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Article | April 30, 2001
Sliced apples stay fresh for 36 days
Reichel Foods has moved from nacho chips and dip to luncheon meat to PBJ ‘Snax’ to carrots to celery, all in thermoformed trays. Now comes sliced apples with a 36-day refrigerated shelf life.
What better street in Rochester MN than Enterprise Drive to house a firm as driven and enterprising as Reichel Foods? Founded in March of ’97 the company has wasted no time in establishing itself as a supplier of packaged snacks modeled after the incredibly popular Lunchables brand snacks from Oscar Mayer.
First it was nacho chips and salsa which need no refrigeration. Then it was packages of luncheon meat cheese and crackers with a 60-day refrigerated shelf life. Next the innovative firm expanded into Dippin’ Stix: 4-oz refrigerated carrots or celery packaged with a flavored dip. Now comes an even more impressive feat of packaging: fresh sliced apples in portion packaging that provides a 36-day refrigerated shelf life. This has been achieved thanks to a combination of barrier materials modified atmosphere and lessons learned from experimentation.