Predicted Brexit supply issues puts shelf-life into renewed focus

Mechline Developments' HyGenikx air and surface sanitisation system can prolong the shelf-life of perishable fresh food by an average of 58%

It looks like the UK may be heading towards a no deal Brexit, but even if some kind of deal can be brokered – disruption at our ports looks certain and concerns about delays and a shortage of food imports from suppliers on the continent are growing.

The situation is putting pressure on operators to get the most from existing food stocks, rather than waiting for supplies to run low and replenishing with next day deliveries as is normal. However, with that, comes the issue of extending the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables to maximise their life and avoid wastage.

A recent independent test, commissioned by Mechline Developments, has highlighted how the company’s HyGenikx air and surface sanitisation system can prolong the shelf-life of perishable fresh food by an average of 58% (approximately 7.5 days)—with some produce proving to last as much as 150% longer.

Covid-secure measures

“HyGenikx has already proved its worth to a wide variety of operators in this most challenging of years – as the technology in the wall-mounted system proactively kills bacteria and viruses 24/7, including Coronaviruses, and has been a crucial part of Covid-secure measures in hospitality venues across the country,” says Mechline marketing manager Kristian Roberts.

“Now, as a no deal Brexit looms and delays of fruit and vegetable imports from Europe are anticipated, operators with HyGenikx can be boosted by an independent study that shows how HyGenikx can also significantly prolong the shelf life and quality of perishable fresh produce by an average of 58%. The result is less food waste, ongoing cost savings and peace of mind for operators as they can purchase greater amounts when product is available, safe in the knowledge it will last until required.”

The independent study was carried out by ALS Life Sciences Europe with the aim of assessing the ability of HyGenikx to prolong the shelf life of produce stored in a cold room and to improve environmental conditions. The results of the study showed an increase in the shelf life of all 11 products trialled, with the highest three increases recorded being Strawberries, with +150% (+9 days), Chestnut Mushrooms, with +107.1% (+15 days) and Grapes with a twofold increase (+12 days).

The ideal complement

Leading restaurateurs including Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL, owner of Café Spice Namaste have also been keen to praise the benefits of HyGenikx. “I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend HyGenikx to other foodservice or hospitality businesses as it is the ideal complement to manual cleaning. It helps to protect customers and staff and extends the shelf life of fresh produce,” he says.

HyGenikx models start from as little as £289, require no training to use and no costly installation as they simply plug into a standard socket and consume very little energy, requiring only 9-13 watts. The HyGenikx range has models to suit every application, from cold rooms, food preparation areas and front of house, to washrooms, refuse areas and beyond.

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About Mechline

Mechline Developments is a UK leading manufacturer of specialised equipment for the foodservice and hospitality industry. Having started life in 1984 as a commercial kitchen equipment service and installation company, in 1988 we developed our first patented product (QuickLink) – a quick disconnect system for catering sinks that allows for easy cleaning. Since then we have focussed on building a portfolio of innovative and unique products for the foodservice industry and more recently a range of products for the waste and facilities management sectors.

Mechline works to be the authority and market leader on products engineered to address common issues in the foodservices and environmental sectors – whether it’s in function, design or operational ease-of-use. The combination of experience and know-how ensures that each range we offer (including GreasePak, BaSix, AquaTechnix and more) has a unique feature or characteristic that simplifies the catering professionals work environment and helps operators to maintain good practice for hygiene in commercial kitchens.

Commercially, Mechline has developed a strong distribution network throughout the UK and Ireland via food service equipment distributors, dealers, project contractors and service companies and are now looking expand this network internationally. We strive to distribute and market products that provide innovation and value for our customers, promoting best practices in commercial food service facilities, operational benefits, quality and safety.

About HyGenikx

The technology within HyGenikx is proven to inactivate viruses, including coronaviruses, by using a unique combination of UVC, PCO and trace ozone to destroy these microorganisms. Studies have shown that this technology is effective against SARS-CoV, a virus from the same family as the current, COVID-19, coronavirus strain (SARS-CoV-2). It works by damaging the genetic material of viruses so that they can no longer function or reproduce, rendering them harmless. The HyGenikx technology has also been shown to significantly reduce the presence of MS-2 coliphage (a surrogate for Norovirus) both in the air and on surfaces. MS-2 is a non-enveloped virus that is more difficult to eradicate than lipid-enveloped coronaviruses, such as SARS-CoV-2.

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