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Annual Press Conference of the VDW 2018

Corrugated cardboard success story continues despite dramatic cost situation

The corrugated cardboard industry in 2017 benefited from the generally good economic development in Germany. In 2017, the members of the Association of the Corrugated Cardboard Industry (VDW) were able to achieve an increase in sales of 4.3 percent. This is well above the general economic growth of 2.5 percent.....

Migros removes apple slices from assortment after protests

Only some three weeks ago, Migros added a new product to its product range. 70 grams of apple slices, packed in a plastic bag, offered for CHF 1.50 (€1.28). Target customers: Pupils and employees who wanted a quick snack during their break. TweetRecently, however, there have been more and more protests against.....

California citrus packer launches new look Suki mandarin bags

The latest citrus product from Suntreat is here with the kickoff of the Suki Mandarin season. The name Suki (pronounced SUE-KEY) translates to “love,”. Suntreat says this can be seen by the amount of extra care they put in to make the quality mandarin, as well as the reaction consumers will have when they.....

Beet company launches resealable packaging and doubles shelf-life

Love Beets, the brand of all natural, ready-to-eat beet products, has relaunched their line of marinated baby beets and other beet items with double the shelf-life and new resealable packaging, making their products even more convenient and appealing to retailers and consumers alike.Effective March 12, 2018,.....

Ugly citrus embraced with new pack designs

Classic Harvest says their Gold Nuggets feature an eye catching purple retro design that calls out the bumpy and ugly nature of Gold Nuggets while shouting out the sweet delicious surprise that awaits inside. Classic Harvest will be shipping Gold Nuggets now through the end of April.“We are thrilled to add.....

India: Scientists develop bacterial wrap that keeps vegetables extra fresh

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology in Hyderabad have kept tomatoes fresh and without any microbial spoilage for as long as 30 days. And this was not done by refrigeration, but by using a special, experimental cellulose wrap.Dr Shivakalyani Adepu and Dr Mudrika Khandelwal from IIT–Hyderabad’s.....

Shippable fridge-freezer combination made of corrugated cardboard

The modular packaging "THIMM COOLandFREEZE" for temperature-controlled shipping was awarded the iF Design Award 2018. The innovative shipping packaging enables the joint transport of frozen, chilled and non-refrigerated products within one package. Temperature-controlled packaging for food and medical devices.....

Joop de Vries, Linpac:

"Side ventilation has a lot of advantages for fresh products"

"Linpac was the first in Europe to offer 100% recycled packaging," says Joop de Vries of Linpac. Linpac is part of the Klöckner Pentaplast and Infia is the brand for the fruit and vegetables packagings. Linpac produces packaging made from 100% recycled PET. "In the Netherlands and a lot of other countries a.....

Made from renewable materials and biodegradable:

New alternative to the plastic bag at SPAR Austria

Starting immediately, SPAR is testing a new variant of the reusable carrying bag throughout all of Austria. The SPAR Natur* pur bio reusable bag made of renewable GMO-free raw materials is biodegradable and was developed and produced by an Austrian biopolymer expert. Overall, the volume of reusable bags at.....

Compostable labels

Now that eco-friendly bags have become the norm, having compostable labels, stickers and strips has become a need as well as an element of added value.LGL has a wide range of solutions available certified in the "All Compost" category.Technical manager Nicola Zannoni explains that "the products have been very.....

Now Woolworths gets slammed

Internet spat about packaged bananas

There was an uproar yesterday when a shopper took this picture of bananas on pallets inside an Australian supermarket. And well, it is a mystery: Are there still people who don't want to cut down on plastic packaging?

The Netherlands

The first plastic-free supermarket

The public concern about the excess use of plastics in sectors such as food production, especially due to the environmental impact of poor waste management, is motivating all kinds of responses and attempts to minimise the effect of this global problem.The ecological supermarket chain Ekoplaza has taken.....

Saving more than 60 million boxes in 2017

Study: Aldi Süd - reusable crates are saving the environment

The Aldi Süd Group saved more than 60 million cardboard boxes in 2017 alone through the use of reusable crates for the transport of fruit and vegetables.The environmental benefits of reusable transport packaging were recently confirmed in a life cycle assessment study by the renowned Fraunhofer Institute for.....

China: The growing importance of packaging

At present, while agricultural product variety becomes richer every day, there are also significant changes in the way people conceptualize consumption, and in their patterns of purchase, as well as the systems by which they value businesses. Unlike a few years ago, when consumers only paid attention to the.....

Oji Fibre Solutions

New cardboard manufacturing facility in Queensland, Australia

In November 2016, Oji Fibre Solutions first announced the plans to develop a new paper-based packaging facility in Queensland. Now it has opened a new $72 million cardboard manufacturing facility in Yatala, Queensland, Australia. The facility in Yatala was developed to manufacture and supply corrugated.....

Ontario greenhouse grower wins PAC Award for Veggies To Go

Mucci Farms announces that they have been awarded a Best In Class Award in the New Brand – Food & Beverage category at the 2018 Packaging Consortium (PAC) Awards. Highly regarded as a global industry leader, PAC is a not-for-profit corporation that includes over 2,500 members throughout the packaging value.....

Italy: Cost of paper and plastic material to increase by 20%

Over the past few months, different packaging and packaging material producers and logistics operators have found out that the cost of raw material has increased by almost 20%. We are talking about plastic (PP and PET) and virgin paper."We are worried because this is a rather delicate stage. Over the past 3-4.....

Use of shared and reusable “Smart Packaging” maximizes operational efficiency

Pure Flavor® - IFCO partnership ensures year-round delivery of fresh produce across North America

Pure Flavor®’s use of IFCO Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) has had a positive impact for the Leamington, Ontario-based, vertically integrated provider of a wide variety of fresh produce products year-round to retailers across North America. After six years of collaboration, Pure Flavor®’s use of IFCO RPCs.....

CAN (ON): Packaging partnership ensures year-round fresh produce

Pure Flavor’s use of IFCO Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) has had a positive impact for the Leamington, Ontario-based, vertically integrated provider of a wide variety of fresh produce products, year-round to retailers across North America. After six years of collaboration, Pure Flavor’s use of IFCO RPCs.....

Alvarpack Group - packaging solutions for the fresh-cut segment

"The reason behind our success is the approach we have with our customers. We like to be their partners rather than mere suppliers. This is why leading companies have chosen us day after day, so much so that we have become a company of reference for them," explains Marco Alvares, managing director of Alvarpack.....

Italy: Crates made from unsold artichoke waste

Unsold artichoke waste made into vegetable crates - the Smart Materials research group at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, led by Athanassia Athanassiou, in collaboration with Società Gestione Mercato di Genova (SGM) and Ascom Confcommercio, has developed a bioplastic sustainable packaging solution.The project.....

Specialty produce grower's display unit on show this week

Frieda’s Specialty Produce said it is bringing innovation to the table at SEPC Southern Exposure expo booth 205 on March 3 with its three-tier display unit and sampling of Frieda’s varieties of dragon fruit.According to Frieda’s, its three-tier display unit is easy to set up in the store and takes up very.....

"A tribute to waste and the absurd"

Spain: Single onions packed on trays with cling film?

Can an onion make you cry without you even touching it? A picture that has been circulating on social media has shown that it can at least make you feel sad. It is the photo of a whole onion that, despite being covered with its own skin, is sold packed on a plastic tray with cling film on top.The photograph,.....