Extending shelf life of agriculture products
|Low standard of transportation, packaging and storing of fresh products cause huge loss of food around the world|
|January 13, 2019|
Every year, about third part of fresh food made for human consumption goes to waste. According to the FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) approximately 1.3 billion tons of food is tossed and does not use for human nutrition. In a world that many countries suffer from starvation these numbers are unbearable. Sri Lanka is a good example for this type of problem, producing about 800,000 tons of fruits and vegetables every year, but 40% is being tossed during the process.
India is responsible for almost 1/3 of the world’s bananas supply, but following a low standard of transportation, packaging and storage, only a very small percentage finds its way to the international markets. The NRCB (National Research Center of Bananas) in India estimated that the tropic fruits and bananas grows 28.4 million tons a year, and between 20-24% of the yield is lost.
One of the most innovative companies that offers smart solutions for this type of problem is ROP, an Israeli company that produce food packaging and operates in extending shelf life of fresh food, specifically for agriculture products. ROP’s main business is developing technical solutions for longer shelf life for fruits and vegetables.
According to Mr. Liav Bacharach, CEO, the world is in desperate need to deal with the major loss of food, and ROP has the ultimate solution. Even though the company is active in the flexible packaging sector since the early 70’s “During the past 3 years ROP has developed advanced CPP films for flexible packaging that extend the products’ shelf life starting from a few days and up to a few weeks, depends on the product and necessity. It’s not surprising that our packaging is in great demand in the USA, Europe and the Far East.”
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Improving the production process by extensive management and investment methods in advanced equipment together with wide R&D activities for new and innovative products, puts ROP as a world leader in the field.
Our plastic packaging plays a critical role in making our products appealing, safe and enjoyable for our customers. Yet it is clear that if we want to continue to reap the benefits of this versatile material, we need to do much more as an industry to help ensure it is managed responsibly and efficiently post-consumer-use.
According to Mr. Liav Bacharach, CEO, Our collective industry has a massive challenge ahead of us with respect to packaging recyclability, end-of-life recovery and single-use plastics, even though we don’t yet have all the answers, we owe it to current and future generations who call this planet ‘home’ to find better packaging solutions and actively progress efforts to improve recycling rates. That’s why ROP is placing heightened focus on this important environmental issue.