MAP packaging is a process that uses gas mixtures specifically designed to promote optimal product preservation within the package.
Compared to atmospheric air, the gas mixture that constitutes the Protective Atmosphere brings several advantages:
Naturally fresh products
With MAP packaging you can significantly reduce or even eliminate the use of additives and preservatives for the benefit of the natural life and freshness of the product.
The “lid” films and foils for packaging in protective atmosphere produced by Gruppo Fabbri boast excellent transparency, making packaged foods clearly visible and attractive.
The closure offered by MAP packaging is hermetic or “leak-proof”, guaranteeing maximum hygiene and cleanliness during transport, at the point of sale and during the purchasing process.
Modified atmosphere packaging preserves food quality
Extended shelf life
With the use of technical gases, extension of shelf-life, which becomes double or triple depending on the product
Products packaged in MAP/ATP packages are protected from contamination, handling and impacts
The film and the sealed closure generate a package with high mechanical resistance for the benefit of logistics
Tray-sealed packages limit environmental impact through the use of specific materials of recycled, recyclable or compostable origin and optimized thicknesses
The validity of a MAP package therefore depends on the composition of the protective atmosphere and its resistance over time. For this reason it is essential to contact a supplier who knows and can guarantee a perfect synergy between the packaging machine and the packaging materials used.
A correct MAP packaging, particularly suitable for fresh products such as meat, fish or pasta, must be able to guarantee the following.
The correct type of protective atmosphere
The packaging with the right gas mixture must enhance the product and preserve the colors and flavors according to its specificity
The dosage of the protective atmosphere inside the package
The packaging machine must guarantee the precision and repeatability of the packaging method established for that foodstuff
The constancy of the protective atmosphere
Thanks to the use of barrier films against the leakage of the protective atmosphere and the entry of atmospheric gases, the gas mixture must remain the same over time to ensure the useful life of the product
To guarantee a complete barrier effect against the escape of the protective atmosphere and the entry of atmospheric gases, the films used for MAP packaging are made up of several layers in different materials, since one material alone would not be able to fulfil all the functions expected of the packaging. For this reason, several coextruded or laminated polymeric materials are used, where each of them has its own precise function, depending on the customer’s needs for different types of packaging.
Discover the variety of barrier food films made available by Gruppo Fabbri to meet the demands of the market:
Gruppo Fabbri’s range also includes tray-sealers of different sizes and productivity, also suitable for modified atmosphere packaging: they provide the best results in combination with Gruppo Fabbri films, but also boast excellent performance with films from all the major manufacturers on the market.
Discover them below and click on the image for more information on each product: