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Pace International has launched a new high-shine, edible coating at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Orlando, Fla.

Called PrimaFresh 606 GL, the company said the product is based on carnauba, a natural vegetable lipid extracted from sustainably-managed palm tree plantations. 

“Carnauba-based edible films provide excellent dehydration and respiration control when applied to harvested fruits, significantly extending the fruits freshness, eye appeal and shelf life,” David Felicetti, Pace’s research and development manager, said in a news release.

The product also has excellent coverage in a range of packing lines and delivers a long-lasting gloss for immediate distribution and longer-term storage, according to the release.

In other news, Pace International’s ecoFOG technology was honored with “Sumika Sustainable Solutions”, status by the company’s parent, Sumitomo Chemical Company. 

The company’s ecoFOG product can be used for freshness protection for apples, pears, plums, and kiwifruit during storage, according to the release. The technology uses an electro-thermofogging system that creates a dry fog that covers fruit in storage rooms and provides decay and scald control.