(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) OCTAL, the leading food packaging material supplier with sales in over 40 countries, has marked its entry into the date packaging market in UAE with the largest and influential date producers “ Al Foah Company, Royal Dates Company and Dubai Dates Factory.The company supplies its ground-breaking DPET sheet for the packaging of both whole dates and date paste which is exported to the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.Fast becoming the food processing industry's packaging supplier of choice, OCTAL's DPET sheet, with its improved barrier properties, works effectively to package produce such as dates.The sheet preserves contents from deterioration while providing high-impact shelf appeal especially for detailed printing designs in both Vacuum and Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) applications.Waddah Alraad, general manager, Royal Dates, said, ''Maximising shelf-life and maintaining freshness and flavour naturally is a key consideration for packaging dates.OCTAL has been able to understand our requirements and translate them into crystal clear packaging solutions that confront the challenges we face in the ability to market and differentiate our dates so that customers can appreciate the actual quality of our products.''Consequently, this has transformed traditional date retailing methods, satisfied the demands of retailers and consumers, and propelled our business forward, creating a win-win proposition for all parties."The clarity and rigidity of OCTAL's packaging material has enabled us upgrade the quality of our end product and increase visibility in the competitive retail market.''Ghassan Sawaya, regional sales manager, OCTAL, said, ''OCTAL's packaging material offers an environmentally conscious, re-usable and attractive packaging solution for dried fruits."Date packaging along with other initiatives is part and parcel of the company's strategy to drive wholesale conversation of global product lines to PET packaging and introduce next generation applications that unlock a broad spectrum of advantages for producers, retails, consumers and the environment.''Sawaya explained that compared to other polymers, OCTAL's DPET sheet uses 65 per cent less grid electricity per kilogramme of sheet that translates to a 25 per cent lower carbon footprint than traditionally-produced APET as verified by independent researchers, Intertek Expert Services.