Fresh produce

At Plexpack, we understand the varying demands of the fresh produce industry. While packaging materials must be optimized for shelf-life of the product, sealing must be hermetic, fast, and efficient to meet the high volume demands of consumers and retailers. In order to prolong shelf life, we recommend perforated bags, since most produce have high-moisture/water content; in barrier bags, this can make the inside of the bag become more moist, which accelerates mould growth and overall product decay. For more information on modified atmosphere packaging and how to prevent mould growth, we highly recommend you check out our blog post, “Opening Up a Rotten Package to Find a Rotten Product is Just that; Rotten.”

With this in mind, shrink packaging can sometimes be the ideal solution for produce. A trend we see a lot with produce such as eggplant and cucumbers is using side sealing technology to ensure product integrity during shipping and maintain shelf life. Shelf life is, by default, maintained to its utmost due to the perforation in the shrink film. For bag sealing in the produce industry, we often see elaborate projects that require Nema 4X ratings for sealing bags in the fields while harvesting. To make sealing a fast and easy process for producers, we have also manufactured our ACS series sealers. The ACS line, allows for angled/full bag support during the sealing process; this allows operators to load the sealer more ergonomically and easily, ultimately increasing line speeds. We have seen these sealers run upwards of 45 bags a minute.

All Plexpack fresh produce product solutions are stainless steel, efficient and easy to maintain with quick changeover and plug and play expandability.

Our Offerings for Fresh Produce

Emplex Industrial Bag Sealers

In their standard version, are made of stainless steel and aluminum, which make them food grade and suitable for refrigerated rooms. In addition, EMPLEX industrial bag sealers can be washable under the Nema 4 and 4X grades, which greatly improves machine durability and return on investment. Emplex’s 7000 series sealers can also be equipped with a vacuum gas flush system, which helps fresh produce retain their freshness longer.

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Vacpack Impulse-Style Bag Sealers

Robust, stainless steel food grade sealers that create vacuum and gas flushed sealed bags for a variety of industries and can be equipped with a reservoir system for fresh produce packed in marinade or sauce. VacPack vacuum sealers employ an ejector style vacuum pump and produce hermetically sealed packages on any heat sealable bag up to 12 mil/300 micron in thickness (6 mil/150 micron maximum when gusseted). All models include the same washdown, vacuum, gas flush capabilities.

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Damark Shrink-Wrap & Bundling Systems

Available in stainless steel with washing capabilities. The feeding systems handle the products with precision and care to avoid damaging even the most delicate products. Plexpack serves numerous salmon producers worldwide and has been featured in packaging news outlets for our premier work in the industry.

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