Skin packs “almost double shelf life” for burgers
According to Food Production Daily, an initiative in Waitrose supermarkets (UK) has almost doubled the shelf life for its Gourmet Burger Kitchen meat.
Instead of placing burgers in traditional tray packages, air is sucked out of the packaging, thereby creating a plastic “skin” over the product. This “starves bacteria of a food source[,] therefore reducing and slowing further growth,” says James Beaumont, Marketing Manager for All About Foods.
According to FPD, Waitrose “saw a 17% sales increase when the skin packs were introduced just over a year ago. The retailer saves 30 tonnes of packaging per year as a result of the change.”