Reduced Oxygen Packaging
It produces over 1,000 tonnes of fish annually, with production for 2017 forecasted at 1,500 tonnes and a target for 2020 of 3,000 tonnes. 95% of its production is exported, with the remainder going to mainly high-end hotels on the island. Its main markets are the US and the EU, which account for 50% and 40% of its exports respectively.
Secondly, as with the oxygen permeable bags, the solution had to comply with FDA regulations. This was absolutely essential for access to the US market. Timestrip Seafood 3°C TTI labels could easily handle the first problem, as they are specially designed for vacuum packaged products. This low oxygen environment keeps products looking fresh until receipt by the end-user.
Apart from access to the US market, a related benefit of using an FDA compliance cold chain management tool is that the company is placed on a so-called “Green List”. This means that its products are not detained at receiving US airports and are only checked for temperature. This benefit is 100% correlated to the Timestrip seafood indicator being in compliance with FDA guidance and means the company’s US customers get to process their received products without any delays. Also, their use of Timestrip temperature indicators led to more business for the company.