‘Tetra Pak’ for meats: Hong Kong’s IXON on shipping fresh meat from US to Asia without the need for cold chain
By Guan Yu Lim, Food Navigator Asia
Hong Kong-based IXON Food Technology, which has developed advanced sous-vide aseptic packaging (ASAP) to store fresh meat, fish and seafood at room temperature for up to two years, is building a pilot plant in the United States as part of its plans to grow its B2B and D2C channels.
Over the last two years, IXON has worked with more than 25 companies worldwide, including Italian chicken processor Amadori, US meat processors Cargill and Tyson Foods, seafood producer Thai Union, hygiene solution provider Ecolab as well as packaging firm Sealed Air.
Founder, Felix Cheung described IXON as the ‘Tetra Pak’ for solid foods. “We are sort of like Tetra Pak who does aseptic packaging for beverages and milks, but instead, we are doing solid foods, so proteins like meat, fish, seafood.” The ASAP technology also applies to fruits and vegetables.
Now, IXON expects to start building a pilot plant in US by the end of this year, which will serve as a showroom for its B2B customers, but at the same time become future production line for exports.
“Instead of just using this pilot plant as a showroom to showcase customers what our technology can do, we are using this as a production line to package meat and sell to Asia,” Cheung told FoodNavigator-Asia.
The plan is to work directly with meat or seafood processors in the US, package these proteins at the plant, and ship to Asia. Potential products will include sirloin steak, pork chop, chicken breast, chicken thighs, chicken wings, salmon and tuna.
IXON hopes its technology can help the food industry reduce costs and save energy while increasing production efficiency.
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