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Carl Collen

BY CARL COLLEN

Peakfresh helps produce blast off

Company's bags are being utilized by NASA for produce being sent to and stored at the International Space Station

Peakfresh helps produce blast off

The International Space Station

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Peakfresh USA, a manufacturer and distributor of modified atmosphere packaging products across North America, has announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is utilising its produce bags on its latest International Space Station (ISS) resupply mission via SpaceX CRS-14.

The launch successfully took place on Monday 2 April at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and will be delivering supplies and equipment to the ISS.

The Peakfresh bags being used by NASA are the same produce bags available in local markets nationwide and online US retailers.

Each bag measures 12” x 16” and is being used by NASA to store fruit and vegetables such as oranges, apples, carrots and tomatoes. Prior to launch, the produce was washed, air-dried, placed in Peakfresh bags and then stored in the capsule. Once arriving at the ISS, the produce will remain in Peakfresh bags until consumed by the astronauts.

“Peakfresh has a long history of successfully helping produce growers, shippers, and retailers in preserving their produce from harvest, to storage, during transit and at store level,” said Greg Ganzerla, President and CEO of Peakfresh USA. “The 12” x 16” home-use bag is our latest offering and we’ve experienced tremendous reception from consumers.

"I am honored that NASA is using Peakfresh at the ISS and am confident that it will provide the shelf life extension they need," he added. "Furthermore, because we proudly manufacture our product in the United States, it is especially meaningful that a US Federal Agency like NASA is using it.”

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