frequency of visits to supermarkets and an increase in the purchase volume per visit.

EPS packaging effectively delays the ripening and aging processes, inhibits microbial decomposition and preserves the quality and nutritional value of packaged fruits and vegetables, prolonging the time in which they can be consumed. They are widely used also for long-term storage and long-distance fresh produce shipments.

This is critical at a time when FLV export cargoes, for example, are not being unloaded on schedule and left in warehouses for longer periods. Exporters and importers of fresh products are concerned that by the time the harvest reaches the customer, the quality will have deteriorated considerably, impacting its value and increasing waste.

The exclusive formulation of FarmFresh EPS conservers also demonstrated the potential to preserve the nutritional value of fresh produce after prolonged storage, maintaining its quality for longer while also avoiding food waste. Certified by tests in European laboratories (AgroTropical and HDG), FarmFresh EPS packaging can extend the shelf-life of fresh produce by up to 30%, providing benefits to all stakeholders in the FLV supply chain and helping to address these logistical issues.

More hygiene throughout the entire chain

FarmFresh EPS packaging solutions maintain the ideal atmosphere to extend FLV’s useful life and help to alleviate the consumers’ many concerns when buying fresh produce.

EPS is a totally inert material, hygroscopic (repels moisture) and washable, providing maximum hygiene levels. FarmFresh conservers can also be produced with Safe Pack, an antimicrobial raw material that reduces, by up to 99.9%, the action and presence of microorganisms, an extra protection that makes contact surfaces and products free from invisible threats of everyday life.

About Termotécnica

With a 58 year history, Termotécnica is one of Latin America’s largest EPS processing companies and one of the most sustainable companies in Brazil, according to Exame Guide 2019. With an entrepreneurial spirit, it develops solutions from Packaging & Components, Conservation, Agribusiness, Cold Chain, Cargo Handling to Building Construction materials. Headquartered in Joinville (SC), it has production and recycling units in Manaus (AM), Petrolina (PE), Rio Claro (SP), São José dos Pinhais (PR) and Pirabeiraba (SC).