Longer life for Charlotte Successful trials at MBM Produce, one of the largest potato packers in the UK, has allowed Sainsbury to extend the shelf life of Charlotte potatoes by two days. The product is sealed in the punnet using a modified atmosphere film usually associated with ready meals. It has been provided by Rexham working with Packaging Automation. Its machine can handle 80 packs a minute an increase of 35 on the previous system. lThe first estimate by the British Potato Council indicates that the total crop is 6.66 million tonnes compared with 6.17 million tonnes last year. This is slightly above the five year average. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}