Different food products have for these reasons optimal storage conditions where shelf life can be extended up to 10 times. Optimal storage conditions (headspace) are a composition of:
- Light (intensity and spectra)
- O2 concentration
- CO2 concentration
- Ethylene concentration
Storage under such special conditions is also called CA Technology (Controlled Atmosphere).
For fruits, vegetables and flowers an optimal climate for storage can make shelf life 4-8 times longer.