The barrier technology focuses on an iron-based oxygen scavenging system that can be incorporated into packing polymers for moulded, sheeted, thermoformed or film applications. The result is longer shelf-life for food and drinks and better quality retention, claims the company. Permeating Oxygen Branded as FreshBlend, the resin-bonded oxygen scavenging system is highly reactive to permeating oxygen and is compatible with passive nano particle additives. The benefits are simpler and/or thinner packaging structures with better barrier properties, said the award judges. Thinner mono-layer packaging also cuts costs compared with multi-layer structures and is easier to recycle and carries a significantly lower carbon foot-print than conventional systems, added the company. Packaging format The FreshBlend system can be customized to the needs of individual products depending on packaging format and product preservation requirement. IFT award judges said: "The oxygen-scavenging system impregnated into the packaging film is an enhancement over current oxygen control systems. The ability to absorb in-situ as well as permeating oxygen would have many benefits in food and beverage products." Last month, Multisorb launched a new sorbent solution to inhibit oxidative ad moisture-mediated degradation. FreshPax S is said to extend shelf life and maintain food product characteristics such as flavour, aroma and texture. The product can be pre-loaded with moisture to sustain a relative humidity level inside a package within five per cent of a targeted equilibrium given known moisture ingress and egress rates. According to the company, the technology is particularly effective for prepared foods comprised of dough or incorporating a filling where moisture levels must be strictly regulated such as refrigerated pizza and sandwiches. Multisorb Technologies was one of three food processing and packaging companies to win an IFT science award.