Meat and poultry products are highly sensitive to oxidation and, more importantly, rapidly decompose and suffer damage via bacteria. Shelf-life of such products is at most four days. Teva-Off has succeeded in doubling its poultry product shelf life to eight days. This breakthrough in protecting poultry-product freshness and extending shelf life can influence the entire supply chain from manufacturer to consumer. Short shelf life in meat and poultry products typically causes large amounts of returns and discards of expired products, while decreasing profit significantly.
"This is the first fresh poultry product with extended shelf life and we anticipate it will totally change consumer purchasing and cooking behavior," says Amnon Ariel, CEO of Teva-Off. "Most consumers buy fresh poultry with 3 to 4 days of shelf life, either cooking or freezing it on or near the day of purchase. Doubling shelf life provide consumers excellent opportunity to keep fresh poultry in the refrigerator and cook it at will, rather than wait for it to defrost or worse, have it spoil before they get to it."
Teva-Off developed the new product with Hefestus’ proprietary packaging technology, Hera SLB™ (Shelf Life Booster). A high-quality applications laboratory performed shelf-life tests on a daily basis over a period of several months. Results showed Hefestus’ advanced technology provided a maximum shelf life of 12 days or more for fresh poultry.
"SLB™ technology enables manufacturers to pack fresh meat and poultry with residual oxygen of less than 0.4 percent and extends shelf life up to 15 days in some cases," notes Oded Shtemer, CEO of Hefestus. "We anticipate a growing demand for Hera in 2009.” Hera can pack fresh products with modified atmosphere (MAP) technology at a rate of 1,200 units per hour.
"We chose to pack the new product with the Hera system based on two important parameters: extended product shelf life and impressive speed," notes Ariel. "This new product puts us in the forefront of the marketplace."
Hefestus Ltd., is a developer and manufacturer of top-sealing packaging machines. Hefestus specializes in supplying unique and complete packaging solutions for the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. It provides a wide variety of standard and custom-made machines, from manual to fully automatic lines, to meet the complex packaging requirements of processors and consumers.