Packaging and Labelling

Plastic is a resource, not a waste

From recycling a water bottle you get two strawberry punnets

"Plastic is a topic to tackle without fear and companies like ours can, indeed must, make their own contribution". So said Giuseppe Montaguti, CEO of Infia, present on Monday 11 November 2019 at the company Siropack of Cesenatico (Forlì-Cesena), at the presentation of a circular economy project for the…

Curtin University research – Perth, Australia

Improving the shelf life of avocados

Plastic can be an important component of food packaging as it can create a barrier against nasties such as bacteria, as well as liquids and gasses. This can help to prolong the shelf life of many foods, thus preventing waste. However, given the finite resources of petroleum-based polymers, which are used…

New date packaging uses 100% post-consumer recycled plastic

Natural Delights is proud to announce the launch of sustainable packaging. Made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, Natural Delights’ new green packaging will apply to all tub containers and roll into stores November 2019. “Our new green packaging for tub containers will help to keep 800 tons of plastic…

W. Dimer LLC presents absorbent pads ecoline from renewable raw materials at ExpoSE 2019

"Compostable absorbent pad is not only suitable for soft and pome fruit, but also for the vegetable sector"

Pads serve to absorb and bind liquids from perishable food. This not only results in a more appealing presentation, but also increases hygiene and this makes for a longer shelf life of the packaged product. Specialized company W. Dimer LLC, based in Laufenburg, will present the newly developed DIMER…

German government passes draft bill to ban disposable plastic bags

On Wednesday, the German government passed a draft bill by Environment Minister Svenja Schulze to ban disposable plastic bags in Germany. The draft bill provided for a ban on…

Trade fair combo expoSE and expoDirekt - not just for the asparagus sector

"At the fair we want to focus primarily on direct marketers"

ExpoSE is becoming increasingly important among German and international players in the strawberries and asparagus industry. From cultivation technology to different varieties and packaging, all segments will come to Karlsruhe in November to get ready for the upcoming asparagus season. The fair is not only…

Solidus Solutions presents expanded packaging range at ExpoSE 2019

"New solutions have emerged from the original Asparagus box"

At ExpoSE 2018, Solidus Solutions presented their then brand new packaging concept for asparagus. Through the so-called Asparagus Box, the internationally operating packaging company wanted to set new standards in terms of sustainability and convenience. Since then, the response has been enormous, says Oliver…

Sweet peppers handed out like candy at Fruit Attraction

From October 22nd to October 24th, Tribelli participated in Fruit Attraction together with the 7 European partners, Murgiverde, Agroiris, Vicasol, Granada La Palma, Sat Campos de Granada, Indasol and Fruca Marketing and, for the first time, it also had a space of its own. Tribelli put a special highlight…

Looye launches

Moyo: new snack tomato brand for children

In addition to the existing Honeytomatoes and Joyn brands, Looye Growers are now introducing Moyo, a brand aimed at children. "Moyo is a combination of the words; motivation and joy. It stands for your inner strength, self-assurance or your sparkle. When you are motivated and do what you enjoy to do, you…

Online outrage as Woolworths sells garlic cloves packaged in plastic

Although Woolworths has taken several measures to reduce plastic waste across its brand’s food products, some customers are angry after a picture surfaced online of the brand selling garlic cloves, packaged in plastic. A customer buying goods at the Bondi Junction store in Sydney’s eastern suburbs…

Winning D&AD Future Impact Awards for Environment and Sustainability

Pinoy paper 'Pinyapel', made from discarded pineapple leaves

"Pinyapel" is a Pinoy paper product made from discarded pineapple leaves. Recently, it won the D&AD Future Impact Awards for Environment and Sustainability in New York City.…

"The demand for food containers started to increase from 2000"

Limera, a Turkish company which was founded 12 years ago, exports plastic food containers to 36 countries. Their products are exported mainly to Italy and other European countries where they are used for packing fruits, stated the company's General Manager Muhammet Ali Kul. "Following R&D projects, soon…

HCM City University of Economics and Finance

Vietnam: Students make biodegradable products from potatoes

Two students from the HCM City University of Economics and Finance have made biodegradable products from potato starch in an effort to reduce the use of single-use plastic items. Nông Văn Phước and Đặng Nguyễn Xuân Trọng are fourth-year students majoring in business administration and international…

New recyclable packaging solution for kiwifruit

The organic sector is always looking for solutions that best represent its values, such as for example sustainability, and finding suitable packaging solutions can be a challenge.  "We always try to do our best to reach our objective - i.e. becoming more and more sustainable. This year, we chose Fruit Attraction…

Fruit and veg displays at Fruit Attraction

Here are some of the great displays by companies at Fruit Attraction: the introduction of the plastic-reducing, often cardboard packaging was prominent as well as some beautiful fruit carvings.Cardboard packaging as an alternative to plastic at Montosa Natural brandingGazpacho of mango and Avomix of avocado…

Messerle LLC presents semi-transparent Greet fruit and vegetable bags at ExpoSE

For the first time, Messerle LLC is present at expoDirekt in Karlsruhe, with its new packaging. There, the Austrian company will present the semi-transparent Greet fruit and vegetable bags to an international audience. The new solution scores well, with the following features: If not contaminated, the bags…

Kühling Fruchthandel presents expanded packaging range at ExpoSE 2019

"GeschmacksTRESOR 2.0 is ideal for food retailers and farm shops"

The GeschmacksTRESOR  was one of the most important eye-catchers at last year's ExpoSE: After the 'clever' packaging solution for peeled asparagus was presented for the first time, the response was tremendous, the management of the license-carrying company Kühling Fruchthandel confirms. Now the next step is…

Dietmar Baumeister sees renewed interest in the established rubber ring process in the asparagus sector

"Rubber band bundler is part of a cost-effective solution that significantly contributes to material reduction"

The rubber band bundler was developed to efficiently and semi-automatically place the rubber rings around the asparagus. In the course of the sustainability trend, the established process is currently experiencing a renewed upswing in the agricultural sector after many years, says Dietmar Baumeister of Erich…

Nedato invests in new packaging line

Since 1 October, the new JASA packaging line has been running at Nedato in Oud-Beijerland, The Netherlands. The company is adding the new packaging machine to the current machine line in response to the demand for smaller packaging from the retail market. "Demand is changing. Customers want smaller…

AFPA and PMA A-NZ create workshop on link between packaging and food waste

The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) and the Produce Marketing Association Australia New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) are hosting a workshop to engage industry on the…

Plátano de Canarias presents its new 100% compostable and biodegradable label

Plátano de Canarias has introduced the first 100% compostable and biodegradable label made of wood pulp from sustainable plantations. This new initiative adds to the Aenor…

Produce tie/tag recycling system launched

Each year, billions of produce items move from grower to retailer to consumer. While each member of the supply chain makes a conscious effort to improve sustainable practices – from land use to packing efficiencies to food waste reduction – there is no uniform solution for reusing or recycling the small…

TruTag Technologies close $7.5 million investment round for edible barcode

TruTag Technologies, a developer of product identity and traceability solutions, has closed on a $7.5 million Series C backed by Pangaea Ventures and Happiness Capital. This…

Recyclable table grape packaging to be displayed at Fruit Attraction

Prior to the start of the South African Organic Table Grape season, OTC Organics presents a carton table grape packaging to meet increasing demand from end customers. Reducing plastic packaging for vegetables and fruit is perhaps the most discussed topic of the moment. Retailers, distributors, packers, consumers…

Preview: new compostable packaging hits the shelves at Esselunga stores

IGP Pachino tomatoes are plastic free

"It is now a matter of fact: the European Union has has voted to say goodbye to single-use plastics, which must be completely eliminated by 2021. Because of this, I was inspired to create an eco-friendly and innovative packaging that resembles a jewelry box to emphasize the preciousness of our product.…

Eco awareness

Vijayawada farmers exchange vegetables for plastic bags

In an attempt to make people more environmentally conscious, Andhra Pradesh is raising anti-plastic awareness by offering free vegetables for returned plastic bottles and bags at one of the Rythu Bazaars in Tenali in Guntur district. Consumers would get free vegetables of the same weight as the plastic…

New packaging solution is entering the German market

Banded apples in punnets with wings

Sustainable and safe packaging solutions are currently a sensitive issue in the fruit and vegetable industry, including in the top fruit and citrus sectors. Machine Service A + P Schiffmann e.K. based in Jork - in the heart of the Altes Land growing region - has set itself the goal of providing the apple…

Cyklop-Strepper® promises faster and more environmentally friendly asparagus packaging

"Thanks to Elastobinder, bundling and labeling are done in one go"

For asparagus producers, there is a peak of around three months every year for the processing of their "white gold". The asparagus must be harvested, packaged and transported in these three months. This process is time consuming, but Cyklop BV has developed a faster and more environmentally friendly solution.…

Mucci Farms wins Best Sustainable Packaging Award at Fresh Summit 2019

Mucci Farms has announced that they have been awarded the top prize for Best Sustainable Packaging at the PMA’s Fresh Summit Conference and Expo for Simple Snack, a plastic-free, backyard compostable series of packaging. “To win this category in particular is exciting because sustainability is by far the…

British company wins the PPMA Innovative Robotics Solution 2019 award

Brillopak’s UniPAKer crate loading robot for fresh produce factories has won the PPMA Innovative Robotics Solution 2019 award, beating nine other processing and packaging OEM finalists. The eight independent judges summarized their decision: “Brillopak’s UniPAKer fresh produce robot is a stand-out performer…

Old plastic crates can be regenerated into new ones

"We pay for used crates to make new ones that are certified to be used with fresh produce and are therefore suitable to come into contact with food," explains Mariano Magarotto from Plastic Packaging.  Mariano Magarotto "We pay a set amount per kg and then use a Japanese technology to break down, sterilize…

Smurfit Kappa partners with mango supply chain in US and Mexico

According to Smurfit Kappa - a packaging manufacturer - the challenge for mango producers in Mexico and the United States was to find a paper-based packaging solution that allowed more units to be packed and assembled while ensuring resistance, ventilation, pallet stability, food safety and brand…

Wash your plastics down the drain

The Star Group announced it is working with synthetic biology to create a plastic punnet that consumers can put directly into their backyard or balcony composter. The…

Home compostable fruit label in development

From its inception and for over 18 years, Accu-Label has been developing fruit labelling solutions with a focus on environmental sustainability, food safety, and optimal…

Sneak peek of Wonderful Pistachios' new holiday bin at PMA

Wonderful Pistachios is giving visitors to PMA Fresh Summit a sneak peek of their new holiday-themed bin. The company said the new design follows on from the 2018 holiday season with The Grinch, adding that the 2018 campaign generated a 15 percent sales lift during Christmas. According to Adam Cooper…

Terphane to showcase its products at Fresh Summit

"Flexible packaging is today's choice for sustainability"

Terphane, a specialty polyester films producer, is showcasing its newest products designed to increase consumer appeal, shelf life, and product sustainability at the Produce…

Hong Kong supermarkets explore plastic-free solutions at local forum

Several parties - including Raphaël De Ry, founder of local plastic-free store, Edgar - have voiced doubts over whether some of Hong Kong’s biggest supermarket chains would be entirely open to adopting new ways of cutting waste packaging from their businesses. At Monday's forum hosted by Greenpeace and…

Kaufland introduces reusable pouches for fruit and veg in Poland

Since October 10, reusable bags for vegetables and fruits can be bought in Polish Kaufland stores. This is another step towards reducing plastic use. A pack of two reusable…

Tesco wraps single leeks in plastic to avoid 'inadvertently adding to food waste'

Tesco spokespeople have stated the supermarket chain wraps single leeks in plastic to avoid "inadvertently creating food waste". The supermarket was responding to a customer complaint after she spotted individually wrapped vegetables in her local store. A Twitter user who works in the charity sector and…

First packaging demo products realized in Polyhydroxyalkanoates presented during Fruit Attraction

Following the presentation of the Zeropack project that took place at Fruit Logistica in Berlin last February, the company will present in a press conference at the Fruit…

Grow e.V. wants to support climate with used wooden packaging

"Multi-value" instead of "reusable"

With the thermal utilization of end-of-use wood packaging, climate-neutral energy can be generated. In view of rising oil, gas and electricity prices as well as new subsidy programs of the Federal Government, an economic component is added. "When companies now switch to wood-burning, they not only…

NatureFresh Farms puts sustainability in the spotlight with compostable tray

NatureFresh Farms is significantly reducing their plastic waste. They have teamed up with a local family-owned manufacturing operation to develop a fully compostable pulp molded tray. It has been just over a year since NatureFresh Farms introduced their new compostable Mini Cucumber tray to their…

José Navarro and Michael Stephan, PackCo·Brand&Packaging

"The great challenge in packaging is to achieve a natural, sustainable and premium appearance”

José Navarro and Michael Stephan, designers and partners of PackCo·Brand&Packaging, develop projects tailored to the needs of each client and product. The company has a…

David Jahn - Brillopak

The Unipaker is single pick and packs up to 75 packs a minute

The processing and packaging market is fast moving and OEM providers need to design machines to be both reliable and efficient while at the same time having an eye on future pack and presentation trends. British end of line automation specialist BrilloPak has been in the business for nearly 20 years and…

New packaging options for organic artichoke line

Ocean Mist Farms has announced three new organic artichoke packaging options to the company's organic line. The new packaging options will be displayed at PMA Fresh Summit Oct. 17-19, 2019, and shoppers can expect to see them in stores in time for the November and December holidays. Ocean Mist’s organic…

Canadian company launches all-paper label and waste liner

LABELPAC, a Canadian-based company that designs and manufactures individual fruit labeling machines and PLU labels, has announced an all-paper label applicator and waste liner. According to the company, it is the only system that uses the biodegradable paper for both the label and the waste liner. Sam…

Owyhee Produce to grow its own onions bags

Owyhee Produce has announced their plan to create their own regenerative produce bags by converting hemp fibers sourced from their own crops. These compostable bags are set to be an available packing option releasing Spring 2020. For the first time in their farming history, Owyhee Produce will start…

Casting the limelight on eco-design and packaging

Sustainable and efficient fresh produce packaging takes centre stage at Fruit Attraction with ILIP, known for their plastic processing. The brand will be presenting its range of solutions designed to protect, value and preserve the freshness of fresh fruit and vegetables in Madrid from 22nd to 24th…

StePac reveals four-pillared strategy for new packaging

Launching sustainable greener packaging

StePac L.A., Ltd. presents the company’s four pillared sustainability strategy for fresh produce packaging. The advanced strategy effectively mitigates the necessity of…

Aimed at reducing Listeria formation

UMAS Project looks at surface changes & coatings to reduce biofilms

A University of Massachusetts research group has teamed up with the USDA to look at whether combining physical changes to food contact surfaces with Food and Drug…

PGI Cítricos Valencianos and Fedemco team up to boost sustainability in Valencian citrus farming

The Spanish Federation of the Wooden Container and its Components (FEDEMCO) and the PGI Cítricos Valencianos have signed a Collaboration Agreement with the objective of promoting the image of Valencian Citrus and boosting sustainability in Valencian citrus farming. As explained by the director of FEDEMCO,…

Mucci Farms gearing up for Fresh Summit

The largest trade show for fresh produce in North America is coming up and provides many companies an opportunity to present their latest products. The team at Mucci Farms has been busy with innovations and show attendees will be able to see them firsthand in the New Product Showcase or in the company’s…

For blueberries, tomatoes, strawberries, cherries and grapes

Earthcycle™ home compostable packaging unveils new designs

CKF is excited to announce the expansion of its top sealable line of Earthcycle ™ home compostable and recyclable packaging with the launch of the “8-down” and “6-down” sized punnets, the EC 810 and EC 4068 respectively. The products were created with input from key customers and designed to maximize…

Embrapa Food Technology’s innovative fruit case

Embrapa Food Technology, the National Institute of Technology, and the Macromolecular Institute (IMA) of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) have developed packaging…

Banana Leaf Preservation Technology: Leaves to replace single use plastics

An Indian innovation called Banana Leaf Preservation Technology has a sustainable solution to the global challenge of overabundant single use plastic waste. Banana leaf technology is an environmentally friendly cellular system that preserves leaves and natural biomaterials for a year without any…

US apple grower offers expanded packaging options

Honeybear Brands has announced two new packaging programs, which it says is based on consumer demand. Honeybear said it has experienced success with its two-pound Honey Cubbie pouch for Honeycrisp apples. As an extension of this, Cubbie pouches will be available in three-pound packages for Gala, Fuji,…

Indian traders also using banana leaf baskets

The ultimate sustainable packaging: woven coconut leaf baskets

While all around the world, retailers are trying to use less and less single-use plastics, these vendors from Tawi-Tawi have already come up with greener alternatives. Several fruit and vegetable vendors in the town of Bong-ao (Negros Oriental province) were seen carrying their produce inside baskets…

Lamb Weston's net sales increased 8% compared with last year

“We remain on track to deliver our fiscal 2020 targets, reflecting our continued focus on execution and a generally favorable current operating environment. In North America,…

Giacovelli chooses Grape Touch labels

Eco-sustainable packaging and labeling are nowadays a necessity in the fresh produce world, so companies need to change to comply with new demands. Giacovelli S.r.l. has been the first company in Puglia to implement Grape Touch, Carby Label's green labels made with recycled materials: the front is made…

Noémie Dorion, Martin Emballage:

France: “Demand for wood packaging increases as plastic becomes less popular”

Located in the Deux-Sèvres department, Martin Emballage was originally a family sawmill. Created in 1947, it started designing cheese crates in the 1950s. In the 70s, the company became specialized in light wood packaging. “We can make 13 million packagings per year, all products combined. We make mostly…

Greenhouse leader expands sustainable solutions

Sunset has announced plans to offer 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging for all fruits and vegetables by 2025. A decade ago, they had already introduced top seal to the industry, resulting in a 20% reduction of materials. “At Sunset, we always grow with the future in mind. That’s why…

Procedure of EcoMark LLC appeals to major Italian suppliers

Mazzoni Group opts for natural branding

The Italian Mazzoni Group has decided to offer their fruit in the future with "natural branding" instead of stickers. This is reported by the specialized German provider Eco Mark LLC. Image: EcoMarkLLC Increase in flexibilitySince the beginning of July 2019, the Mazzoni logo has graced watermelons of various…

Jasa Sleever

Dutch company gets new apple packaging

Dutch wholesaler, Van der Lem, has been in business since 1948. They package and distribute wholesale fruit and vegetables, as per their clients' wishes. "We do what our clients ask of us," says Mike Tesselaar. He does the purchasing and sales at this company. "Market demand has changed. Clients want innovative, sustainable…

Waitrose & Partners to reduce plastic packaging

Waitrose & Partners, DS Smith and Primafruit have worked together to produce a cardboard punnet to save the food retailer 12 tonnes of plastic packaging a year. The…

New 100% recycled containers to keep fried foods warm and crunchy

Novolex™ announced the introduction of EcoCraft® Fresh & Crispy™ clamshell containers, a new line of clamshell containers that keep fried foods warm and crunchy thanks to their design. The new containers offer a unique system for high-performance ventilation to keep fried foods crunchy and warm. They are…

PMA packaging committee in Chile to work on creation of sustainability plan

The Packaging Committee of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) in Chile agreed on the need to work with various organizations and companies to create a sustainability plan in the country. The idea is to allow the food packaging industry to become as environmentally-friendly as possible, mainly when…

Fruits & vegetables: where to buy the least plastic in Austria

Organic goods store Denn comes out on top

In June 2019, testers from the Consumers Association of Austria (VKI) visited a total of 58 branches of the 13 most important food suppliers in the nation. They had their sights on apples, cucumbers, carrots, peppers and tomatoes, looking to see how many of them were sold, packaged in plastic. Graphics: VKI…

Unitec celebrates its 95th birthday

On the occasion of its ninety-fifth birthday - it was 1924 when the first mechanical sorters were made - there is so much emotion at Unitec, retracing the goals achieved during almost a century of work with a single and clear mission: to improve and make more effective and efficient the processing and…

DOGK: Which solution has potential in the market?

Sustainable packaging management is the motto in the fresh trade

One of the most important topics of today's fresh food industry is the comprehensive search for a sensible and sustainable packaging concept. The solution of the future should be sustainable, recyclable and as affordable as possible for everyone involved. At this year's DOGK, they addressed the question "What…

Biodegradable cucumber wrap sparks overseas interest

South Australian produce and packaging businesses work on biodegradable processes

Two South Australian produce and packaging businesses have developed a 100 per cent biodegradable compostable cucumber wrap. The challenge was put to George Antonas, director…

Packaging fresh produce helps reduce food waste, according to new report

A new report has highlighted the importance of striking a balance between packaging that reduces the environmental impact of food waste, compared to the environmental impacts of that packaging in the fresh produce industry. The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) has released research by RMIT…

Heiner Matthei, Obeikan MDF:

"We deliver added value, both for long-distance transport and in food retailing"

Retailers are constantly looking for new, innovative packaging solutions. There are various requirements, depending on the product and the market, but one thing is clear at the moment: There is no way around sustainability. For this purpose, Obeikan MDF has developed a new mono-package made from pressed wood…

Broccoli moves from ice age to fresh packaging

StePac L.A. Ltd.’s modified atmosphere/modified humidity packaging technology (MA/MH) is integrating sustainability into the long-haul transport of fresh broccoli and other vegetables traditionally shipped in ice. The technology effectively eliminates the need for ice and non-recyclable wax cartons while…

"Double-digit sales increase in retail and hospitality products"

Photo report: Visiting Metro C + C Dusseldorf

On the occasion of this year's DOGK in Dusseldorf the metro market invited visitors to the brand new market hall. Store manager Michael Widmer led the interested parties through the 2018 newly opened and modular cash & carry market and showed the different worlds of experience. The highlight was, not surprisingly,…

Apple screening determines crop's risk for developing Bitter Pit and Soft Scald

Apple disorders can be extremely damaging to crops, and every year again growers lose parts of their harvest to disorders such as Soft Scald, Bitter Pit, and Internal Browning. These disorders materialize while the apples are in storage, but the crop’s risk for developing them can be determined around…

Wollongong - New South Wales

Australian retailer offers buckets not bags for fresh produce

The Leisure Coast Fruit and Deli in Fairy Meadow has announced it would trial buckets, instead of bags, to indicate which price category applies produce. But the buckets are available for only some of the giant store's fresh produce selection, including bananas and lemons. Others, including apples,…

Paper sleeves as an alternative to disposable plastics

Seven years ago, Mediane had already introduced paper sleeves for the packing of fresh produce. Maybe a bit ahead of their time, the growers and retailers were not ready for paper sleeves yet. Nowadays, that opinion has changed completely. The awareness of how to deal with single-use plastics, has grown…

57% of Spanish fruit and vegetable consumers prefer sustainable packaging

57% of consumers would be willing to pay more for fruits and vegetables packaged in an environmentally-friendly material. According to a recent study carried out by the Association of Manufacturers and Distributors (AECOC), with the collaboration of the Spanish Association of Corrugated Cardboard (AFCO),…

Islamabad fruit vendors use plastic bags despite ban

The vendors of the capital's Sabzi Mandi (fruits and vegetables market I-11) and fruit sellers at the Aabpara market have been found using plastic bags, despite the ban…

Plant waste as raw material

From a lettuce to a fruit container

The food and agricultural system generates a large amount of plant waste, whose handling is costly and requires a management effort. However, that waste can also bring opportunities. "The parts of lettuce or artichoke we don't eat, as well as other sorts of plant waste, go through an industrial process…

Global food packaging market forecast to 2030:

"There is an uptick in use of paper and aluminum-based packaging"

Frost & Sullivan’s latest analysis, 'Global Food and Beverage (F&B) Packaging Market, Forecast to 2030', reveals that the need to reduce material usage and develop more…

Polystyrene packaging suitable for table grapes

"Sintered Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is perfect to store fruit and for grapes in particular, which is very delicate especially during handling and transport. EPS packaging protects grapes and preserves its organoleptic qualities," explains Alessandro Scurria from SCF - Packaging division. Alessandro…

Plastic packaging: How are UK supermarkets doing right now?

For many years now, over-packaged food has been bothering environmentally- minded shoppers. Of course, supermarkets have responded by looking for alternatives to all that plastic. But now British MPs are saying that the UK needs to move away from all single-use packaging - not just plastic. Using…

Ronald Borst, Van der Windt Packaging:

Recycling or composting?

Using less plastic is a hot topic at the moment. Where possible, and if the product allows for it, paper or cardboard can replace plastic. Flow packs are a form of packaging where the packaging material weighs relatively little. However, many people think plastic should be banned. A cardboard flow pack is a possible solution. A flow…

Dutch company CocoPallet uses coconuts for creation of pallets

Start-up company CocoPallet will be turning coconut husks into a reusable source to replace the traditionally used but rapidly becoming non-environmentally-friendly wood pallets. The Dutch company places itself in a niche where they are aiming to provide a cost-effective solution within the freight…

Lots of innovations in all areas of the industry

Photo report Interaspa 2019: asparagus and berry sector is in full development

During this year's Interaspa at the farm Oelkers in Wenzendorf, many exhibitors from the national and international asparagus and berry sector showed their innovations. The focus was primarily on variety development, product packaging as well as harvesting and processing technology. Despite the presence of…

Tesco will not phase out plastic bags for loose fruit and veg

Tesco says it will not join the other supermarket chains phasing out plastic bags for free fruit and veg, stating that in fact paper bags have a larger carbon footprint. The grocery store is refusing to go along with Sainsbury’s and Morrisons in phasing out the plastic carrier bags. Customers have…

New watermelon pouch launched

Maglio Companies has launched a new package to ship cut watermelons, with the aim to make them last longer. Maglio says the ReadyRipe™ watermelon pouches are a grab-and-go bag, with graphics, bright colors, and handle, while promising no wicking or leaking. The company added that ReadyRipe™ packaging has patented technology…

David Borda, head of the Sweet Fruit Sector at COAG:

"Our fruit is now a gift in plastic packaging or a container"

In the Spanish fruit sector, there has been an increase of both exports (by 20% between 2014 and 2018) and the value of the production (up by 38% between 2013 and 2018, reaching more than 10.3 billion Euro). "It is the most relevant sector of all Spanish agriculture, but the lack of profitability does…

New food preservation technology mimics natural sun cycle

Beko recently unveiled their HarvestFresh technology which will be available across a range of refrigerators. The technology, developed for Beko fridges, uses not one, but three effective colors (green, blue and red), which mimic the 24-hour sun cycle and natural sunlight. This combination will simulate…

UK consumers prepared to buy unpackaged foods

Bagless fruit and vegetable aisles, as well as refill stations for goods such as pasta, rice, grains and cereals, are seen increasingly in supermarkets like Morrison’s and Waitrose. According to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, these practices are in line with a greater willingness among…

Reusable Packaging Association announces 2019 award winner

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) has announced the winner of the 2019 Excellence in Reusable Packaging award program: The Kroger Company with reusable packaging supplier Polymer Logistics. The Kroger Company won for their 2018 commercial pilot of Polymer Logistics’ Cleanpal® pallet for the…

Chiquita launches promotion for kids to get creative

Chiquita Brands International has launched its “Fuel the Fun” Back To School Promotion with the aim to encourage fans of any age to unleash their creativity. The company said…

Markus Nöthen, Redpack Maschinen LLC:

"Waste prevention is an important element for us as well"

European consumers are becoming increasingly critical about the use of packaging. Especially regarding fresh fruit and vegetables, plastic is condemned virtually by everyone. Retailers and packaging manufacturers, however, all emphasize the same thing: packaging in moderation has a positive effect on the…

North Bay Produce to purchase compostable packaging equipment

North Bay Produce, Inc. of Traverse City, Michigan announced it is making efforts to reduce plastic waste. Purchasing compostable packaging equipment will help reduce the…

Plastic processing firm ILIP signs environmental sustainability pledge

Plastic processor ILIP has committed to reducing the use of plastic materials, and limiting food waste and protecting food all along the supply chain. It is now aiming to…

"Effective packing solutions to deliver sustainability benefits"

Hugo Beck, the world’s leading manufacturer of horizontal flowpack, film packaging and post-print processing machines, will be embracing the key theme of this year’s FachPack – ‘environmentally-friendly packaging’ – with a display of machine concepts that demonstrate how effective packaging solutions can…

Norwegian blueberry packaging wins award

BAMA Packaging from Norway has come up with a new, smart solution for blueberry packaging. This packaging received this year's Scandinavian ScanStar award. This new paper packaging was developed to reduce the use of plastic packaging materials. “The development of environmentally-friendly packaging…


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