ABSORBENCY: Read our 'Guide to Absorbency and Absorbent Products'

Sirane's guide to absorbency and absorbent products

ABSORBENCY is a key packaging component with many foods and Sirane manufactures a wide range of absorbent products for use throughout the supply chain.

Whether it is absorbent pads for meat, poultry, fruit, cheese or fish, ovenable pads, fish crate liners or absorbent tray dividers, absorbency forms a large part of our food packaging range.

But where do you start deciding what type of absorbency you need? Well Sirane are the experts, and so we’ve produced a ‘Guide to Absorbency and Absorbent Products’.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “Absorbency and absorbent products is one of Sirane's core strengths, and the company manufactures a wide range of customised absorbent products – and this guide sums up what we can offer, and how, as the customer and the user of the product, you might work out what sort of product you actually need.

“Do you want a fairly straightforward absorbent pad or do you need something more? Do you know how much you want to absorb, and exactly what you need to absorb?

 “We can supply all types of absorbency levels and types, including liquid, blood, odour and ethylene – you name it, and we have a solution for absorbing it. We’re always pleased to talk customers through the options, but some people might find this a good starting point.

“For example, our absorbent products can be supplied with integrated odour control and anti-bacterial/anti-microbial or anti-fungal properties where required. We can offer a wide range of sizes, absorbencies and formats, and tailor the products to suit your needs; we can make it compostable… there’s lots of options, so what do you want to achieve?”

As a development company, Sirane is always looking to better what it has and further improve products for the customers - our new absorbent pad technology that delivers anti-microbial properties into the pack is the most recent example of that ethos in practice.

Sirane’s new Dri-Fresh ABM/V/S pads are for meat, soft fruit and seafood, and contain a blend of natural bio-flavonoids and organic acids which work together to extend shelf-life. Together with the absorbency within the pads, they offer an outstanding level of protection.

Jeremy Haydn-Davies, sales director, said: “AB pads are offering not just the shelf-life extension that using an absorbent pad will bring, but additional shelf-life extension on top – in some cases this can be a number of days, significantly reducing wastage.

“With food waste a big issue in the food industry at the moment, we’re finding more and more companies looking at solutions like this in order to do their bit in cutting waste.”

The technology can be supplied as standard absorbent pads or incorporated into many of our other pads including our odour-absorbing pads, absorbent inter-leavers and Ice-Mats. The AB technology is activated by moisture – so only functions when needed.

Sirane’s absorbent product range also includes ovenable absorbent pads, which provide absorbency during the cooking process which can contribute to a healthier end product. We can also integrate absorbency into products such as ovenable dividers and susceptor.

Other recent absorbent product developments include our Soft-Hold pad for soft-fruit – a pad which is both absorbent and cushioned, offering the fruit much more protection. We’ve also developed a product which allows an ovenable absorbent pad to deliver flavours during the cooking process. We’ve released this to the market with smoke (hickory and a wood blend) as the flavours offered – but we’re already working on additional flavours.

Simon Balderson said: “If you’re needing absorbency, then Sirane is the market leader. If it can be done, we’re the company to make it happen. Whether it’s for food packaging, medical and healthcare, or an industrial application, then give us a chance to help.

“Whereas most companies are manufacturing operations supplying a range of absorbent products – which of course we can also do from our range of standard absorbent products – Sirane’s NPD team is happy to look at your individual and perhaps unique requirements and design and develop an absorbent solution perfect for you and your customers.”

For more information on any absorbent product in the food packaging sector, call Jeremy Haydn-Davies on +44 1952 230055 or email jeremy@sirane.com

FRUIT LOGISTICA: Fresh produce packaging solutions and NPD, chance to meet up

 Fruit Logistica in Berlin

SIRANE will once again be visiting Fruit Logistica in Berlin next month with Europe’s largest fresh produce show offering a great opportunity to meet customers old and new.

Last year’s Fruit Logistica saw the launch of a new packaging system for fresh produce by a company Sirane has been working in partnership with. Life+ was formally unveiled by Ilip on the Fruit Logistica Tech Stage during a presentation by the company’s R&D manager.

Karl Heggarty, Sirane sales manager for fresh produce packaging, said: “Over the years Sirane has always either exhibited at Fruit Logistica or visited. It’s a great show, and I’ll be visiting again this year – so if you’d like to meet up, do get in touch.

“There’s plenty to talk about – including Life+ which Sirane is heavily involved in, as well as number of other products including a range of different absorbent fruit pads, shelf-life extending bags and films, and even cooking bags for selling vegetables in.

“Life+ offers shelf-life extension by combining various elements into one complete packaging solution, including the anti-mist punnet tray, packaging films and absorbent technology.

“We offer the absorbency, with options including anti-bacterial and ethylene absorbency, both of which can have a positive impact on the shelf-life of soft and delicate fruits.

“During recent independently-run trials, portions of cut fruit - apples, pineapples, kiwi and melon – was receiving an additional two to four days shelf-life using Life+ when compared with standard tray and films, which would make a huge difference to retailers.”

The trials were run by the University of Turin, and commissioned by Ilip.

Karl added: “This particular trial was run using anti-bacterial fruit pads in the Life+ system. The report concluded that Life+ creates a micro-atmosphere in the pack, regulating the respiration rates of the fruits, and that it helps maintain the fruit’s texture.

“It also adds that Life+ reduces drip and subsequent microbial contamination, and also that the Life+ packaging system helps the fruit maintain a higher vitamin C content.”

In 2017 Life+ was awarded the prestigious gold award at Macfrut - a popular international produce exhibition show which was held in Rimini, Italy. The Macfrut gold medal, awarded by the L’Informatore Agrario and Cesena Fiera, is awarded by a jury of industry

Anti-microbial absorbent fruit pad technology was Sirane’s major product launch at Fruit Logistica two years ago – but we’ll also have plenty more to talk about at the Berlin show.

But with a range of other fruit & vegetable packaging solutions – including breathable packaging films, ethylene-absorbent labels and absorbent crepe packaging – as well as Sirane Mexico and the Life+ system, there’s plenty of reasons to meet up.

Jeremy Haydn-Davies, sales director, said: “Our ABV technology has got plenty of attention over the last few years – and rightly so as it is a terrific step-forward in anti-microbial packaging. However, we’ll have plenty more to talk to any interested companies about, including absorbent pads and breathable and compostable films.

“We’ve got a wide range of absorbent pads suitable for all kinds of fruit and fulfilling all kinds of requirements, including cushioned pads and ethylene absorbent pads.

“ABV is a technology which is added to our absorbent pads, and releases anti-bacterials into the pack, extending shelf-life. It uses a combination of natural bioflavonoids and acids to help extend shelf-life, and is particularly good for berries and other delicate fruits.

“We’ve also got a great range of cooking bag solutions – perfect for adding value to sales of fresh vegetables. Fresh veg can be sold in a ready-to-cook format where the food is steam-cooked in the oven or microwave, and the guess-work is removed from cooking times.

“And don’t forget, Sirane is a packaging development company, so if you’re interested in finding a solution to a particular problem in your supply chain, and you think we might be able to help, this could be a good opportunity to find out more about Sirane.”

Fruit Logistica takes place in the German capital from February 6-8, 2018.

For more information on any Sirane fresh produce packaging solution, or to make an appointment to meet in Berlin, email karl.heggarty@sirane.com or call 01952 230055.

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