DSM invests in freshness technology

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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HEERLEN, THE NETHERLANDS — DSM Venturing, the corporate venturing unit of Royal DSM n.v., has made an investment in Food Quality Sensor International, Inc.

Based in Lexington, Mass., FQSI develops and commercializes technologies to detect the freshness levels of perishable foods. This investment marks DSM’s first in specialty packaging, which the company has named as an emerging business area.

"This is an important milestone for our activities in this new market," said Tony de Vrught, vice-president EBA Specialty Packaging. "Next to our investment, FQSI will be one of the companies we will work with to develop intelligent packaging concepts."

FQSI’s advanced sensor technology will be used in packaging concepts for fresh products, including meat and poultry.

FQSI’s latest product is Sensor Q — a stick-on sensor label meat packers apply to the inside of meat and poultry packages that detects gaseous byproducts of foodborne bacteria growing inside the package. The product is going through final testing and validating with an anticipated launch later this year.

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