Press Release Summary:
For food and beverage applications, the AIRSHIELDâ˘ additive removes trapped oxygen from packaging and remains inactive until the package is filled. The additive also blocks oxygen from getting in to prolong the shelf-life of the product. Â AIRSHIELDâ˘ has recently received FDA approval.Â
Original Press Release:
Performance Packagings AIRSHIELD Achieves FDA Approval for Food & Beverage Applications
Safe âVersatile Additiveâ Extends Shelf Life of Packaged Foods and Drinks for Adults and Infants
LAS VEGAS - - Performance Packaging of Nevada, a worldwide innovative supplier of flexible packaging, packaging machinery and folding cartons, has received authorization from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for its AIRSHIELDâ˘ technology for direct food and beverage contact applications. The AIRSHIELDâ˘ process is designed to remove oxygen from rigid and flexible packages such as pouches and packages containing fitments or solid closures. AIRSHIELDâ˘ provides greater efficiencies of (1) oxygen removal and volume levels, (2) saving money and (3) is self-triggering once package-filling begins.
In development for three years, AIRSHIELDâ˘ will be available to food and beverage processors and packagers during the first quarter of 2018. Early licensing, now in effect, will provide AIRSHIELDâ˘ customers with certain exclusivities for use of the patent-pending technology.
âAIRSHIELDâ˘ provides oxygen âscavengingâ (the removal of oxygen) and an oxygen barrier all in one product,â explained Rob Reinders, president of Performance Packaging. âOne big benefit is that AIRSHIELDâ˘ remains dormant until the package is filled with product. This is a HUGE advantage particularly with blow-molded PET bottles. Current scavengers in the PET market activate once the bottle is made, limiting the time processors have to fill the bottles. Combined with a print application on the substrate, this portrays truly active packaging!â Reinders added.
It has also been proven that AIRSHIELDâ˘ continuously scavenges oxygen from products that release their own oxygen into the package. The continuing release of oxygen over time internally degrades the product in the package.
AIRSHIELDâ˘ is an additive which removes the oxygen that is trapped during the filling process and then acts as an enhanced-oxygen barrier to keep the oxygen out of the container to extend the productâs shelf life. The additive is less expensive than most polymers it replaces.
The FDA affirmed that the additives in the oxygen scavenger mix are âgenerally recognized as safeâ (GRAS) and has issued Letters of No Objection regarding the use of AIRSHIELDâ˘ for any food contact packaging containers as well as food packaging for infants specifically under the age of six months. AIRSHIELDâ˘ for infants can be found in flexible pouches of foods through Performance Packagingâs patented offering SipPâ˘ spouts and caps for pouches.
While highly proprietary, it can be acknowledged that AIRSHIELDâ˘âs technical components are constructed to ensure they don't start working until food is placed into the package. Any oxygen permeating through the pouch encounters tortuosity (a maze-like path for oxygen permeation created by the addition of mineral compounds in the package). The addition of AIRSHIELDâ˘ facilitates oxidation in the presence of moisture, thus giving AIRSHIELDâ˘ its unique capabilities.
Other Food Packaging Developments Recently Achieved by Performance Packaging
The introduction of AIRSHIELDâ˘ follows an announcement by Performance Packaging in late 2015 regarding the companyâs âPixie Dustâ capability: a new and economical way to sterilize flexible packaging and its contents. The patented process features a âliquid-to-gasâ sterilization process that is so unique it has been code-named âPixie Dustâ by the company.
Performance Packaging is partnering to introduce magnetic induction heating as a more energy efficient and economically friendly replacement for tube in tube heat exchangers used in food processing. Magnetic induction has a vastly smaller footprint, is modular, less expensive, safer and provides a milder heat treatment compared to steam and tube in tube. The technology is leading the way in what is expected to be the all-electric future of food processing.
âMagnetic induction will cut food waste in processing tenfold,â Reinders commented. âThis is the primary concern of the major multinationals and governments around the world. It also reduces the environmental footprint of water, power and steam currently used in the pasteurization process.â
About Performance Packaging of Nevada
Founded in 1995, Performance Packaging is a leading supplier of flexible packaging, packaging machinery and folding cartons, including coffee bags, roll stock, spouted and zippered pouches, and pre-made retortable pouches. Performance Packagingâs innovations can be found on products from such diverse companies as Russell Stover Candies Inc., Vi-Jon, Tom Clark Confections Inc. and Baby Gourmet Foods Inc. The flexible packaging provides products ranging from Pharmaceutical Grade packages to surface-printed Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE). Folding cartons range from CCNB materials to Litho Laminate B-flute cartons. Shrink materials include PET, OPS, PVC OPP and shrink LDPE. The companyâs motto is âYour single source for ALL of your packaging needs.â For more information, please visit www.pplv.co