James Cantoni, buying manager, Welwyn Garden City, said: “We are always looking for new ways to reduce food waste and bring fresh British produce to our customers. So, this week we’re launching a trial of our new fully recyclable pulp punnet.
“Our customers were influential in helping us make this change. They told us that our current plastic punnets sometimes put them off buying mushrooms. Customers said that condensation sometimes forms in the plastic punnets which in turn can lead to the mushroom quality deteriorating more quickly. So, we’ve been looking at ways to improve quality and keep our produce fresher for longer.”
“Aesthetically the punnets have a more natural look and feel which we hope will address the customers concerns about the plastic punnets.”
The punnets are made from fully recyclable material and allows for moisture to be absorbed, whilst still maintaining integrity. In a standard plastic punnet, moisture cannot be absorbed and sits in the bottom of the container. This exposure can lead to increased deterioration of the mushrooms by becoming discoloured and soft. Tesco said the new punnets will prevent that.
Source: News – Packaging News