TransFRESH® Announces Tectrol® Solution for Reusable Plastic Containers

June 30, 2011

Modified Equipment Makes Tectrol Controlled Atmosphere System Available to Berry Shippers Using RPCs      

            SALINAS, CA  ‒ June 21, 2011 ‒ TransFRESH® Corporation today announced an innovative modification to its equipment and procedures that now makes it possible to offer the proprietary Tectrol® Modified Atmosphere Packaging system to shippers and growers who use Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs).  This new modification is part of TransFresh’s ongoing commitment of its Tectrol®Service Network to meet the evolving needs of the fresh berry industry,    

“Our goal is to remain ahead of the curve in terms of marketplace and customer demands so we are able to make modifications and adjustments on an as needed basis,” said Rich Macleod, vice president, TransFRESH Pallet Division North America.  “In this case, that meant slightly retooling our equipment and procedures for the RPCs so those shippers could take advantage of the benefits of using Tectrol.”

According to Macleod, TransFresh took action to meet the interest and use of RPCs within the industry and proactively identified the adjustments necessary to create a viable seal on all sides of the RPCs.  Previously, growers and shippers using RPCs experienced a more complicated process that involved placing the bottom seal on the pallet in the field; however, the new modification now allows them to run RPCs on the company’s automated equipment provided at the coolers, ensuring the ease and integrity of the sealing process.   

            Tectrol’s high CO2 controlled atmosphere is a scientifically proven quality solution for shipping berries.  Berries shipped using Tectrol Atmosphere, as compared to open bag shipping methods,  are shown in numerous university, USDA and private studies to deliver better quality berries that display better on shelf with clamshells containing more good berries without imperfections and less leaky, moldy, over-ripe or decayed berries. 

            Most recently, in spring 2011, the University of California at Davis, Department of Plant Sciences, released its 2010 Pallet Cover Comparison Study conducted in cooperation with the University of Florida Horticultural Sciences Department at Gainesville, comparing various pallet cover systems used during the transit of fresh strawberries from California to Florida and Georgia during the 2010 production season.  Results of the comprehensive joint study concluded that maintaining elevated carbon dioxide levels around fruit significantly reduced decay, even at the relatively low shipping temperatures utilized during transit.