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Packaging and Labelling

Significant increase in QS system partner numbers at all levels of the fruit, vegetables, potatoes system chain

One positive development of recent years continues: In 2017, the number of QS system partners for fruit, vegetables and potatoes continued to increase. This is shown by the system partner figures published in January 2018. In the fruit, vegetables and potatoes sector, 31,919 system partners currently.....

‘Ja! Natürlich’ continues to rely on environmentally friendly packaging

Austria: Organic carrots in bags made from renewable materials

Austria's leading organic brand has been gradually reducing plastic packaging for years - over 380 tons so far. At the start of the new year, another milestone will be set: ‘Ja! Natürlich’ organic carrots will be packaged in a biodegradable bag based on renewable raw materials (vegetable oils, eg thistle and.....

Gerrit Tijhof, Sismatec:

"Top sealing offer many benefits"

This year, the Dutch processing and packaging company, Sismatec can once again be found at Fruit Logistica in Berlin with their PROSEAL top seal machines. "From the relatively small semi-automatic GTR to the large, fast GT6 - the typicalsimilarities are innovation, reliability and speed", says Gerrit Tijhof,.....

Swiss container group to accept cryptocurrency payments

Smart Containers Group, the Swiss-based high-tech logistics company and manufacturer of temperature-controlled containers for the food and pharmaceutical industries, today announced that one of its divisions, SkyCell AG, will accept cryptocurrency payments for its services. This innovation aims to expedite.....

New 8oz. clamshells for specialty onions

Frieda's wants to switch out of specialty onion mesh bags with their new, attractively branded, easy-to-display, 8 oz. clamshells. Varieties include cipolline onions, red, gold, and white pearl onions, and boiler onions, all in 12/8 oz. pack sizes.“Our new clamshells show off and protect the specialty onions.....

A more sustainable solution?

Bioplastics and biodegradable packaging

Plastic packaging is all over the media at the moment – in an incredibly negative light. Consumers have growing concerns about how plastic packaging is managed at end of life, and are worried about leakage into the ocean. This has brought in a focus on what can be done about plastic waste.The most obvious.....

Brooks Lee, of Durand-Wayland:

"The quality of vegetables and fruit can be graded more effectively, rapidly and consistently"

Grading and sorting produce has come a long way since everything was done by hand. In an economic environment where minimizing waste and accurately categorizing fresh produce are paramount, companies continue to develop technology to be able to optimize this process.Durand-Wayland is an agricultural supplier.....

Kilo-bucket of snack tomatoes: 50% more sales than expected

It was supposed to be a trial, just for the summer. But the trial was expanded, and the Tommies buckets, filled with a kilo of snack tomatoes, have been on the shelves of a major Dutch supermarket chain for more than six months now. “The combination of high-quality tomatoes, the right packaging, and a.....

DLB Packaging company buys new machine:

"Packing blueberries mechanically ensures better quality"

This week, Dutch packaging company DLB brought a new blueberry packaging line into use. With this, they are now capable of packaging 600 kg of berries per hour. The packaging line consists of two sorting units and an automated filling unit. Products are quality sorted using imaging and laser technology.The.....

Innovation and sustainability: Smilesys reclosable systems fight waste

The fight against food and plastic waste is an evergreen topic among governments, universities and companies, as it is in our everyday lives. In this globalized world, virtuous companies propose new solutions that are intended to combine flexibility and efficiency, to provide a new approach to the way people.....

Theresa May wants fruit and veg to be sold without plastic packaging

Fruit, vegetables and other fresh foods should be sold loose instead of in plastic packaging. British PM Theresa May is about to start a governmental war on plastic waste.Prime Minister Theresa May is promising the Government will work with supermarkets to encourage them to introduce plastic-free aisles in.....

Organic kiwifruit joins eco-revolution with laser labelling

AgrocolliBio, one Europe’s largest growers and marketers of organic kiwifruit has announced a major investment in innovative laser-labelling technology in collaboration with technology provider Laser Food, as the move away from wasteful paper labels gathers momentum across the continent. With feedback received.....

Michaël Wilde, Eosta:

“Turning point in use of laser technology almost reached”

The laser technology for fruit and vegetables has more and more product applications. The cost price of lasering fresh produce is now equal to the use of stickers or plastic packaging. According to Michaël Wilde of Eosta it’s only a matter of time before the turning point is reached, and both packers and.....

Maarten Kimman of Biopack packaging:

"Breakthrough for the fruit and vegetable sector: affordable and fully compostable trays for fruit and vegetables"

2018, a good time to make sustainable steps in the area of packaging. Excuses like 'too expensive' and 'insufficient supply' are no longer valid. "We are the first in Europe to succeed in making fully compostable dishes and trays for fruit and vegetables on the market," says Maarten Kimman of Biopack packaging.....

Packaging extends shelf life of avocados

Green skin avocados were tested lately with Liquidseal packaging. "In this trail the Liquidseal for Avocados treated green skins outperformed the control group by significantly reducing weight loss and retaining an overall better firmness, staying eat-ripe longer." "Therefore, the current formula for avocados.....

Lettuce grower-shipper rings in 2018 with New Year’s promotion

Tanimura & Antle is ringing in the New Year with a three week promotion to motivate consumers to take on a healthy lifestyle in 2018 with their Artisan Lettuce and Artisan Romaine. The promotion titled “New Year – Fresh Start” will begin on January 9th and run through January 30th.New Year – Fresh Start is.....

United Fresh to launch legal labeling review service

The United Fresh Produce Association has partnered with OFW Law, a law firm with expertise in food & agriculture regulatory issues, to provide members access to a legal review of product labels.This new service was initiated by the United Fresh Finance & Business Management Council in response to an.....

Packaging more than product protection

More growers get involved in fruit packaging decisions

In the past, packaging was viewed as a practical item, protecting foods from outside contamination, but over the last few years, the sector has seen a complete turnaround."Growers started to notice the shift in thinking about packaging and are becoming more and more involved in influencing consumer purchasing.....

Packaging Automation to demonstrate new motion tray sealer at Fruit Logistica

At Fruit Logistica this year, Packaging Automation (PA) will be exhibiting their latest patented technology in high speed tray sealing, designed for packing fruit and vegetables.On display will be the fully electric SL4 Motion tray sealer. Other products boasting the same technology as the SL4 include the.....

Modified atmosphere packaging for the retail market

The way fresh produce is handled and packaged is of important consideration to anyone in the industry. From the grower, to the shipper and the retailer through to the customer, it's in everyone's best interest to keep the produce as fresh as possible for as long as possible. There are countless solutions in.....

Landpack GmbH: pioneer in packaging made of hemp and straw

Germany: “Younger generation prefers ecological packaging”

Today sustainability, a rural appeal and of course appearance are the most important requirements in the food sector. This does not only apply to the products, but also to their packaging. The Landpack GmbH company from Puchheim started operating in this area in 2013, but is currently known all over Europe for.....