Del Monte unveils controlled ripening technology for bananas

10/06/2009 06:23:05 PM
Pamela Riemenschneider

Courtesy Del Monte

'Natural Energy Snack on the Go' single finger units are a part of Del Monte’s new line of vending machine fruit and vegetable packs.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Whether it’s a single banana or an entire carton, Del Monte’s new controlled ripening technology has a close wrap on shelf life, ripening and handling.

After several months of successful retail trials, Coral Gables, Fla.-based Del Monte Fresh Produce rolled out the new technology at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit in Anaheim Oct. 2-5.

“Natural Energy Snack on the Go” single finger units are a part of Del Monte’s new line of vending machine fruit and vegetable packs. They also come in 40-pound cases and 10-pound display units. The CRT technology enhances sweetness, prevents damage and extends shelf life up to five days longer than other single-serving bananas, according to Del Monte. 

The company also is using the technology at the case level. In that application, CRT helps create a brighter looking, sweeter tasting banana with shelf life extended up to three days longer than without the packaging.

The packaging helps retailers and distributors not only reduce shrink at the retail level, but also reduce labor because they can have fewer deliveries and no air stacking, said Vidya Samsundar, marketing manager.

Those benefits are more than outweighing the cost to upgrade to the CRT technology, Samsundar said. The retailers who have been using the system over the past four or five months have had nothing but praise for it, she said.



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Sue    
Columbia, SC  |  August, 24, 2012 at 07:39 AM

I have purchased many packages of bananas at Aldi's using the CRT packaging and am not happy with the results. It seems the bananas are wet and soggy upon opening and actually ripen faster than before the packaging was implemented. I have discarded many over pipened bananas thus increasing the awesome purchase price of .44/pound. Any other thoughts?

William Watson    
Springfield, TN  |  January, 28, 2013 at 03:14 PM

I have had very good success with bananas in the CRT bag, with the bananas lasting up to a week. You do have to buy the bananas a little on the green side and you need to close the bag like you received it by folding over the opening and reattaching the rubber band. If the bananas are too ripe when you buy them, then nothing is going to save them. The only thing better than the CRT bag is Debbie Meyer green bags or boxes.

Robin Hudson    
November, 11, 2012 at 03:39 PM

I too just purchased bananas in the CRT bag, I am no trilled with it. Bananas looked good when I got home, two days ago now they seem to be ripening very quickly. Seemed like a good idea, and I hope it works, but as far as this go for me, it did not.

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