ExtendCast™ Asparagus is a retail bag for packing fresh Asparagus immediately after their harvest, transporting them up to 21 days at 1-2⁰C and then displaying them in the same bag in retail conditions for additional 8 days in optimal marketable conditions.
By modifying the atmosphere and humidity in the bag, ExtendCast™ Asparagus saves up to 43% weight loss, compared to unpacked Asparagus and 25% weight loss compared to traditionally transported and packed Asparagus and extends the shelf life of the Asparagus up to double, compared to the latter methods. Additionally, ExtendCast™ Asparagus saves the use of a box liners or wet padded transport boxes, and unnecessary processes of repacking at the destination market, thus saving money and allowing for swifter and more cost-effective logistics and distribution of the produce.
Superior shelf life – ExtendCast™ Asparagus keeps Asparagus spears fresh, free of seedlings, firm and tasty for a longer time even compared to contemporary MAP packaging.
Maximizing yield– ExtendCast™ Asparagus creates the conditions that help prevent shriveling, diseases, color darkening and blotches as well as minimizes the product’s weight loss.
Easy handling – Due to its high impact and pressure-sensitivity, asparagus must be treated with great care during cargo handling, transport and storage. ExtendCast™’s exceptional mechanical properties make it ideal for mechanized and manual industrial wrapping & packing processes, both in the field and in packing houses.
Cheaper and quicker handling – The use of one bag for the whole process with no need for re-packing saves time, money and is more environmentally friendly.
Optical Clarity – based on a special Polypropylene grade – ExtendCast™ features crystal clear transparency, high gloss, anti-fog properties and high smoothness.
Durability – ExtendCast’s film strength and impact resistance make it ideal for processing, transporting and display of the produce.
Compliance – ExtendCast™ complies with the USA FDA 21 CFR part 175.300 (c) and EU Regulation 10/2011 as amended for food contact.
Printability – ExtendCast™ film and bags are offered transparent, tinted and printed up to 10 colors.
Form factor – ExtendCast™ is offered as bags in various shapes and sizes or roll stock from 8 inches (200mm) to 48 inches (1220mm) – macroperforated and microperforated.