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Packaging and Labelling
Buyers have little understanding for packaged organics
Consumer buys unpackaged organic fruit and vegetables more often
Organic fruits and vegetable are being sold unpackaged more often. Research by Wageningen UR and the GroentenFruit Huis Comité Biohandel, through a virtual supermarket, shows that 20 percent more consumers bought these products when they were unpackaged. In the second instance it was shown that the sales.....
Israel: New edible packaging to be presented at Agritech 2015
At the Agritech 2015 exhibition, to be held from 28-30 April 2015 in Tel Aviv, the Volcani Institute will present a custom packaging for any fruit or vegetable which protects it from external contamination and physical injury and will also be edible. This will help prevent environmental pollution caused by.....
US bill proposed for GMO free products
Inspired by the popular "USDA organic" label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients.The idea is part of an attempt to block mandatory labeling of foods that include genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The certification would be.....
Karl Hermans, MikoPac:
Growth processed fruit and veg sector with polypropylene packaging
MikoPac is a Belgian company that is specialised in plastic packaging. These are made out of polyproplylene. "The reason we make packaging out of polypropylene is that this material can absorb large changes in temperature," says director Karl Hermans. "We serve a lot of different segments, including the.....
Fruit fly nets for exporters
With restrictions on the movement of fresh fruit and vegetables in Australia and New Zealand becoming an increased biosecurity issue ProFresh Systems have launched a range of fruit fly nets. Saul Windiate from ProFresh Systems, says "We have listened to our concerned Growing & Exporting clients and.....
AU: Joint venture offers pre-pack solutions
After more than 15 years of working together, Valleyfresh and Etherington are launching a new joint venture in Perth. Appropriately named Packing Station, the facility will offer pre-packing, storage and distribution services to third parties when it opens its doors at E7 (Market City Perth) on May 1.....
US (ME): Legislators speed up GMO labeling law
In 2013, Maine passed a law that would require foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labeled, but the law would only go into effect if four other nearby states also pass labeling laws. Now, some legislators in Maine want GMO labeling to kick in sooner. Last Friday, they proposed a new.....
Frozen Australian berries already a hit
Australian grown frozen berries are not due to hit the supermarket shelves for two to three months, but the team behind the new Matilda’s Fruit brand frozen strawberries have already been receiving messages of support from government and fans on facebook, coverage in national Australian press and a media.....
Australian frozen berries a precious commodity
Customers have expressed their intentions when it comes to frozen berries, and Australian grower and supplier Lee-Anne Yewers has been doing her best to meet increasing demand following the Hepatitis A scare from contaminated berries imported from China. “We had products in here four weeks ago, and it went.....
BRC IoP and BRC S&D certified in new company building
LC Packaging Belgium focuses on quality and food safety
LC Packaging Belgium has recently become BRC S&D and BRC IoP certified. Late 2013, the company moved to its new building in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, being able to fully focus on the optimization of quality and food safety. The BRC standard describes the hygiene and safety requirements for food processing.....
AU: Customers slam supermarkets on excessive packaging
Customers of Woolworths and Coles have a simple message for the supermarket giants – stop wrapping small portions of your produce in plastic.More than 50,000 people have backed a West Australian shopper who has set up a petition to curb the retailer’s excessive use of plastic and styrofoam packaging on.....
A new way to consume fruit
Fruit halves revolutionising the market
In early March, the Spanish retailer El Corte Inglés launched a new range of fresh fruits sliced in halves and packed in modified atmosphere conditions by PERIS.The range was presented at Fruit Logistica with great success, mostly due to the products' long shelf life, which reaches an average of ten.....
J&S Packaging: 100 million trays for fruit and veg in 2014
J&S Packaging has been active in various types of packaging for years and as of five years ago the company has supplied the fruit and vegetable sector in Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany. J&S was started in 2003 by the brothers Jim and Steve Segers and has three locations in Belgium......
NZ: Packaging gets around fruit fly restrictions
A boutique supermarket in Auckland's fruit fly zone is using plastic packaging to ensure its fresh produce can be taken out of the area.Grey Lynn's Farro Fresh, whose sales dropped by 20 per cent in the first week of restrictions after the Queensland fruit fly was found in the area last month, has begun.....