Client: Global Pulp and Paper Company
Project Title: Active and Intelligent Packaging for Fruits and Vegetables

The Challenge:

The ability to ship fresh product over long distances has made a wide variety of fruits and vegetables available to markets that may not otherwise have access to them. This ability, however, comes with the task of ensuring the produce arrives on store shelves at its peak flavor and freshness, a challenge which can often increase costs and decrease customer satisfaction due to overripe fruits and spoiled vegetables. A Global Pulp and Paper Company wanted to find an “intelligent” or “active” packaging technology that could be used to track temperature and ripeness and control the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables during shipment, ultimately extending its shelf life and creating less waste.

Our Approach:

Reaching into its wide breadth of Solution Providers, NineSigma invited proposals for both intelligent packing technologies that would help track the freshness as well as active technologies that could extend the shelf life of produce. The global community responded with a wide variety of Proposals for the Client to evaluate, hailing from regions including Asia, Europe and North America. NineSigma distributed the company’s needs through the solution provider community.

The Impact:

After evaluating the proposals, the Client began further discussions with six identified groups before selecting a single Solution Provider. The Client entered into a deal with Bioastra, a Canadian smart-polymer company that developed a prototype intelligent and active technology. Upon prototype evaluation, the Client soon realized that the technology would be applicable to a different field as well, and is now in the process of applying it to the transport of blood products.


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