AVI is an established manufacturer of Punnets and Trays under the brand ‘Prime’.
Prime punnets and trays are specially designed and formulated for the packing of fresh fruits and vegetables. These finely crafted punnets are produced using r-PET Films and are designed to not only provide safety to the fresh produce but also help increase its shelf life.
With its own r-PET extrusion AVI can make the sheets while producing 80% less post-consumer waste which means that our products are environmentally friendly and also low on carbon discharge.
The Punnets are designed with a strong locking mechanism to ensure the safety of its contents. The unique air-ventilation feature allows adequate airflow, thereby improving the shelf life of the produce. Punnets also have an adequate flat surface, making it suitable for all kinds of branding.
These specially crafted bottom trays do not only provide safety to the fresh produce but also help increase its shelf life. The well-designed clear contoured walls of the trays provide the much-needed strength to the product.
The ventilation holes in the top lids allow better pre-cooling and breathability of the produce. This helps prevent decay of the produce & keeps it fresh for longer. Soft fruits like strawberry and cherries are protected by the rigidity of the packs.
Why Choose AVI Punnets & Trays
Horticulture products are highly perishable and susceptible to climatic conditions, decay, and distribution hazards. AVI offers a wide range of Punnets and Trays in various shapes and sizes to suit the requirement of various fruits and vegetables including Grapes, Strawberries, Kiwi, Cherry, Apples, and Plums
Prevents bruising & physical injury to the produce
Prevents microbial contamination & deterioration
Provides ventilation for gas exchange to allow respiration
Protection against moisture loss
Keeps food fresh for longer
Convenient to use
Enjoy aesthetic & branding possibilities
Punnets have air-holes that improve air circulation and promote respiration, ensuring a longer shelf life.
AVI punnets are made of r-PET films, which meet the stringent requirements of product safety, making them completely safe for food storage.
Punnets are 100% recyclable. Therefore with responsible recycling practices, the environmental impact of punnets is extremely low.
Punnets are highly customizable and can be manufactured with brand logos, labels, barcodes and product information on the lids.
Solution for Fresh Cut Produce
The packaging and storage of fresh‐cut fruits and vegetables is quite a challenging task. This is because fresh produce continues to respire and age at an increased rate, even after being harvested due to physiological processes. Freshly cut fruits tend to have a short shelf life ranging from a few hours to 3-4 days. They decay much quicker than processed foods which have been fed with artificial preservatives for enhancing their shelf life. While rigid plastic packaging does manage to protect the fruit from damage and helps it retain its freshness, it cannot extend the shelf life of the fruit by itself.
Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) is a collection of packaging modifications that works to create or maintain a specific type of atmosphere inside a package. This type of packaging controls and slows down the oxidation of fresh fruit and helps prevent the onset of spoilage, off-textures, offensive odors, and discoloration. For instance, lettuce often turns brown or apples becoming gritty in texture once they have been cut. However, by preventing the oxidation process from taking place, the shelf life of the fresh fruits can be extended, and their visual appeal preserved.
In general, oxygen levels of 1 – 5 % are enough to delay the oxidation of fresh produce. At concentrations below 8%, ripening and maturation can be delayed. To achieve these low oxygen levels, a nitrogen gas flush is often used for extending the shelf life of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. MAP manages the conductive oxygen levels within a package to extend the shelf life of the produce. MAP in trays is being increasingly used for pomegranate arils, mixed cut fruits, cut vegetables, salad mixes, etc.
In addition to gas flushing, there is an increased use of high barrier packaging materials that feature low oxygen transfer rates (OTR). These films (trays and lidding films) have a low oxygen permeability which provides a higher level of protection against oxidation. Breathable films also allow excessive moisture to leave an airtight pack, allowing the produce to remain fresh for longer.
For packers and retailers, the extended shelf life created by MAP means an enhanced product lifespan, wider geographic distribution and brand exposure to a larger audience, ultimately resulting in increased profitability. MAP is also beneficial for consumers. It helps customers enjoy fresh food and enables them to maintain a healthy diet in a convenient manner. Consumers do not have to visit the grocery store repeatedly or worry about their stocked food getting spoilt. Instead, they can stock up on food in larger quantities knowing that the product will remain fresher longer. For society at large, the increased shelf life of fresh produce helps reduce food waste and increases overall food security.