Active cardboard box with smart internal lining based on encapsulated essential oils for enhancing the shelf life of fresh mandarins
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AuthorLópez Gómez, Antonio; Ros Chumillas, María; Buendía Moreno, Laura; Navarro Segura, Laura; Martínez Hernández, Ginés Benito
Knowledge AreaTecnología de los Alimentos
SponsorsThis research was funded through a European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 812001.
Bibliographic CitationLópez-Gómez, A.; Ros-Chumillas, M.; Buendía-Moreno, L.; Navarro-Segura, L.; Martínez-Hernández, G.B. Active Cardboard Box with Smart Internal Lining Based on Encapsulated Essential Oils for Enhancing the Shelf Life of Fresh Mandarins. Foods 2020, 9, 590. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods9050590
Mandarins are usually sold in bulk and refrigerated in open cardboard boxes with a relatively short shelf-life (12–15 days) due to physiological and pathological disorders (rot, dehydration, internal breakdown, etc.). The influence of a controlled release of essential oils (EOs) from an active packaging (including β-cyclodextrin-EOs inclusion complex) was studied on the mandarin quality stability, comparing different sized cardboard trays and boxes, either non-active or active, at the pilot plant scale (experiment 1; commercialization simulation at room temperature after a previous simulation of short transportation/storage of 5 days at 8 °C). Then, the selected package was further validated at the industrial scale (experiment 2; cold storage at 8 °C up to 21 days). Among package types, the active large box (≈10 kg fruit per box) better maintained the mandarin quality, extending the shelf life from two weeks (non-active large box) to three weeks at room temperature. Particularly, the ...
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