Discovery day in the world of asparagus

IT’S all things asparagus for Sirane later this month as we head to an agronomy day at a farm in Worcestershire held by the Asparagus Growers’ Association (AGA).

The AGA is holding a day-long event at Woodhouse Farm in Kidderminster on Thursday, June 25, offering the chance to discover more about a complicated vegetable.

Gillian Carter, sales executive for fresh produce, said: “We have a huge range of fresh produce packaging capabilities, and the agronomy day is a great opportunity to find out more about this fascinating plant, and how our packaging solutions could help.

“With asparagus commanding a high price during a short growing season in the UK, and traded in large quantities globally, there is scope for our products to make a difference.”

Presentations will include ‘Managing major asparagus diseases and decline’ and ‘World asparagus market overview’ by Dr Peter Falloon, of Aspara Pacific Ltd, New Zealand.

There will also be three workshops: a tour of the asparagus fields; understanding soil structures & erosion control; and machinery demonstrations on maximising yields.

In addition, the day offers a chance for exhibitors to show off their products, and Sirane will have a small stand where we will show some products including asparagus pads, asparagus pouches, steam-cooking bags, and shelf-life extending bags and films.

Sirane is a highly innovative packaging product development-to-manufacture company based in Telford, Shropshire. Specialisms include absorbency and cooking bags.

Visit www.sirane.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +44 1952 230055. 

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Sirane Russia team exhibiting at RosUpack in Moscow

 

SIRANE’S team in Russia will exhibit at RosUpack in Moscow next month on the back of a very successful 12 months in which significant interested has been created.

Orders for our food packaging solutions have started to come in from Russia - including innovative packaging solutions for fresh fruit and vegetables - and the show in the Russian capital should demonstrate our products to a large potential customer base.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “Sirane Russia is gaining real momentum, and the orders are starting to come in. The potential in Russia is incredible, and there seems to be a real appetite for the sort of innovative food packaging solutions we can offer.

“From absorbent packaging to oven-ready packaging, Sirane products are beginning to appear on the supermarket shelves of Russia – and RosUpack should build on that. We have some great products for packaging and retailing fruit, including absorbent cushioned pads for soft-fruit, shelf-life extending bags and films and more.”

Sirane is an innovative packaging design, development, manufacture and solutions company which specialises in areas including absorbency and ovenable/microwaveable products, compostable packaging, films, boards, absorbent pads, and much more.

RosUpack is the largest packaging exhibition in Eastern Europe and is held at the IEC in Moscow from June 16-19. Hexagon/Sirane Russia can be found in Hall 2, Stand B209.

For more information on Sirane’s packaging solutions contact +44 1952 230055 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, visit www.sirane.com. To contact Sirane Russia email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call +7 495 6467521 or visit www.sirane.ru

 

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Fruit pads are the answer to many packaging problems

 Absorbent fruit pads from Sirane include these pads with integrated ethylene absorbency

MODIFIED atmosphere packaging (MAP) can extend the shelf-life of fresh fruit – but can also cause problems with condensation – and Sirane’s absorbent fruit pads could be the answer.

MAP packaging which has been permeated with small holes can help keep fruit fresh, but this success can be negated by a downside – an excess of condensation within the pack which could contribute to problems such as increased levels of mould growth.

Gillian Carter, who heads up our fresh produce sales, said: “Whether you’re looking for absorbent fruit pads, pads with integrated ethylene absorption or anti-fungal properties, or cushioned pads for soft-fruit, Sirane has an extensive range to suit all needs.

“So come and talk to us, tell us the problems you’re experiencing, and we’ll tell you what we can do to help – it might well be a packaging solution we’ve already found, and if not we’re a development company, so would be happy to work with you to solve the issue.

“There’s no point solving one packaging problem, such as creating a pack which allows for the ideal respiration rate, if it simply creates another problem with increased mould.

“We have a range of fruit pads, available in different sizes, different colours, and varying levels of absorbencies, so whatever fruit you are packaging, we have a solution.”

Sirane’s new Dri-fresh Soft-Hold pad - which combines the cushioning and protective properties of bubble films with effective absorbency, high permeability and excellent product presentation – is one such pad which could solve condensation problems.

“Soft fruit is often transported huge distances,” said Gillian Carter, “and so protecting the fruit in the most effective way possible is vital. The more fruit that arrives at its destination in perfect condition, the better it is for everyone involved in the supply chain.

“Sirane can offer the ultimate protection, cushioned protection alongside absorbency – we can even integrate ethylene absorbency and anti-fungal options if required.

“Soft-Hold has been developed with distributors and retailers in mind, with an eye on the needs of the companies involved. Our customers have been telling us they want pads that offer more protection for the packaged fruit that extend shelf-life.

“Soft-hold ticks all the boxes, and the feedback so far has been incredibly positive. It combines everything into one great product, with the cushioned layer offering a final level of protection that no other product on the market has managed.”

Other products in the Sirane fresh produce packaging range include standard Dri-Fresh Fresh-Hold pads, offering absorbency, ethylene absorbency and anti-fungal options if required, and labels which can be hidden in a pack and absorb unwanted ethylene.

Anti-fungal treatment been shown to extend the shelf life of soft fruit beyond that available with current technologies, and the integration of pad and anti-fungal treatment can significantly reduce packaging costs for growers and distributors.

Sirane is a highly innovative packaging product development-to-manufacture company based in Telford, Shropshire. It has four divisions: food packaging; medical and healthcare; industrial and horticultural. Specialisms include absorbency and cooking bags.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “We are the absorbency experts, so if you’re having issues with condensation in your fruit packaging, or any other issue where absorbency could be the answer, then give Sirane a call – we’re here to help solve your packaging problems.”

For more information, visit www.sirane.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0044 1952 230055. Gillian will be at the Global Berry Congress in Rotterdam from March 23-25 if anyone wishes to make an appointment to see her there and discuss any of the products Sirane has to offer.

 

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Shelf-life the hot-topic at Fruit Logistica 2015

 

Gillian Carter, Adam Green & Veronique Richard at Fruit Logistica.

THE industry’s need to increase the shelf-life of fresh fruit and vegetables and reduce wastage meant Sirane had a very busy few days at Fruit Logistica 2015 in Berlin last week.

Fruit Logistica – Europe’s biggest and most popular fresh produce show – was at Messe Berlin in the German capital from February 4-6, and Sirane was very busy.

Sirane offers a range of fresh produce packaging solutions which can help protect produce during transportation and extend shelf-life – all of which were exhibited.

Gillian Carter, who heads up our fresh produce sales, said: “Shelf-life and protection of fruit and vegetables is vital to the industry, and even a few days can make such a difference. If more produce can reach the shelves in a saleable condition, and it lasts longer on the shelf when it gets there, then far less is wasted in the supply chain, and profitability increases.

“Fruit Logistica saw a constant stream of potential customers interested in the many solutions we are able to offer, and a number expressed an interest in beginning trials. We also had a number of distributors looking to take our products into particular markets.

“From absorbent cushioned pads for soft fruit through to shelf-life extending bags and films, we have a range of solutions that can make a big difference in the supply chain.”

One product that we expected to generate plenty of interest, and it did, is Sirane’s new Dri-fresh Soft-Hold pad which combines the cushioning and protective properties of bubble films with effective absorbency, high permeability and excellent product presentation.

“Soft fruit is often transported huge distances globally,” said Gillian Carter, “and so protecting the fruit is vital. The more fruit that arrives at its destination in perfect condition, the better it is for everyone involved in the supply chain, as far less fruit gets wasted.

“Sirane can offer the ultimate protection, cushioned protection alongside absorbency – we can even integrate ethylene absorbency and anti-fungal options if required. A number of visitors to the stand loved the product, and could see the difference it could make.

“Soft-Hold has been developed with distributors and retailers in mind, with an eye on the needs of the companies involved. Our customers have been telling us they want pads that offer more protection for the packaged fruit that extend shelf-life.”

Other products in the Sirane fresh produce packaging range include standard Dri-Fresh Fresh-Hold pads, offering absorbency, ethylene absorbency and anti-fungal options if required, and labels which can be hidden in a pack and absorb unwanted ethylene.

We also have our Sira-Flex Resolve range. Sira-Flex Resolve is a range of films, bags and pallet liners for extending the shelf-life of fruit and vegetables. It is 100% sustainable, 100% compostable, and can significantly extend the shelf-life of many products.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “Sira-Flex Resolve is a breathable film, made from a natural biopolymer. If you are looking for ways to increase the shelf-life of your produce, either in the supply chain or on the shelf, then this is a film that you should be taking a look at.

“Sira-Flex Resolve always generates a lot of interest, because it is such an incredible material, and Fruit Logistica was no different. Again, we had a number of companies looking to trial the product in their own supply chain, which we actively encourage.”

For more information, visit www.sirane.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sirane’s next trade show is Packaging Innovations at the NEC, Birmingham, from February 25-26.

 

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Higher absorbency cushioned fruit pads on show at Fruit Logistica

 Absorbent cushioned fruit pads

A NEW addition to Sirane’s absorbent cushioned fruit pad range for soft-fruit, Dri-freshTM Soft-HoldTM, has been added to our packaging range – just in time for Fruit Logistica 2015.

Fruit Logistica in Berlin will provide a great showcase of Sirane’s absorbent fruit packaging solutions when the company exhibits at the popular trade show later this week.

And a new grade of pad, offering absorbency of 1500cc/M2 will be on offer for the first time at the show – previously the fruit pad had only be available in 800cc/M2.

Sirane launched Dri-freshTM Soft-HoldTM fruit cushioning pads last year – one of the products which will be on display in the German capital. These ‘absorbent bubble pads’ combine the cushioning and protective properties of bubble films with effective absorbency, high permeability and excellent presentation, and have already generated a lot of interest.

Dri-freshTM Soft-HoldTM fruit cushioning pads are ‘absorbent bubble pads’ – perfect for berries of all types - combining the cushioning and protective properties of bubble films with effective absorbency, high permeability and excellent presentation.

“This is the perfect pad for protecting soft fruit,” said Gillian Carter. “Soft-HoldTM is also available with integrated anti-fungal properties for extending produce shelf-life.

“Now, for the first time, we able to offer the Soft-HoldTM pad with a higher level of absorbency, which could be of interest to people packaging particularly delicate fruits. It could also interest tray-makers, who have expressed an interest in higher absorbency.

“Soft-HoldTM has been developed with distributors and retailers in mind, with an eye on the needs of the companies involved. Our customers have been telling us they want fruit pads that offer more protection for the fruit, which extend shelf-life, and are affordable. They’ve also told us they want a higher absorbency option – which we’ve now introduced.

“Soft-HoldTM ticks all the boxes, and the feedback so far has been incredibly positive – we’re already selling the pads into many different fruit production regions around the world. The pad combines everything into one great product, with the cushioned layer offering that final level of protection that no other product on the market has managed.

“The pads help keep produce in a better condition for longer – reducing wastage throughout the supply chain and increasing the profitability of suppliers of soft fruit.”

Dri-freshTM Soft-HoldTM is available as loose pads of any size as well as reels for automatic packaging operations. Standard colours are red and black and other colours are available on request. The products are available for all global markets and applications.

Products including more standard absorbent fruit pads (without the cushioning)  and pads offering ethylene absorbency and anti-fungal properties will also be taken to Fruit Logistica.

Also available is Sira-FlexTM Resolve® - a film with incredible shelf-life extending properties which has caused a bit of a stir worldwide. The film, also available in a bag format, has been shown to add five days or more additional shelf-life to some fresh produce.

Sira-FlexTM Resolve® is made from a natural bio-polymer – so is fully bio-degradable. The film’s astonishing qualities mean it self-regulates the conditions inside the pack. The perfect atmosphere is maintained inside even if the storage temperature is variable.

Sirane is an innovative packaging development-to-manufacture company which has a number of products that are perfect for packaging and protecting fresh fruit – and for Fruit Logistica there will be a particular focus placed on absorbent fruit packaging.

Sirane’s stand at Fruit Logistica 2015 can be found in Hall 8.2, Stand A-07.

For more information, visit www.sirane.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please contact Gillian directly if you wish to make an appointment to meet at Fruit Logistica.

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