Result Group will be distributing the FreshTag time-temperature indicator (TTI) labels that signpost the freshness of food with easy-to-read colour codes.
FreshTag is a fully automated TTI that the company says is ideally suited to managing perishable products in supply chains, at retailers, and with consumers.
Result Group claims the FreshTag sensory label motivates changes in the behaviour of consumers and personnel who maintain chill chains, which leads to better temperature control.
Poor chill chain management within the supply chain and uncertainty about how long ago food packs were opened after purchase are a couple of the issues that Result Group says FreshTag labels can successfully address.
According to the company, FreshTag "assures the consumer" that the product was properly handled, and would indicate remaining shelf life, based on the actual time and temperature conditions experienced during distribution and handling.
Result Group says there are several benefits of deploying sensory labels that have earned the trust of supply and distribution chains – the produce retains its quality, and shelf life can be extended; losses to temperature abuse are significantly reduced; a fresher product is delivered to customers; there is reduced food wastage; and anyone can see the remaining product life easily.
In terms of stock management, Result Group says the process is simplified and standardised across the entire supply chain, and there is a better indication of real product life compared to date codes.
According to Michael Dossor, Result Group GM, “It is the perfect method to resolve the need for a cost-effective way to individually monitor the condition of products throughout the distribution cycle.
“And, at the same time, it provides consumers with much sought after information on product freshness.”
FreshTag labels are customisable and allow for calibrating the required time or temperature profiles to fit with a variety of fresh and perishable produce, such as fresh meats, cheese and vegetables, as well as time or temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products.
The tags can be used at various levels in the packaging chain, such as at the pallet, case or individual item.