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Researchers from Thailand and Malaysia

Pineapple stem starch film developed as biodegradable packaging material

A group of researchers from universities in Thailand and Malaysia have collaborated to develop a unique film that is good for the environment and can decompose naturally. This…

T&G commissions state-of-the-art automated apple packhouse

T&G Global has commissioned one of the largest apple packhouses in the Southern Hemisphere at its Whakatū site in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. The highly automated facility, with 1.7 hectares of roof space, will be able to pack more than 125 million kilograms of apples per season once its two…

Bhutan’s mandarin orange and apple growers promised to have enough boxes this season

Mandarin orange and apple exporters can expect a better export season this year, as the packaging industry has agreed to supply the required packing boxes. According to the Association of Wood-based Industries (AWBI), 400,000 boxes from different saw millers are expected to meet the requirement of…

Ultimatum issued

Apple growers demand implementation of universal cartons

The Himachal Pradesh Apple Producers Association has voiced strong opposition to the government’s-imposed condition of packing 24 kg of apples in a box. After pressure from…

New PLU number launched for Audra Rose cherry variety

River Valley Fruit, an apple, cherry and pear grower, packer and shipper is introducing the Audra Rose cherry bag, complemented by its newly assigned PLU number, 3550. "This development marks a significant milestone for the Audra Rose cherry, a unique and highly sought-after variety." Audra Rose cherries…

Reemoon celebrates new milestone in Australia with installation of six-lane sizer at Griffith packhouse:

“This sorting line largely increased our sorting accuracy”

In April, Reemoon completed its largest Australian installation yet, delivering a new six-lane sizer to Mario's Packhouse in Griffith, New South Wales (Australia). The company's Vice-Director, Dennis Clock, reviews this project. Mario's Packhouse is one of the region's leading citrus packing operations. The…

Cannabis packaging company enters produce market

"We want to bring our cost savings, service, and technology to the produce industry"

Tychon Packaging announced their entrance into the produce packaging market with TychonVert. TychonVert is a ‘Go-Green’ packaging supplier offering fully recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable packaging options. Tychon Vert will be supplying flexible packaging (pre-printed pouches), clamshells,…

Packing trays made of wood pulp and hybrid trays - Italy

A sustainable packaging choice for the stone fruit season

The stone fruit season has reopened, but choosing the ideal packaging can be a bit tricky, especially if you want to keep up with the times and prioritize the use of a more sustainable and recyclable packaging. Antonio Castelluccio of Pack System, a company from southern Italy specialized in the manufacture…

Valerio Nucci, founder of GNA:

"Research and development are our pièce de résistance"

Ever since 1987, GNA's priority has been the creation of processing and packaging systems guaranteeing high technology, quality, hygiene, and safety levels. The company, located in the heart of the packaging valley in Emilia, near Bologna, and specializing in the design, manufacturing, and sale of packaging…

Robert Wu, Oboya, on their expansion in assortment and markets:

"We are in the mood to expand our markets"

2022 has been one of the best years in Oboya's history, and they are determined to continue to grow. Recently, they made a large investment to expand their assortment, and by the end of the year, they will have a local production site in Colombia, enabling them to better serve the North and South…

Sustainable seal for packaging companies presented

The Spanish federation of wooden lightweight packaging (FEDEMCO) participated at the tomato industry event held in Rotterdam on Tuesday, May 16. Salvador Martínez, the federation's secretary, presented to over 300 industry professionals the reasons why wooden packaging, also for the tomato category, is a…

Montosa presents the new design of its tropical fruit processing brand

Montosa, the Spanish company that specializes in avocado and IV range products, is presenting the new design of its Native brand at PLMA's World of Private Label 2023 fair,…

Dharaksha

Start-up Dharaksha is converting crop waste into sustainable packaging

There has been a growing demand for alternative packaging solutions in India due to environmental sustainability concerns and the need to reduce plastic waste. This has led to several alternative packaging solutions to gain traction in the packaging industry. While biodegradable packaging materials are…

Sussan Nguyen - A & D Australia

"We will be showcasing our Product Inspection Systems for supermarket compliance"

A&D Weighing scales and balances have been designed to provide accurate readings in diverse environments. These waterproof scales are specifically designed to give accurate measurements for the food processing industry and are not affected by produce spills or debris. A&D Weighing’s range of products include…

University of Bonn examines how the type of packaging influences purchase intention

Paper-based packaging has a good eco-image

German consumers consider paper-based packaging to be particularly environmentally friendly. Nevertheless, they tend to be skeptical about innovative products such as…

Much automation and robotization in packaging sector

Photo report: Interpack 2023

From May 4 to 10, visitors to Germany's Düsseldorf exhibition center could see the latest gadgets in packaging technology and machines. Numerous applications for fresh food to non-food were covered. Interpack is not known as a fruit and vegetable packaging platform, and this market segment again had a modest role in this edition. Robotization and…

Glue free paper packaging has made its way from Europe to North America

For three years, mustang paper trays have been used in Europe as packaging for fresh produce. Increasingly, the paper trays are making their way into North America, with Ontario-based Omnia Packaging being the exclusive producer and provider of mustang paper trays in Canada. The company also serves…

Peruvian company develops sustainable packaging for fruit exports

Peruvian company Gráfica Real is developing sustainable packaging resistant for export fruits that comply with quality standards, current regulations and extend the useful…

UK’s new Brexit plan: Vegetables will sport ‘Not for EU’ stickers

The European Commission and the UK government has agreed on requirements for the labelling on agri-food retail goods. A label will be placed at different levels starting from…

Deutscher Fruchthandelsverband e.V. critcizes EU's ban on fruit and vegetable packaging Dreamstime

"It neither reduces food waste nor increases the shelf life of the products"

The German Fruit Trade Association (DFHV) has sharply criticized the EU's planned ban on fruit and vegetable packaging. "Such a ban is counterproductive, as it neither reduces…

Save Foods commences first large scale commercial pilot with Mexican strawberry packer

Save Foods, Inc., an agri-food tech company specializing in eco-crop protection that helps to reduce food waste and ensure food safety while reducing the use of pesticides,…

New PLU sticker introduced for Mexican avocados

West Pak Avocado is proud to announce a new price look-up (PLU) sticker as part of an industry initiative through Avocados From Mexico (AFM). The program was created by AFM to help shoppers more easily identify quality Mexican avocados. West Pak’s new PLU sticker features the company’s branding along…

New PLU sticker brings Avocados from Mexico glow to US customers

West Pak Avocado, a global distributor of avocados brings a new price look-up (PLU) sticker as part of an industry initiative through Avocados From Mexico (AFM). The program was created by AFM to help shoppers more easily identify quality Mexican avocados. West Pak’s new PLU sticker features the…

TIPA Compostable Packaging acquires Bio4pack

TIPA Compostable Packaging has announced it has acquired Bio4Pack, a European company in compostable packaging solutions. Bio4Pack has joined TIPA leadership to create a comprehensive compostable packaging portfolio, meeting the ever-growing interest for truly circular packaging solutions on the market.…

Erik de Roos and Hans den Dikken, Bandall:

"Labeling protocol and branding leads to growing demand for banding is growing in the fruit and vegetable sector"

Banding is becoming an increasingly attractive option for fruit and vegetable packaging. At a time when sustainability and minimizing waste are all important, with legislation and branding being vital too, banding could be the solution, says Bandall. "In recent years, this type of sustainable packaging…

VSP

Packaging trays of Swiss organic mushrooms continuously replaced with 100 percent grass-paper trays

As part of its value-added strategy, the Swiss Mushroom Producers Association (VSP) developed the grass-paper tray in cooperation with Coop. From now on, the packaging trays of Swiss organic brown mushrooms 225g as well as Swiss organic white mushrooms 225g, will be continuously replaced by 100 percent…

The analysis of inKarta

A still undefined moment of transition for primary packaging

"We are convinced that, if Europe is drafting a regulation imposing a guideline on packaging materials for fresh produce, the situation must be dire! Objectives to pursue must be capable of halting pollution due to microplastics. But the banning of all packaging containing goods weighing less than 1.5 kg…

The company is is both supplying the traceability system and financing services

DiMuto closes deal with Montana Fruits to finance the company’s trade and exports to the European market

DiMuto, a global Agri-FinTech company, strengthens its presence in Latin America with the latest financing of Colombian fresh produce exporter Montana Fruits. The deal will first see DiMuto leverage its AI-powered financing solution to finance Montana Fruits’ exports to Europe, before expanding to its…

Social impact labels help connect consumers to farm workers

As consumers are becoming more and more interested in not only where their food comes from but who the people are behind their food procurement, one company is helping propel the stories of farm workers in produce. Thx! is a social impact program helping farm workers achieve their dreams. It began five…

Citrus shipper adds limes to portfolio

Limoneira is launching its new “Catch the Citrus Wave!™” campaign which features a playful packaging design capturing the essence of a day at the beach, with colorful citrus characters. This year the company has added limes to the campaign and consumers can now enjoy the spirit of summer with lemon,…

Claudia Mardones, CEO Liventus Global:

“The use of CA and post-harvest solutions is becoming a need and a must”

Reducing waste by extending the fruit life through a focus on improving shipping conditions is one of the main motivations for the controlled atmosphere experts Liventus Global, based in Santiago, Chile. According to Germán Sims, Global Commercial Manager of Liventus, “The products most requested by…

Hartmann announces preliminary Q1 2023 financial figures and updates guidance for 2023

Hartmann expects to generate revenue of DKK 3.4-3.8 billion in 2023

Brødrene Hartmann A/S, a prominent manufacturer of fruit packaging in South America and India, has announced its preliminary Q1 2023 financial figures and updates guidance for…

Telrol renamed to Opti-Label -

Name change for Dutch labelling partner

Telrol, a manufacturer of self-adhesive labels, today announced that it will continue under the new name: Opti-Label from 1 May 2023. This name change is the result of their new approach to offer the best price through improved organisation and processes. For this reason, a fresh start is being made…

Termotécnica supports Customized Packaging Program to reduce food losses along value chain

To reduce produce losses during transport between producers and points of sale, the Brazilian Packaging Association (ABRE) launched the Customized Packaging Program.…

Interview with ProFood president Mauro Salini

The European packaging regulation proposal would be a disaster for the fruit and vegetable sector

There is a huge debate going on right now with regard to packaging, both about the materials used and about disposal and/or recycling. We talked about it with Mauro Salini, president of the Italian association ProFood, which unites 14 manufacturers of plastic packaging (including for the AGF sector). The…

International Fresh Produce Association

IFPA submits comments on packaging to European Commission

International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) submitted public comments on the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on packaging and packaging waste.   “We are…

Sustainable packaging solution part of Canadian retail trial

CKF Inc., designer and North America manufacturer of sustainable packaging solutions, is partnering with Belmark inc., to support a Canadian retail trial with blueberries supplied by The Fruitist, a joint venture between Agrovision Corp. and Berries Paradise. Blueberry punnetThe new Earthcycle branded EC…

Fred Stevenson & Jeanette van der Nest – Gerber Fresh, Ronald van Bilsen – Liquidseal Fruits

Liquidseal invites South African citrus exporters to join a subsidised commercial trial

After several years of using Liquidseal on South African citrus, both organic and conventional, with the support of Citrus Research International, the Dutch company is at the point of scaling up the presence of its product in the country.Liquidseal, represented by Gerber Fresh in South Africa, therefore…

Appalachian greenhouse grower packages green

The Appalachian area of western Virginia is not typically where you'd expect to find a 2.5-acre high-tech greenhouse commercially growing strawberries. Even more surprising is that this farmer on the edge of flyover country refused to package his berries in traditional plastic "clamshells." Instead, he's…

Turning used big bags into big bags again

First closed loop recycling solution for FIBCs

Packaging manufacturer and distributor LC Packaging and plastic recycler Healix have developed a high-quality closed loop recycling solution for FIBCs. A first in the industry. The closed loop includes the collection of used FIBCs (big bags) at LC Packaging customers’ locations that are being processed…

Watermelon pouch expands into Canada

In the high-volume category of fresh watermelon, Maglio's award-winning readyripe® watermelon pouch is now available to grocery retailers. Sam Maglio, president and CEO of Maglio Companies launched this gusseted pouch concept for fresh quartered watermelon in 2015. “The development of the patented pouch…

"Plant-based, tamper evident packaging is the freshest thing yet"

"As a grower looking for a packaging assortment that will keep their greens safe, fresh, protected, and away from chemicals of concern, we've got the plant-based solution for them," says Paul Antoniadis, CEO of good natured®, a North American supplier of plant-based products, developing environmentally…

ProducePack™ Punnet range further enhanced with innovative barrier technology

The fiber-based ProducePack™ Punnet tray is an alternative to traditional plastic punnets for produce applications such as mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, grapes, and berries. It…

Nordvac GmbH / Küsten Bete GmbH

Video: Küsten Bete Ltd relies on thermoforming machine from Nordvac

"Efficient packaging capacity with up to 13 cycles allows high demand to be met economically"

Küsten Bete Ltd in Elpersbüttel has been preparing beets for domestic food retailers for several months. At a site in the heart of the Dithmarschen vegetable-growing region, the regional vegetables are washed, sorted, peeled, weighed and labeled with MHD labels. The beet is then cooked in the packaging…

"Environmental protection and standardization are the development trend of China packaging industry"

With the consumption upgrade of China's fruit and vegetable market in recent years, and consumers paying more attention to the concepts of green issues and health after the pandemic, the market demand for fresh fruit and vegetable packaging has increased again. It has become an important development…

"Our customers are buying fewer rolls throughout the year, and that means less plastic they have to dispose."

The new Australian fresh produce pallet wrapping system resulting in less plastic into the environment

A leading Australian sustainable packaging solutions company, Propak Industries, has made an improvement to its Macro Wrap product to be able to tightly secure a pallet of fresh produce with as little as 82 grams of plastic. "We do load stability tests, so that's our way of proving it," Account Manager…

Mastronardi Produce responds to lawsuit from NatureSweet

NatureSweet® has filed a third lawsuit against Mastronardi Produce LTD and Mastronardi Produce-USA, Inc. The lawsuit alleges that Mastronardi is mimicking NatureSweet's licensed packaging. The company is defending the intellectual property of CHERUBS® and specifically refers to Mastronardi's Angel Sweet®…

After 3.5 years, Dutch company has 88 employees

"We can now pack for third parties too"

Fruitway was founded in June 2019. It started as a packaging company for FruitSolute (formerly Bratzler & Co) in the Netherlands. By now, 88 people work in the Frutiway warehouse, and the company is considering the possibility of also packaging for third parties. "In those first years, we expanded…

EPS packaging ensures fresh arrival of grapes

Maintaining the quality of fresh products from farm to table has always been a challenge in the logistics environment. The characteristics of increased shelf-life and…

Investment of €11 million in new packaging solutions for retail

Solidus enters new growth phase with new name

Solidus Solutions, a supplier of solid board packaging, is now called Solidus. The new brand identity coincides with a new growth phase for the company, which in March appointed a new CEO, Rienk Jan van der Kooi, and earlier this year announced an €11 million investment in a new line of packaging…

Anthony Fournier, CF Embal:

100% local and sustainable wooden trays

CF Embal has been packaging fruit and vegetables for three generations. In the 1980s, the family business specialized in the creation, manufacture, and marketing of wooden trays. "At the time, the trays were assembled manually. In the 1990s, we invested in a unique system that allowed us to produce…

Weight, not box size, should decide prices of Himachal fruits

Himachal government’s Agricultural Marketing Board issued a circular directing the sale of apples and similar fruits to be based on the weight of the produce at all markets.…

Harald Jantzen on the contact Digital labeling system:

"Our prospective customers are particularly enthusiastic about the ease of use"

Manual price adjustments are often not sufficient to be able to map strongly fluctuating prices promptly and accurately in the trade. Since this year, K-D Hermann contact-Auszeichnungssysteme has been offering a corresponding digital solution for this purpose, for which there is already lively interest,…

Plasgad to attend Macfrut:

Smart packaging for all kinds of needs

Israeli packaging and container producer Plasgad will attend Macfrut for the first time. FreshPlaza has talked about it with the marketing manager for Europe, Patricia Marquiegui. FreshPlaza (FP): What's the history of your company?Patricia Marquiegui (PM): Plasgad was set up in 1982. It has two…

Frédéric Jautrou, producer, inventor and president of Asperges du Pays de Richelieu:

Asparagus bundling machine: a simple, compact, modular and product-friendly innovation

Frédéric Jautrou is one of the 15 asparagus growers who came together to create the registered trademark “Asperges du Pays de Richelieu”, an initiative that has helped promote the spring vegetable in the region. “The brand has existed since 1998. The objective of this project is to have a common…

Pack'nlog GmbH

Spar Poland and Austria rely on mobile presentation islands from Pack'nlog

"In the fruit and vegetables category, we recorded an increase of 36 percent"

In collaboration with Linz-based industry supplier Pack'nlog GmbH, Spar Austria as well as Spar Poland have implemented a number of mobile presentation islands (MPI) in recent months. Both opted for customized printing, reports Amra Avdic of Pack'nlog GmbH. The presentation islands were individually printed:…

Lidl shopper sees mysterious coded message on a blueberry

A Lidl shopper found a strange secret coded message on his breakfast fruit. The customer came across the code 'ABS' etched onto one of his blueberries. That is why he asked – on Reddit: "Found this code (ABS) on a blueberry from Lidl. What is it?" One person who believes they solved the mystery told the Redditor…

Michaël Cibois of Gamma Wopla/Smart Flow

"With our plastic containers, we can flexibly respond to different requirements and requests"

Resource-saving and sustainable reusable packaging solutions are more in demand than ever. According to Michaël Cibois of Gamma Wopla/Smart Flow, many companies were accordingly looking for reusable and recyclable packaging solutions instead of single-use cartons. "With our plastic containers, we can…

Keynote speech by Rocco de Lucia of Siropack (Italy):

"Europe penalizes the agri-food packaging sector and not those who really cause environmental disasters"

"The European Union, and therefore part of the public opinion in Europe, believes that plastic packaging is the basis of marine and land pollution. Nothing could be further from the truth! They should take a closer look at what comes out of a washing machine and make sure that filters against…

Name of company not yet disclosed

Bord Bia confirms sanctions were applied following potato mislabelling

Irish Food Board Bord Bia has confirmed that “monitoring sanctions” were applied in the case of a company that incorrectly labelled French potatoes, using a Bord Bia quality…

That’s a wrap.

Mondi and ATS-Tanner launch paper band for food bundles and multipacks

Mondi, a prominent player in sustainable packaging and paper, has collaborated with Swiss converter ATS-Tanner to create an innovative paper band that can hold individually labeled products or bundles, reducing unnecessary plastic. ATS-Tanner uses Mondi's kraft paper Advantage MF SpringPack and converts…

Optimum Group acquires HP-ETIKETT

A specialist in the production of self-adhesive labels, is set to become part of the Optimum Group platform. The current management of HP-ETIKETT will remain within the organization.  The acquisition of HP-ETIKETT aligns well with Optimum Group's European growth objectives and will significantly expand the Optimum…

Announcing new company name 'Votech, a Duravant Company'

Fischbein International and Votech expand manufacturing footprint in Reusel, The Netherlands

Votech announced today the grand opening of their newly expanded manufacturing facility and company headquarters in Reusel, The Netherlands. This marks the completed…

Will paper packaging be capable of replacing plastic?

With new regulations emerging across the globe, consumers and businesses are getting the message that excessive plastic usage is bad for the environment. “The problem is that there is too much plastic waste and not enough economically viable means to establish effective recycling options,” says Steve…

Harm Valckx, Berry Packing Services:

"When there are large supplies, blueberries are increasingly sold in 700 g-1 kg packs"

There were vast amounts of blueberries available during the overseas season. The volumes coming from Morocco and Spain are considerably lower, says Harm Valckx of Berry Packaging in the Netherlands. "We don't trade but pack for various customers, and most of the berries coming from Morocco have already…

Innovative concepts for closing and labeling of fruit and vegetable trays

Multivac offers two resource-saving solutions for the closing of fresh produce trays with labels with their Top Wrap and Top Close labellers. At interpack 2023, Multivac will be presenting the new L 310 Top Wrap/Top Close conveyor belt labeler, which enables both labeling operations to be performed on…

Packaging fruits and vegetables for export:

Silafrica discusses best packaging options

When it comes to exporting fruits and vegetables, packaging is a critical aspect that cannot be overlooked. Not only does it ensure the produce reaches its destination in good…

Caprabo now sells tomatoes with 100% recyclable and compostable packaging in its stores

Farewell to plastic in tomato packaging

The supermarket chain Caprabo is now selling in its stores a 100% recyclable and compostable package (made out of paper, paper mesh, and bamboo) for tomatoes, with which it…

Sustainable packaging should be based on realistic, fair and feasible targets for environmental impact reduction

Copa-Cogeca, Freshfel Europe, the European Fresh Produce Association, and Europatat, the European Potato Trade Association, have taken note of the European Commission’s…

Consequences for the fruit and vegetables?

New CAP and the EU draft regulation on packaging

This Thursday, 23rd March at 3pm (Paris/Madrid Time) AREFLH organises a hybrid public conference on the new CAP and the EU draft regulation on packaging: what consequences for…

Aldi embroiled in Twitter outrage due to strange labelling

Supermarket Aldi has been facing stern criticism for selling mushrooms in packs labelled “British”, while the small print listed the source as Poland. As well as the word “British”, the packs of closed cup mushrooms on sale in the north of England also carried the union flag and the Red Tractor logo. The issue was…

Intent on combating waste and unnecessary packaging

WRAP to encourage retailers to sell fruit and veg loose

Not-for-profit organization WRAP has set a target of the amount sold loose to double to 30% by the end of 2025. The aim is to target 50% by the end of 2030. In 2021, the…

Facebook post leads to unbelief and anger

Toronto: Sobeys sells individually packaged fruit slices

Netizens on Facebook were not merciful when someone posted about a Toronto Sobeys giving away "cute" individually packaged clementine slices. There were lots of comments like,…

Lidl launches a fruit and vegetable anti-waste bag in Spain

"Good food products should never be wasted"

Lidl implements new preventive measures to prevent food waste. These measures include the launch of an anti-waste bag in the more than 650 stores that the chain has in Spain. This anti-waste bag is available for three euro and contains fruits and vegetables that do not meet conventional aesthetic…

Bob Ijpelaar, Newwen:

"Circular packaging can help Europe meet its energy-neutral climate goals"

Seven years from now, all European Union countries must have reached their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Here, the European Green Deal plays a central role. "Urgent action is needed. CO2 emissions must be reduced by 55% by 2030 and completely by 2050," says Bob Ijpelaar, Newwen's managing…

Pack System

Ezy:Split for premium fruit ideal for stone fruit, grapes and strawberries

The vast catalogue of Pack System, a company specializing in the processing of cardboard, plastic and wooden packaging, also features the innovative Ezy:Split® punnet developed by ILIP. It is a niche format suitable for premium products that need to stand our from standard ones. FreshPlaza has talked about…

Tobias Kärst from packaging company FPS Flexpack Ltd.:

"In the organic and Demeter segment in particular, our product has already become well established"

During the trade fair premiere at expoSE last year, FPS Flexpack Ltd. picked up the coveted innovation award for its PaperStretch wrapping paper, which is used as a plastic-free alternative to conventional film. The Rastatt-based packaging company has set itself the goal of promoting and accompanying the…

Many uses: from consumption to packaging innovations

Seaweed production has grown by nearly 75% globally in the past decade

In London, a startup is making a plastic substitute out of seaweed. In Australia and Hawaii, others are racing to grow seaweed that, when fed to livestock, can cut methane…

Bio-plastics offer up sustainable produce protection

Given the pressures today’s supply chain is under, produce growers and shippers are generally on the lookout for products that will help protect produce. These products need to be sustainable and will hopefully even extend the life of that produce item. All of this was in mind as a new product to the…

Great Wrap develops potato-based compostable alternative to plastic wrap and cling film

Plastic wrap, or cling film, is a super-useful plastic that can't be recycled and ends up in landfill. Now, Great Lab, an Australian materials science company, says they've…

Spanish wooden packaging bets on internationalisation for 2023

The Spanish Federation for Wooden Packaging and its Components (FEDEMCO) has met in Valencia. The nearly 70 associated companies manufacturing and exporting wooden packaging have gathered for another year to mark the future of a sector in which Spain is a leader in Europe. One of the key points of the meeting…

EarthPad fruit pad approved for recycling

Sirane's paper recyclable absorbent pad for fruits has been approved for recycling by On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL). According to Sirane, this makes it the world's first approved recyclable absorbent pad. Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: "Sirane has been known for years now as the expert in absorbency and…

Cooperativa Sociale Stalker

Transformed handicrafts born out of a social solidarity project in Italy

"We have diversified our production from classic fruit jams and marmalades, whereas savory processed products have allowed us to grow and increase turnover, considering that there is a greater market demand. Small productions certified in terms of traceability and food safety that use artisanal…

inKarta srl

Italy can produce 100% plastic-free packaging for the fruit and vegetable sector

“The official data of the environmental balance of paper production, by considering the entire tree-farm cycle for its production, that is, from when the trees are planted, has shown a positive trend. It means that in the entire paper production cycle, the amount of CO2 absorbed by forests and…

Packing line for snacking tomatoes significantly reduces labor need

The selection of tomatoes in any retail store is abundant nowadays. Both retailers and consumers ask for different types of tomatoes as well as all sorts of packaging. In response to this demand, JASA Packaging Solutions is offering packing lines that have the ability to pack most tomato varieties, from…

Rene Tunker, Looije Packing Rotterdam

"We're ready for the top fruit season with this automated apple-laying system"

In the Netherlands, Looije Packing is currently immersed in its grape programs, where these are custom-packaged, mostly loose, in top seals and clamshells. "This season, again, there are big quality differences, but so far, we've managed to always send healthy products out the door," says commercial…

Packaging program engages consumers in sustainability efforts

There's no doubt about it; sustainability is top of mind for today's consumers, whether it's around how their food is grown or what it's put in in a grocery store. In fact, sustainable packaging is an issue trending across the produce aisle, and that includes even smaller parts of the packaging category,…

Laura Stawinsky from Verpackungskontor Nord on developments in the packaging sector:

"Given the increased prices, many are switching back from cardboard to returnable crates"

In the paper packaging sector, a price reduction can currently be observed, while the shortage of materials and the associated delivery times are also tending to decline. "However, falling material prices are only one factor because, at the same time, all other costs, whether logistics, energy, or…

Zoepac new flow pack range to reach retail shelves -

Fresh produce packaging that reduces losses and waste in ambient conditions

Fresh produce packaging that can extend the shelf life of products in ambient conditions, thereby decreasing food waste, remains the focus for Post-Harvest Solutions. The company, founded in Israel in 2004, to provide packaging solutions to the fresh produce sector is known for their Zoepac range of…

Marta Paprocka, Silbo Packaging:

Is moving away from plastic in food packaging a colossal mistake?

Where is the food packaging market headed? Is getting rid of all plastic packaging really the way to go? Is paper the right remedy? According to Marta Paprocka, PR and Marketing Manager for Polish packaging company Silbo, the packaging landscape has been headed in that direction for the past few years:…

CPMA Plastic Packaging Working Group releases PLU compostability guidance

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) announced the latest efforts by the fresh fruit and vegetable industry in taking a proactive approach to ensure the long-term…

Reflex Group takes over GSH label and tag production

The Reflex Group has expanded again after taking over the GSH Group’s label and tag production wing and forming a new partnership with the supplier. GSH Group supplies…

Global Focus on Machinery and Packing

In March FreshPlaza will be focussing on machinery and packing, are you involved in these sectors? We would love to hear from you. You can send us some information or we can call you for an interview, just let us know. You can contact info@freshplaza.com    MarketingWould you like to get some extra promotion for your…

DOM Paletten

Michael Müller from DOM Paletten about the distribution of plastic containers

"People are relying more on repairs and recycling, instead of investing in new storage boxes"

Last year, DOM Paletten, a company based in Dormagen, Germany, celebrated its 10th anniversary. For the agricultural sector in particular, DOM pallets offers small and large containers. "For the agricultural sector, it is particularly important that the containers are durable, portable and stackable,"…


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