Dole Food Company is trying to take better control of the banana ripening process in order to extend shelf life. The company is trialing a new packaging system that will be sampled first by consumers in Texas.
The company is working Market Street United and United Supermarkets in Amarillo
and nine other Texas communities to test Dole FreshPack, a plastic bag which
should keep the fruit fresher longer.
Bil Goldfeld, communications manager at Dole Fresh Fruit, says the trial will
be deemed a success if Texan banana consumption increases.
Jason Kinkead, assistant produce manager at Market Street United, 2530 S.
Georgia St., says the store has carried bananas encased in FreshPacks for about
two weeks, and they seem to be popular among customers.
The new packaging should keep the bananas greenish-yellow in color for up to
six days longer, without the need to use chemicals.
The two-pouch banana bag is designed with microperforations, and significantly
slows the ripening process by reducing the concentration of oxygen around the
bananas and increasing the level of carbon dioxide, according to David Bright,
Dole Fresh Fruit vice president of marketing.
US: Dole trials news banana fresh packaging
August 13, 2012