New long life packaging of grapes without the use of sulphites

At this final stage of the season, the Fra.Va. Company has decided to adopt the microwave technology of FIT – Food & Innovative Technologies from Polignano a Mare (a province of Bari), for the packaging and preservation of grapes.

Fra.Va. Company, leader in Puglia for the production and commercialization of cherries and table grapes, became in 2014 the first to adopt a FIT system from 2 pallets, deciding to focus on preservation without sulphites (SO2)cf. FreshPlaza of 20.01.2015.

The use of sulphites can actually alter the taste of the grapes, and often does not guarantee good preservation. Furthermore, the residue from high doses can cause a reaction to sensitive consumers who are intolerant to this allergen.

With the new ULMA Packaging Solutions packaging machinery installed in 2015, in addition to the flow pack baskets (500 and 1000 g.), the company is now able to pack both 30×40 and 30×50 formats with ease.

“This packaging and the entire FIT process, already approved by our customers, – explains Vito Valenzano, General Manager of Fra.Va. – enables us to naturally maintain the grapes over time and without any alteration to taste and appearance, and is proving to be very functional for the product’s management during transport, handling in distribution, as well as on the shelves.”

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