The pineapple symbolises friendship and is another fruit held dear in our hearts. We were part of the management team that commercialised Gold pineapple in the UK for the retail and processing sectors and worked on near infra-red technology to promote non-destructive testing.
Pineapple is a non-climacteric fruit. The optimum time to harvest pineapple is when it is fully ripe, although the introduction of ethylene is commonly deployed for de-greening, where shell colouration is perceived by consumers to be associated with full ripeness. However, this should be carefully managed as overexposure will cause softening and breakdown of flesh. Harvest indicators include juice content (translucency) and Brix. Excessive moisture loss also results in discoloured shell, pitting and withered crown.
ZOEPAC modified atmosphere packaging maintains high humidity and prolongs senescence, thus keeping the product fresher and firmer for longer. Fresh shell and crown are also critical for maximum retail value.
Benefits provided by ZOEPAC modified atmosphere packaging for pineapple include:
Extended shelf-life, allowing for longer storage and distribution channels
- Reduced dehydration, preventing weight loss and withered crown,
- Inhibition of shell discolouration,
- Inhibition of pitting,
- Inhibition of chilling injury,
- Maintained freshness and firmness,
- Inhibition of storage mould and rots, and
- Higher profitability due to reduced wastage in the supply chain.
Please get in touch to discuss varietal and packaging options.