Successful trials prove MAP maintains food quality and increases shelf life
Following successful trials of Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) to increase the shelf life of fruit and bakery products, Gulf Cryo, a leading manufacturer of food-grade, industrial, medical and specialty gases in the Middle East, has added the service to its application portfolio. For many years, the company has worked with the region’s food and beverage industry to develop different gas applications providing a range of process and packaging solutions.
When fresh food comes into contact with air it can suffer from microbiological, physical and biochemical deterioration. MAP is a process that replaces the air inside food packaging with a special mix of gases that has been proved to safely reduce product deterioration due to its protective and reactive properties. This provides the food manufacturer with a number of benefits, Milos Kostic, applications manager at Gulf Cryo explains:
“Our unique MAP gas mix actively delays the growth of bacteria and mould preserving food quality in terms of taste, colour and smell therefore reducing the need for food manufacturers to use additives in food. With an increased shelf life of up to five times the natural life of a food product, the manufacturer can significantly extend their geographical reach and even penetrate new markets. Depending on the food item, each requirement will be different so our engineers will work closely with customers to provide a bespoke MAP solution to suit their needs.”
MAP trials are continuing for raw meats, seafood, dairy products, dried food, processed food and beverages. Gulf Cryo also offers cryogenic food freezing and chilling, cleaning with dry ice blasting, mixer cooling, LIN dosing and ice cream hardening with Liquid Nitrogen - this is a new service that will be launched later this month.
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