FOOD PACKAGING: Absorbent solutions for a whole range of applications

Sirane offers a wide range of absorbent pads and soakers

ABSORBENCY is a key requirement in many different food packaging applications and Sirane’s supplies a wide range of absorbent products on a global basis.

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

With additional manufacturing now taking place in Poland, Russia and Mexico, and Sirane also now operating in Australia and South Africa, it doesn’t matter whereabouts in the world you are based, Sirane is in a position to help meet your absorbency requirements.

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. 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.

“Our absorbent pads 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, absorbency levels and formats, and tailor our products to suit your exact needs.

“Whether absorbency is used to help extend shelf-life or improve the appearance of the product, there is something in Sirane’s Dri-Fresh range that will do the job.”

As a development company, Sirane is always looking to better what it has and further improve what we offer - 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.

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 is many days.

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.

Simon Balderson added: “There are clear differences between meat, poultry, fish and fruit, in terms of the way they degrade and what causes the degradation to happen. We have ABM for meat, ABV for soft-fruits and ABS for seafood… the technology is fundamentally the same, we just modify the technology to fit with the needs of the particular sector.

“With soft-fruit for example, with little in the way of protective skin, it is vulnerable to fungal and bacterial degradation. Similarly, with meat, fish and seafood, reducing microbes and bacteria can be hugely beneficial – in all cases, better shelf-life is the goal.

“The combination of flavonoids which are anti-oxidants and anti-microbial, with organic acids including citric acid and ascorbic acids is harmless, as all elements are found naturally within fruit. It is clean, simple, and effective. Nature itself often has the answers.”

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.

We also manufacture an anti-slip absorbent floor mat – sold mainly into medical and healthcare, but recently we’ve also sold mats into food production facilities – for example cheese making plants, where wet floors are a problem in certain stages of the process.

Simon Balderson said: “Health and safety in the workplace is just as important in food production as it is in operation theatres, and anti-slip absorbent floor mats are a great solution for any working environment where fluid could become a hazard.

“If you’re needing absorbency, then Sirane is the market leader. If it can be done, we’re the company to make it happen, so why not give us the chance to help sort your problems?

“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 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. We also have a digital guide, called The Sirane Guide to Absorbency & Absorbent Products.

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