Asda is testing a new fresh produce coating which it's claimed could reduce plastic packaging by tripling shelf life for fruit and vegetables.
The supermarket says: "Apeel is a plant-derived, water-based coating that gives produce a little extra peel that slows the rate of spoilage. "It is made of materials that exist in the peels, seeds, and pulp of all the fruits and vegetables we already eat. "It can double to triple the shelf life of many types of fresh produce, which reduces food waste." The trial will take place in two stores, Chatham in Kent and Glasshoughton in Yorkshire, with Asda clementines. It’s the first time the technology has been tested in the UK after it was granted approval for use by the EU Commission in June. Gordon Robertson, from Apeel Sciences, added: "There could also be additional benefits from the Apeel solution, should the trial prove successful.
"Because the extra peel protects the fruit from spoilage for longer, there is a lower need for pesticides and other post-harvest treatments to be used." Apeel is not currently available for use on all peels but Asda says it has been conducting some 'behind-closed-doors tests on how it performs on cucumbers'. The company added: "The results have been really promising, seeing shelf lives increasing even on cucumbers left unwrapped."