The quality of peppers and tomatoes packaged in PLA seems to be better than in traditional plastics. This is the result of a study carried out by Wageningen based UR Food & Biobased Research, which was commissioned by Eosta ( organic vegetable and fruit marketers ), Taghleef Industries (producer of packaging films) and Bio4Pack (supplier of organic packaging). Preliminary investigations by the Dutch company Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research this year already proved the packaging materials such as sugar cane , PLA trays and PLA foilsperform better for the environment. "We're giving retailers an instrument to reduce losses in the store while doing something good for the environment," says Paul Hendriks, who at Eosta is responsible for Nature & More packaging. "We've been using compostable renewable packaging for years and are happy to support scientific research, which we've been experiencing all along, and in practice, we see our fresh products last two days longer in PLA." Eosta was the first to introduce compostable packaging in Europe in 2005. In the meantime, the company is the largest buyer of compostable packaging made from renewable raw materialsin the agf industry. The study's PLA packaging (Eosta, Taghleef Industries en Bio4Pack) is purchased under the source options program, which implies that the farms do not use genetically modified corn.