By: Taylor Preston  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Packaging, Beef, Lamb

Vacuum Packed

Indicates that the product has been packed in a specially formulated bag - vacuum packed and sealed to snug fit. For either chilled or frozen product.

Vacuum Tray Packed

Indicates that the product is in one or more portions packed into tray and them covered by film or enclosed in a vacuum bag. For either chilled or frozen product.

Individually Wrapped

Indicates that the product has been individually wrapped in an approved material, usually polythene. (Can be either a sheet or bag).

Layer Packed

Indicates that the product is solid packed into a carton with the product layered. Can be packed in either a polylined or approved lined carton. For frozen product only.

Vacuum Packed

While the majority of meat exported from New Zealand has in the past been frozen, there is now an increasing demand for chilled product to be delivered by sea or air. An increasing quantity of lamb and beef products is vacuum packed which significantly extends the storage life of chilled meat. Aging is the natural tenderising process, which uses naturally occurring enzymes in the meat to break down the muscle fibre. As the aging process continues, the vacuum packaging provides an effective barrier to both oxygen an bacteriological contamination, while at the same time preventing substantial moisture loss.

Stored in a strict temperature controlled environment of 0ÂșC, beef can keep for up to 16 weeks and lamb primal cuts for up to 11 weeks.

Vacuum packed meat required careful handling and storage. Aged vacuum packed meat can be frozen in the bag without sacrificing any of the benefits of aging. All frozen products must be thawed under controlled conditions.

Gas Flushed

Gas Flushed packaging is another form of packaging, where instead of pulling a vacuum the packs are flushed with a mixture of gases. Like vacuum pack the inner pouch used is impermeable to gasses to retain the modified gas atmosphere around the meat. Gas flush product held in a strict temperature controlled environment enable up to a 14 week shelf life on lamb primal cuts.

Bulk Packed

Indicates that the product is solid packed into a carton. Can be packed in either a polylined or approved lined carton. For frozen product only

Please note: Vacuum packaged and gas flushed meat looks different to unpacked fresh meat. It is a purple-red color caused by a pigment known as myoglobin. On exposure to air the pigment absorbs oxygen and within a short period the meat regains its natural colour. A slightly sour odour may be noticed when the meat is first exposed, however this will dissipate in a short period of time.

At Taylor Preston, we cater to suit the individual packaging requirements of each of our customers. Our lamb, mutton, veal, beef and venison cuts can be individually vacuum packed, wrapped, layer packed, bulk packed or packed into smaller retail boxes. These meat cuts, goulash and offal's are packed, according to the set weight requirements of customers, for convenient 500 grams, 1 kg trays or even to a set weight per pack.

Our printed Taylor Preston Lamb vacuum bags have eight language texts as well as information on safe handling procedures. Not only is this eye catching but very informative to all the major markets we serve throughout the world. We also have printed insert labels for all our beef steak products.

We are currently developing high quality skin film packaging for supermarket display and portion controlled cuts. This will be available in both lamb and beef cuts. These cuts can be targeted for specific customers showing recipes, barcodes and individual requirements.

Taylor Preston product is presented in a wide range of cartons. From the standard size cartons to smaller catering style cartons which are very popular for the higher value product. Many of our lamb and beef cuts can be bulk packed into lined cases which is suitable for further processing and minimising the volume of packaging to dispose of.

Labelling for individual customer needs can easily be accommodated. This can be for importer codes, in-house bar codes as well as customer specific requests for both cut and carton labelling. As well customising labels to your requirements, Taylor Preston can produce house brand packaging to your specifications.

Keywords: Beef, Carton, Lamb, Meat, Packaging