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Asda is trialling an innovative new material which could help mitigate the need for plastic food packaging, without leading to an increase in food waste.

Developed by startup Apeel Sciences, the material consists of plant-based proteins and cellulose, mixed with water. It is designed to be sprayed onto fruit and vegetables, creating an extra layer that slows down the biological processes which cause food to spoil.

Trials on the material, called Apeel, found that it can double or triple the shelf life of numerous fruits and vegetables with natural peels, including citrus fruits.

Asda will use the material at its Chatham and Glasshoughton stores this week for a shipment of clementines, to assess its performance in stores and in different conditions across the supply

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