US-based industrial gases company Air Products has unveiled its Freshline Aroma modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) system in a move to assist food manufacturers in preserving product aromas.

Designed for packaged foods, Aroma MAP preserves natural aromas and flavours such as essential oils by vaporising them into the packaging.

The system can be incorporated into a manufacturer’s existing packaging line. It works by injecting a precise and repeatable amount of aroma or essential oils into the gas flow followed by transferring the mixture into the packaging machine.

Air Products industrial cryogenic and food expert Neil Hansford said: “The packaged food market is growing, along with MAP. Using natural solutions to tailor and enhance the customer experience in this space offers manufacturers real opportunities, you could say it’s a win-win for all concerned.”

“Using natural solutions to tailor and enhance the customer experience in this space offers manufacturers real opportunities.”

In addition to enhancing the customers’ sensory experience, the new technology will allow food manufacturers to tackle food waste and reduce unnecessary costs associated with product returns.

According to the company, Aroma MAP is suitable for a range of food products such as processed meat, dried foods, and bakery items. It is claimed to comply with all relevant legislation and best practices.

In February, Air Products unveiled a fluxless soldering technology, using electron attachment (EA) technology for wafer-level packaging applications.

Using activated hydrogen at ambient pressure, the EA technology removes metal oxides from electroplated solder bumps on semiconductor wafers.