Packaging and Labelling

Customers are into fruit and vegetables on corrugated board trays

According to a new study, the number of customers buying fruit and vegetables increases between 13% and 16% when the produce is presented in corrugated board trays rather than…

Lagos State Government:

Nigeria: Introducing re-usable plastic crates for vegetables in 2019

Last Tuesday, the Lagos State Government said that it was set to introduce re-usable plastic crates to replace raffia vegetable baskets. Governor Akinwumi Ambode made the…

Country of Origin labelling a step closer to law

Horticulture New Zealand is thrilled that mandatory Country of Origin labelling for fruit and vegetables got a step closer today, with the second reading of the Consumers’…

Coveris presents fully recyclable PE film for Co-op

Co-op is now even closer to achieving its 2023 target with the launch of a new recyclable PE film. The new PE film is made from polyethylene material, very similar to the…

New Tiny Tim's mini avocado bag launched

LGS Specialty Sales (LGS), has announced that its Tiny Tim’s mini avocados are now available in a more economical bag. Tiny Tim’s launched last year, and after receiving…

Spain: New packaging format that reduces plastic use by 99%

Mans, the brand for organic fruit and vegetables at Bonpreu and Esclat stores, has just launched a new, more sustainable packaging for organic products that reduces plastic…

Government will soon present new design

Denmark introduces climate label for food

Next week, the Danish government will present a new food label. The aim is to make the environmental impact of the individual food traceable so that the end user can better…

South Africa: Woolworths to trial plastic bag free store

South African department store chain Woolworths Holdings will remove single-use plastic bags from one of its stores during a six-month trial period in a bid to end plastic pollution. From November, Woolworths, which also has operations in Australia and New Zealand, will not offer any plastic bags at its…

Corrugated cardboard

First software for optimal selection of fruit and veg packaging

In the next edition of Fruit Attraction, held from October 23 to 25 in Madrid, UNIQ will present the first software designed to select the best type of corrugated cardboard packaging for fruit and vegetables. It will make it possible to know what the perfect box is for the product's transport and…

Corn grower and shipper offering new eco-friendly corn trays

Branch: A Family of Farms have launched new eco-friendly corn trays. These new compostable trays are available to customers for the company’s year-round corn program. The company wanted to make an effort to be more sustainable in all of its farm practices, and it therefore explored various eco-friendly packaging options.…

Lidl Ireland to remove black plastic packaging from fruit & vegetables

Lidl has confirmed plans to remove black plastic packaging from its entire fruit and vegetable range. This is to happen before Christmas of this year. The packaging, which cannot be recycled, will be scrapped from fresh fish products by February 2019, followed by fresh meat, poultry and cured meat ranges…

Van der Windt

Winscribe: resealable top seal packaging

Many consumers prefer packaging that is resealable. You cannot really reseal a tray with a top seal film. Dutch packaging company, Van der Windt, has found a solution for this. By lightly 'writing' on a two-layer PET laminate, a resealable top seal is created. "Our ‘Winscribe’ offers a solution that was thought to…

Coop tests organic vegetables without packaging

Coop wants to sell organic vegetables without packaging whenever possible. Now a system is being tested, with which products can be labeled without packaging. Saves up to 80% of materials "Elastitag" is the name of the label with a black rubber band, which is supposed to serve as a new biocoenosis of the…

Market Check: Greenpeace targets disposable bags

Kurier.at reports: Approximately 790 million plastic bags are issued in Austria every year; that is around 1600 bags per minute. Austrian supermarkets voluntarily committed themselves in 2016 to come up with measures against the associated waste accumulation. The "Bag Test" of the environmental protection organization assessed…

Tesco will scrap 'best before' dates on fruit and vegetable lines

Tesco is planning to scrap potentially confusing “best before” dates from dozens more of its fresh fruit and vegetable lines after research found ditching the labels helped reduce food waste. Tesco shoppers will from this week no longer find date labels on a further 116 items of produce – including own-brand apples, oranges,…

Two new solutions by Plastica Sud at Fruit Attraction 2018

Plastica Sud  is a leading company in the production of plastic packaging. Founded in 1979, it has since reached a high level of excellency when it comes to innovation, design and environmental sensitivity.  For the past 40 years, it has been growing based on solid company values such as high-quality, innovation, safety, reliability and client…

New Zealand retailer New World enters war against plastic waste

A recent New World initiative that does away with plastic film can't come soon enough for some shoppers. In the past, the supermarket got a dressing down for over-the-top…

Organto streamlines receiving and packaging operations

Organto Foods Inc., an integrated provider of value-added organic vegetables and fruits today announced that it has entered into an agreement with DLB Inpakbedrijf BV to…

Produce packaging company and labeling system manufacturer enter partnership

Orora Packaging Solutions has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Accu-Label. Orora Packaging Solutions President Bernie Salvatore said, “At Orora, we are…

Protest against plastic waste

UK: Postal service tells public to stop mailing chip bags

The UK's postal service is urging environmental campaigners to stop sending empty potato chip bags without an envelope. This saw an upswing after the launch of a campaign urging the country's most popular chip producer to ditch its plastic packaging. The online campaign, which has been signed by more than 310,000 people,…

Mela Val Venosta renews its co-branding with Disney

A few days from the start of harvesting,  Mela Val Venosta  is back with its Disney-Val Venosta packaging. A co-marketing operation that combines Mela Val Venosta and Disney - the former is a producer of natural and genuine fruit, while the latter works in family cinema entertainment. Flavor, genuineness and fun in a…

Shelf life extension packaging now available for meal kits

Packaging that extends shelf life is often used during transit to maintain product freshness as well as help keep temperatures and ripening to preferred levels. A Canadian company has recently introduced similar technology for the packaging of meal kits. Called PrimePro, the product from Chantler…

Mela Val Venosta renews its co-branding with Disney

A few days from the start of harvesting,  Mela Val Venosta  is back with its Disney-Val Venosta packaging. A co-marketing operation that combines Mela Val Venosta and Disney - the former is a producer of natural and genuine fruit, while the latter works in family cinema entertainment. Flavor, genuineness and fun in a…

France: Paprec Recyclage and Groupe Guillin speed up recycling of PET plastic food trays

Determined to work with the dynamic around plastics recycling, the French leader for recycling and the European leader for food packaging solutions have launched the REUSAL…

Small traders’ revenue drops as shoppers avoid plastic packaging

As scrutiny increases on plastics use across all industries, new research* from Paymentsense reveals over half (54%) of small retailers have seen sales of plastic packaged…

Hofer saves on packaging through laser labeling of fruit

HOFER discounter launches offensive to reduce packaging waste

Hofer has decided on an ambitious packaging strategy. - Reduction in packaging volume by 30 percent by 2025 - Recyclability of 100 percent of its packaging by 2022 For several years now, Hofer has been working on reducing the use of packaging materials, or making them more sustainable. This is a part of the "Project 2020" sustainability…

Evelien Vanlerberghe, Tryvan/Trypol Pack

“Sorting Brussels sprouts optically halves staff needed”

"As a result of the dry weather, we expect a later start to the Brussels sprouts season. The sprouts are still on the small side at the moment and this has a bearing on the…

New wok and oven vegetable packs at Albert Heijn

Albert Heijn has introduced new convenience vegetable packs: 'Meesterlijk wokken' (Wok masterfully). And six vegetable mixes for the oven.     There are five stir fry packages, each with different vegetables and seasonings, such as garlic, spices, and lemongrass. Domestic gods…

Mexico enters bioplastics market

Turning waste products into bioplastics

Tequila, avocados and corn are proving their worth as key components for a fast-growing bioplastics market. Companies transforming waste from processing food crops into products such as bags, plates and even car parts.   Bioplastics make up less than 5 percent of the millions of tonnes of plastic produced each year around the world, but as…

Waitrose to have loose fruit and vegetable plastic bags removed by spring 2019

Waitrose is to remove loose fruit and vegetable plastic bags by spring 2019. Its 5p single-use plastic carrier bags will be gone from all shops by March next year. It said the move will save 134 million plastic bags, the equivalent of 500 tonnes of plastic a year. Waitrose and Partners said a home compostable alternative will…

UK shoppers' top concern:

Plastic waste almost beats pricing

New research proves that the number one issue for British shoppers in the next decade will be to reduce packaging and use more recyclable materials. For perhaps the first…

Iceland to stop selling plastic-packaged bananas

Supermarket chain Iceland will stop selling plastic-packaged bananas in a move that is part of its commitment to remove plastic from all of its own-label packaging by 2023. Iceland has started selling pre-packaged bananas in a recycled paper band in a move it says will soon be saving 10 million plastic…

DFHV:

New packaging law applies starting 01.01.2019

The new Packaging Act was already passed more than a year ago and will replace the Packaging Ordinance starting on 01.01.2019. The Packaging Act brings with it a number of…

Sun World moves packing operations in-house

Grape category leader Sun World International has moved their packing operations in-house, where they will pack a significant portion of their California grown product. In…

Potatoes as potato packaging

Designers Simone Caronni, Pietro Gaeli, and Paolo Stefano Gentile have put their heads together to create an all-new food packaging design. After learning about how much peel waste was created in the process of making fries, the team explored different ways to reuse this discarded matter. After softening and naturally drying…

Cartomat presents new packaging solution at Potato Europe

''CartoPaper is the sustainable potato packaging for large packers''

CartoMat, based in Willich, will present CartoPaper, a pioneering packaging solution for potatoes, at the upcoming Potato Europe in Bockerode. The 100% recyclable and compostable paper monopack (certified) paper from the roll can be used on all vertical, conventional tubular bag machines. The high number…

New solution is biodegradable and reusable

Alternative packaging for food made from palm leaves

Two young women from Berlin have developed an interesting alternative to plastic that can easily be thrown onto the compost after shopping or can be used in an alternative way. The two students came across leaves of the areca palm, which is grown on plantations. As the fruit is harvested and processed,…

Are retailers relying too much on plastic packaging?

The message of 'organic', 'environmentally-friendly', 'sustainable', 'local', and other similar themes are now well-established in the produce industry. There is also the paradox, however, of increasing use of plastics in packaging. Many argue that packaging produce reduces food waste and enables greater…

Aldi announces next step in phasing out plastic packaging for fruit & veg

German grocery giant Aldi is phasing in a new, recyclable material to pack your greens, and it'll be hitting the shelves this month. Black plastic trays for carrots, broccoli and baby sweetcorn are all being scrapped as part of the retailer's plans to ensure all its packaging is recyclable by 2025. It…

New packaging solution for Sweet Heart grapes

F.lli Rescina  specializes in table grapes and has recently introduced a new packaging solution for the various grape varieties, sold mainly abroad. "We own 30 hectares in the Bari and Taranto provinces producing the Italia, Red Globe and Superior varieties. Our catalog includes seeded and seedless white,…

California grape grower announces launch of top seal packaging

Pretty Lady Vineyards is announcing the launch of their new top seal packaging, available in an array of sizes for their red, green, black, and bicolor grape varieties. The new top seals will be available now for retailers and food service industry professionals.   As one of the first companies in the American grape…

Ellips-Elisam takes over JDC's optical sorter sales activities

Ellips, together with its subsidiary, Elisam, has acquired all of JDC's sales activities. This Dutch software company is, therefore, now the point of contact for optical…

Trialed in Australia

First compostable top seal strawberry punnet launched

Collaboration between a Canadian and an Australian company has resulted in being first to market with a compostable and recyclable top-seal punnet for strawberries in Australia. “It is the first time that this type of strawberry packaging is available in Australia and it is currently being trialed with a…

Pouch bag for watermelon slices launched

More consumers are shifting their buying habits towards high value produce, focusing on quality and convenience. Maglio Companies said it has responded to this demand, in the category of high volume sliced watermelon, with the creation of the readyripe® pouch.   Innovation Sam Maglio, president and CEO of Maglio…

Quimas Workshop

Quimas launches modified atmosphere and SO2 bags

Quimas has been marketing its SmartPac, a solution for the post-harvest preservation of blueberries, for the past four years. It is a plastic film of low density polyethylene with metabisulfite extruded in its structure, which allows SO2 to be released in a homogeneous and controlled way while the fruit…

For soft fruit, cherry tomatoes and sugar snap peas

Organic grower receives award for recyclable packaging

A & A Organic Farms won the Organic Innovations Showcase Award at the July 2018 Organic Produce Summit in Monterey. The prestigious award honors one company each year for developing a product that has a transformative impact on the organic produce industry. Watsonville-based A & A Organic Farms was…

Booths supermarket introduces cotton net bags for fruit and veg

Supermarket chain Booths, which has 28 retail stores in northern England, with most of its branches located in Lancashire, has introduced a reusable bag for fruit and veg in its aggressive phase-out of single-use plastics. This is part of a range of practical steps to dramatically reduce the amount of…

Leafy greens grower transitions line to more environmentally-friendly packaging

Misionero, grower of organic leafy greens, announces the transition of its Earth Greens product line to the peel and reseal technology currently being utilized by the Garden Life product line. After a successful adaptation, Misionero said it continues to commit to improving packaging for its entire…

Automated solution to filling pouches

At the moment the pouch is a real trend in the food world in the area of packaging. This handy packaging has a folding out bottom and can therefore stand up on the supermarket shelves. With a handle at the top this packing is easy to carry. A zip lock opening is also sometimes possible for this type of…

Kennisinstituut Duurzaam Verpakken

"Organically degradable plastic packaging isn't preferred"

Recently there has been a discussion as to whether and how the use of organically degradable plastic packaging offers opportunities for producers and importers who bring…

Aldi to phase out black plastic trays that are not recyclable

Black plastic trays, which cannot be readily recycled, are being phased out by budget chain Aldi. The move comes after the government announced plans for a crackdown on firms which sell products in single-use throwaway plastic. They are doing so through the introduction of new levies and taxes on the…

Morrisons Supermarket brings back brown paper bags

Morrisons are bringing back traditional brown paper bags for loose fruit and veg in the greengrocery areas. It is an attempt to prevent 150 million small plastic bags from…

INTERSPAR is testing paper bags for fruits and vegetables

At this very moment INTERSPAR is testing paper bags in eleven hypermarkets in Salzburg and Styria as an alternative to plastic bags for fruit and vegetable shopping. Light plastic shopping bags are a well-known example of plastic waste. INTERSPAR is therefore constantly on the lookout for alternatives:…

Measure should prevent imported food being sold as local produce

Poland implements fruit and vegetables packaging law

New regulations on fruit and vegetables packing requirements are on the way, as Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed the law, paving the way for its implementation. The…

EDEKA tests reusable packaging at fresh food counters

Plastic packaging at the sausage counter at EDEKA could soon be a thing of the past: In Büsüum, in Schleswig-Holstein, customers can now buy reusable cans to have them filled at the fresh food counter. The cans come in different sizes and cost between 4 and 5 euros. Of course, these costs will no longer…

Photo of French vegetable shelf causes indignation

The latest trend: halved tomatoes in plastic for 3.20 euros

Plastic films in the vegetable rack are not unusual these days. But a photo of a French vegetable rack has led to great indignation and disbelief among European consumers. The photo shows halved tomatoes in plastic for 3.20 euros, and a refrigerated shelf with packaged fruits and vegetables. Critics are…

For fruit and vegetables

Farmer creates eco-friendly packaging

Several US grocery stores are taking a closer look at biodegradable packaging for fruits and vegetables, thanks in part to the efforts of farmers like Linda Fritz, who refuse to put their products in the familiar plastic clam shells. For Fritz and her Sun Sugar Farms in Verona, Kentucky it's a matter of…

Dominican Republic: Biodegradable banding for bananas

Lidl Ireland is working alongside their Irish supplier, Global Fruit and growers in the Dominican Republic, to remove the plastic packaging on the 2.5 million Fairtrade Organic bananas sourced from the family business there. This will pre-empt the use of 10,000 kilos of plastic every year.   Instead, biodegradable banding…

New US distributor for single bag SO2 liners

Grape growers in California now have a new US distributor for SO2 liners from Chilean-based SmartPac. The liners are an all-in-one product designed to replace the SO2 device, liners and absorbent pads, blending them into the one liner. The US distributor is Californian family-owned company, MR BOX.…

China: Supermarket pays compensation for mislabelled product

A consumer who bought Vietnamese passion fruit and durian in the supermarket later found that China did not allow the import of these two kinds of fruit from Vietnam. The…

Two proven packaging alternatives for preserving the freshness of sweet cherries

ROP's modified atmosphere (MA) bulk liner and ROP's MA Ultra-thin film

ROP's modified atmosphere (MA) bulk liner and ROP's MA Ultra-thin film, two proven packaging alternatives for preserving the freshness of sweet cherries. ROP Ltd. has expended its family of freshness-preserving packaging line, offering bulk packaging for sweet cherries. To the established, world-wide…

Why Aldi wraps its fruit and vegetables in plastic

German super giant Aldi has finally been brought into the war on plastic, with its fresh fruit packaging under scrutiny. Woolworths and Coles have both come under fire in…

US: Sheriff's Office recovers stolen grape packaging materials from illicit fruit packing business

Tulare County and Kern County Ag Detectives worked jointly in the recovery of a large amount of grape packaging materials from an illicit fruit packing business in Kern…

High convenience solution from Patatas Hijolusa in SchurStar Microwavable Bag

With an increasingly hectic lifestyle, today’s consumer prefers products that are easy to bring home, easy to handle, and easy to prepare. In line with this trend, SchurStar…

Proseal upgrades Berry Gardens tray sealers ahead of growing season

Tray sealing specialist Proseal has demonstrated its commitment to existing customers by carrying out extensive upgrades on the Proseal machines of numerous fresh produce growers within the Berry Gardens Growers group. The upgrades, which are delivering significantly enhanced energy efficiency, were…


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