Global Focus Packing/Machinery/Fresh-Cut

Tong grading line sows seeds for a productive future at B&C Farming

Norfolk-based contract farmer and potato grower B&C Farming purchased a bespoke potato grading line from Peal Engineering 29 years ago. With advances in equipment automation and efficiency offering some significant savings in labour and costs, when the time came for B&C Farming to upgrade their…

Technological innovation and eco-sustainability

Sorma Group at the 2019 European Packaging Forum

Sorma Group will be at the European Packaging Forum (4-5 June, Düsseldorf) with an address by Thomas Carta, CEO of Group company S&B Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH. The congress, organised by Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) and Fruchthandel Magazin, will be held at Hotel Nikko and will bring…

The demand for cardboard boosts innovation in machinery

The end of plasticulture will involve a lot of cardboard

The supposed end of plasticulture is leading to an increase in the demand for machinery, and many packaging machine manufacturers see agriculture as a market niche. In this context, TMG®, a company specialized in assembly machines for mass production, is launching new lines to meet that demand. "A large…

Graziani Packaging: new markets abroad for the Italian company

The first three months of 2019 were a great success for Graziani Packaging. Foreign sales increased by 19%, reaching several countries overseas. Roberto Graziani: "We are very satisfied with this first quarter, which confirmed our stability in Italy and strong growth abroad. Not only Europe, but also…

Where to for packaging in a war-on-waste world?

After the ABC’s War on Waste placed the use of packaging in the fresh produce sections of Australia’s supermarkets under close scrutiny, growers and retailers are under pressure from customers to reduce plastic packaging. But any reduction must be balanced against the benefits that packaging provides.…

Marcus Gillioen, Flexfilm:

Dutch plastic specialist contributes to reduction of plastic packaging

Marcus Gillioen is at the helm of Flexfilm, a commercial enterprise and consultancy specialised in plastic films. The company works closely with European film producers who are also represented in the Benelux. The Dutch company from Schoonhoven was founded 23 years ago, and they’re facing the future with…

ROP moves forward on cutting plastic waste

Growing awareness to the need to reduce packaging waste is well attended to at ROP Ltd. a Israeli manufacturer of polypropylene based packaging materials who's known for its modified atmosphere packaging for fresh produce branded ExtendCastTM and FreshCastTM. "Showing environmental responsibility we've…

New environmentally friendly packaging improves shelf life of mushrooms

As of the second quarter of 2019, mushrooms supplied to supermarkets by The Greenery will be offered in an improved packaging that extends the shelf life of the product. “The current packaging have the problem of condensation in the punnets. We made a proposal to The Greenery to improve the punnet, and…

Schur®Star Zip-Pop Bag wins Packaging Innovation Award

The new One Step…Done!™ product line from Potandon Produce could solve the dinner dilemma. But what makes it so different from other potato products in the market? The answer lies both in the potatoes and the bag design. "This bag allows you to cook quickly and easily for your entire family. The potatoes…

Move from cups and shakers to small bags for snack mini tomatoes

You get tomatoes in all shapes and sizes. From cherry tomatoes and snack tomatoes to TOV and loose tomatoes. For every tomato, a suitable packaging solution has been found. These are needed to bring this product, undamaged, to the consumer. There is also a growing trend toward smaller, snack-sized…

Sealing the future for automated tray and flow wrap packing

Heightened demand for hygienic, secure and innovative packaging that not only improves product longevity, but increases its retail shelf appeal by delivering good product visibility, is leading to significant uptake in top seal and flow wrap machines by food suppliers. Rise in demand for these speedy…

Trend for less packaging material offers new opportunities for suppliers

Supermarkets are collectively dedicated to using less and more sustainable packaging. Is that good news for the packaging sector? The supermarket branch association CBL recently announced that 25% less packaging will be placed on supermarket shelves in 2025. To realise this goal, projects with suppliers…

How to efficiently classify blueberries?

Worldwide, blueberry is a very popular product. In recent years the production of blueberries also increased and with the bigger production a good grading of the different sizes also becomes more important. A company that is specialized in processing fruits and vegetables is Zhengzhou First Industry,…

Matthew Valantine - Baltimore Innovations

"The key was a reliable system that produced the same package time and time again cost effectively."

A leading United Kingdom packaging company says demand for its tomato slicing machine is growing, as the need for convenience food grows. Baltimore Innovations now has more than 40 machines world-wide, mostly in the United States and Europe – but also in Japan and Australia. Managing Director Matthew…

Inprinting of preprinted films is trending in soft fruit

The rising demand for transparency in the supply chain means more attention is being paid to coding and labelling. More and more customers are asking for inprinting of preprinted films, according to operational manager Ad Nouws of BerryWorld. With 70 different types of punnets, trays and buckets that are…

How to accentuate freshness with your packaging choices

The fresh food market is fast becoming a battleground as brands vie for consumer attention for their freshly picked produce. However, if you want to optimize your fresh food, putting your brand ahead of the competition, Alex Jones from Kendon Packaging has put together a few tips. No-nonsense packaging…

UK: Fieldwork Robotics wins funding to accelerate development of fruit-picking robot

Frontier IP Group Plc’s portfolio firm Fieldwork Robotics has won over £500,000 in funding from Innovate UK. The money will be used to accelerate the development of its raspberry-picking robot. Frontier, which holds a 27.5% stake in Fieldwork, said the funding would put towards a project to create a…

Trends in packaging: recycling, fewer and alternative materials

Packaging in supermarkets is under fire. The public debate and the changing public opinion regarding plastic packaging encourage supermarkets and their suppliers to reduce the mountain of packaging material. They’re mostly dedicated to reducing the use of packaging and using recyclable materials. For…

Ecogreen agricultural harvesters

Italy: Asparagus and strawberry harvesting machines

Ever attentive to the needs of the market and an expert in innovative technologies, Ecogreen has the best motorized agricultural machines, which are completed by accessories that facilitate the work of laborers, with a significant saving of time and money. All Ecogreen harvesting machines are electric,…

Impact of Brexit on Business:

What it means for mechanical engineering as in Palletizing?

Machine manufacturer Verbruggen (Palletizing Solutions) has been commercially active in the UK since 1991, but something has changed in recent times. Sales to Britain have increased throughout 2018 on a way which is primarily due to the fact that the UK chose Brexit. Verbruggen seems to have benefited…

Jan Lode van den Heuvel, VDH Concept

“Our perforated windows are unique, 100% recyclable, and move faster through the packer”

Sustainability, using less plastic, and recycling are currently high on the fruit and vegetable sector's agenda. VDH Concept has been supplying organic packaging to Belgian retailers for more than 12 years now. “Sustainability has never been a bigger issue than now. We have been supplying packaging made…

Ian Dewar - Anacail

Sealed pack Ozone treatment kills moulds, yeast and human pathogens

Scottish-based food-safety company Anacail has delivered its first production machine into a berry application in the UK, with interest growing world-wide. Their patented Ozone treatment uses technology which is situated after a tray sealer on the production line and is designed to work with traysealed…

Soloves dust, skin, and sealing smoke problem

Extraction solution for potato and onion packer, Awex, in Poland

Over the years, Jongejans Luchttechniek has become a household name for extraction systems in the agricultural sector. These systems are developed in the Netherlands and then installed, worldwide, at many growers and packing companies. Issues with dust and skins are then resolved. Recently, Jongejans…


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