Packaging and Labelling

André Vois (Project Service & Production LLC) on environmentally friendly packaging

"The market was just waiting for our eco-banding system"

The people at Project Service & Production LLC are focused on  product packaging of the future, even in today's times of crisis. FreshPlaza spoke to André Vois, Product Key Account Manager, who is responsible for environmentally friendly banding and the Proband V1000 system solution at the group of companies…

AR Packaging fibre-based barrier tray for fresh vegetables and fruit minimises use of plastics

Fresh vegetables and fruit are food categories with high waste levels throughout the supply chain. To meet the move to packaging with less plastics while not sacrificing product protection, AR Packaging has introduced a barrier cartonboard tray with more than 95% fibre content, tailored barrier and…

JBT Corporation acquires label inspection/verification systems provider

JBT Corporation, a global technology solutions provider to segments of the food and beverage industry, has acquired AutoCoding Systems Ltd, a provider of software solutions…

Anthony Langlais, Kultive:

“We now offer cherry tomatoes in 100% cardboard trays”

Kultive, the brand and commercial structure of over 50 French vegetable producers has just launched a new range of 100% cardboard trays for its cherry tomatoes. The trays are offered to its French retail clients since last week, beginning of the cherry tomato campaign. According to Anthony Langlais,…

Equilibrium Modified Atmosphere Packaging

‘Keeping leafy greens fresh is an exact science’

California and Arizona are producing more than 90% of US lettuce. If you live anywhere east of these two states, your leafy greens have traveled a long way to get there. How…

Marc Lodewijks and Wim Mariën, PACK11, the Netherlands:

"Our films meet the growing top seal packaging demand"

Marc Lodewijks started his own business in the Netherlands in 2012. By then, he had more than 15 years of experience in the packaging industry. As a new kid on the block, he moved into a new packaging hall in Nispen. There Marc focuses on film production for the fruit and vegetable sector, among others.…

Sustainability on the Lower Rhine: Lehmann Natur opts for Natural Branding

"Increase productivity, expand product portfolio"

The latest Natural Branding installation, NB 12003 from EcoMark, was put into operation for the first time in Germany in November 2020. Despite the corona crisis, lehmann natur and EcoMark succeeded in establishing Natural Branding on a large scale in the Lower Rhine region. In doing so, lehmann natur…

Thomas Däbel, Serwo LLC:

"Demand and the market are moving toward more sustainable packaging"

There are encouraging and hopefully sustainable trends that continue to grow steadily. The demand for ecological packaging, ideally biodegradable, continues to be of great interest for the German and European market. We spoke to Thomas Däbel, managing director of packaging specialist SERWO LLC,  about moving…

New package redesign for salad blends

Value-added salad brand Fresh Express® has contemporized its brand with new packaging design for its Garden, Premium Garden, Crunchy and Tender Leaf salad blends. The new design, which features revised artwork and graphics, aims to increase consumer appeal and purchase interest, and in independent…

Graziani Packaging

New "Magic" packaging line

Graziani Packaging has recently introduced new smooth and corrugated cardboard punnets under the Magic Punnet® brand. The analyses carried out by the Waste Watcher International Observatory revealed that food waste was still a relevant issue in 2020, although it did drop progressively. It is estimated that approximated 27 kg of…

"Safe and fresh from the field to the consumer"

While plastic and synthetic materials have increasingly become the focus of criticism in recent years, the group of Guillin companies is now breaking new ground in terms of product protection and sustainability. In addition to product packaging with a greatly reduced plastic content, the packaging…

These tomato products' talk' to you via a QR code

For people buying tomatoes, numbers like 986 hectares of tomato cultivation mean very little. Yes, it's many football fields, but what else? Nothing. Percentages are also tricky. Twenty percent lower CO2 emissions. Fine, but what does that mean? Quite a lot, according to the folks at the Azura Group. The…

Nick Jansen (Director Europe): "Huge stock protects against global raw materials scarcity on the market"

New LC Packaging head office is centre of knowledge and attractive workplace in one

In September LC Packaging opened its new, sustainable, state-of-the-art head office and warehouse at the Logistiekpark A12 in Waddinxveen. A grand opening was not possible due to the Corona situation, but AGF.nl has been able to take a look at the new building of the family business that has been active in…

Recyclable and biodegradable plastic produce pouches that don’t compromise clarity or strength

The industry demand and the global need for more sustainable packaging solutions has put packaging companies to work on finding ways to offer more environmentally friendly options to their customers. Packaging company First Genesis was founded in 1992 from a small one-car garage in Ontario, Canada. It…

Zero plastic in supermarkets might not be realistic

According to Countdown spokeswoman Kiri Hannifan, striking a balance between reducing plastic in the produce aisles and limiting methane emissions from food waste is a…

Portfolio features fully renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable punnet designs

Smurfit Kappa launches innovative punnet portfolio for fresh produce market

Smurfit Kappa is launching its innovative punnet portfolio in Europe. The “Safe&Green” portfolio is Smurfit Kappa’s paper-based, sustainable solution to plastic packaging for fresh produce, and consists of unique designs that are 100% renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable.  Recent research by Smurfit Kappa…

Fellini

Customized packaging for asparagus tips

Fellini Patrizio started selling asparagus a few days ago with the produce coming from protected crops in Campania and will continue with that from poly-tunnels in Apulia. Lamberto Giovanardi and Emile Fellini "Asparagus tips are processed, finished and packaged in our facility according to various…

Entries open for annual reusable packaging award

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) has opened the call for entries for the 10th annual Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award. This award recognizes primary (end) user…

What’s new in 2021 for Les Paysans de Rougeline?

It will have taken a lot of agility and mobilization in 2020 to maintain and ensure the balance in a sanitary context that has generated unprecedented levels of uncertainty. The year 2020, which marks 30 years for the brand Les Paysans de Rougeline, is a year of disruption. Demand, offer, social life,…

Consus Fresh launch AI-based label verification solution

Consus Fresh Solutions, part of The Affinitus Group; providing business management software solutions for the food and horticulture industries, has announced the launch of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based label verification and quality control (QC) solution for the fresh produce pack-house. The new…

USA Pears on a mission to fill fruit bowls and drive produce consumption with industry partnership

"USA Pears is excited to launch its #WhatsInYourFruitBowl initiative at a time when consumers are more focused than ever on developing healthy eating habits at home. Taking…

UTAS team comes up with new way to stop Asian cherry counterfeiters

UTAS associate Professor Jiangang Fei knows that counterfeiters in Asia put a lot of money into making packaging that looked identical to Tasmanian packaging, as the revenues…

Plastic-free packaging meets Australian Home Compost standard

CKF, Inc. has expanded its international accreditations for responsible end of life disposal of packaging by meeting the Australian Home Compostability standard, AS 5810 (2010) for the Earthcycle™ line of produce packaging. The packaging was tested by the recognized and accredited third-party lab, OWS…

PreZero Recycling

PreZero right on schedule in Belgium

Punctual opening of the sorting facility for lightweight packaging in Evergem

Following a construction period of just over one year and right on schedule, PreZero Recycling Belgium has begun operations at its sorting plant for light packaging in Evergem, Belgium. Every year, the fully automated plant will separate around 80,000 tons of material collected in the capital, Brussels,…

First Silphie-packaging at Kaufland

With OutNature, PreZero brings sustainable packaging based on the silphium plant onto the market

With OutNature, PreZero is developing new and sustainable fiber and paper products for packaging solutions in trade and industry. Following a successful pilot phase, the new packaging based on the silphium plant will first of all be introduced in the Fruit & Vegetable department in Kaufland stores.…

SmartPac

Protective packaging for small fruits and more

Intensive productions require particular attention to safeguard them, especially if we are talking about small fruits such as blueberries. Packaging is essential as, if unsuitable, it can compromise product conservation during transport. Smartpac is one of the best solutions available on the market - the…

Bedford Industries

Bedford Industries introduces new plant-based bag closure

Bedford Industries is excited to introduce CloseIt® Bio-Clip, its new plant-based bag closure containing 100% USDA certified biobased content that is commercially compostable. The Minnesota-based manufacturer set the ambitious goal of creating a compostable clip upon introducing its line of CloseIt clips…

Pooling service provider Euro Pool System recommends HERMA self-adhesive material

The fresh food logistics service provider Euro Pool System places two HERMA self-adhesive label materials on its customers’ recommendation list. The labels adhere to the reusable…

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Riverford Organic Farmers

'Fruit and veg packaging is now home compostable - saving 21 tonnes of plastic yearly'

Riverford founder Guy and packaging expert Robyn put out a clip on Youtube about his company's journey to home compostables. Photo source: Youtube.com  

Jeff Watkin of Sev-Rend:

“We anticipate high demand for consumer-sized packaging to continue through 2021”

The packaging trends in 2020 took a turn from the trajectory they have been on in recent years. Jeff Watkin of packaging company Sev-Rend discusses the new trends they observed, and which trends they expect to continue on into this year.  Grab and Go bagsAs the foodservice industry was shut down or limited…

EDEKA launches Apeel campaign with new TV ad

"Enjoy for longer, throw away less"

Under the slogan "Enjoy for longer, throw away less", EDEKA is launching a new information campaign on the innovative Apeel process, which doubles the shelf life of fruit and…

Frits van der Meulen, KCB: Spanish greenhouse vegetables quality is currently so-so

"Packaging greatly improves chicory, green beans, cucumbers, and radishes' quality and shelf life"

"More fruit and vegetables are being sold via the retail channel. That's led to a sharp increase in packaged goods. Think of pre-packed bags of apples, trays of pears, and…

NORMA replaces plastic packaging of organic herbs with paper

Over 4 tonnes of plastic to be saved annually

Chives, parsley, basil and other fresh herbs of Norma's proprietary BIO SONNE label have gotten a makeover, saving resources. The food retailer is now wrapping the pots in unbleached, wet-strength paper, thus saving 5.5 grams of plastic per item. What doesn't sound like much at first, will eventually add…

Ecoplastica

Customizable crate made of 100% regenerated polypropylene

Driven by the desire to diversify its solutions, Ecoplastica has developed a new crate made of fully-recycled material which will be available as of this week. "The objective was to make the packaging of Italian productions appealing and visible. We believe the current plastic crate formula is obsolete and…

81% of Spanish consumers take the packaging material into account

81% of Spanish consumers claim to take the packaging material into account when purchasing something; 6% more than in 2019, according to a study commissioned to Nielsen by…

Bio-Able Solutions

New 100% recyclable sustainable packaging breaks down within 24 months

Sev-Rend High-Performance Packaging has continuously made their mark in the packaging world over the past 26 years, especially in the produce industry. Sev-Rend is now looking…

Pact Group

Pact Group acquires New Zealand’s only packaging manufacturer with integrated PET recycling capability

Pact Group has completed the acquisition of Flight Plastics, a leading provider of packaging for the fresh food segment and New Zealand’s only packaging manufacturer with integrated PET recycling capability.  The acquisition of Flight is another important step in Pact’s strategy to lead the circular economy…

Plenty Ag

says Plenty's Co-founder Nate Storey.

“COVID is helping us re-examine our values”

With all the health concerns and supply chain disruptions resulting from the pandemic, many consumers are looking for locally and responsibly produced fruits and vegetables. And Plenty is firing on all cylinders to meet this increased demand. According to Nate Storey, co-founder and chief scientific…

Hinojosa's eco-friendly heat-sealable cardboard tray wins award at the WorldStar Awards 2021

Many countries in the European Union are restricting the use of single-use plastics in food packaging. It's a regulatory change that goes hand in hand with the consumer's…

Riverford organic vegetable box company

Devon veg box firm does away with plastic in a switch to home-compostable packaging

After a two-year journey, organic veg box company Riverford has switched to all of its packaging on fruit and veg to home compostable. This action will save 21 tons of plastic…

Dole announces new Bobby Banana packaging, reducing plastic waste

Dole has announced that its Bobby Bananas are now packaged in a new, smaller tape - which will reduce the amount of plastic destined for landfill in New Zealand and can be…

Up to 12 million tons of plastics enter the oceans each year

Greenpeace pressures supermarkets to stop plasticizing food

The environmental organization Greenpeace has launched an ambitious advertising campaign inviting consumers to sign a petition against the use of plastics in supermarkets,…

Gearing up for import season from Chile and New Zealand

Apple club variety volumes hold strong

The 2020 apple season was a mixed bag of experiences as domestic production in Washington state was down approximately 15 percent from the previous year, which prompted pricing on mainline varietals to move up with the shorter crop, a release from United Apple Sales said. Regionally, club varieties had a…

Tomra Food Compac

Analysing fruit data in the supply chain has never been more important for business efficiency

Fruit and production data can be used in ways that it has never been done before to improve a company's efficiency and boost profits, according to global packhouse equipment and automation supplier Tomra Food.  The company is renowned for supplying turn-key packhouses across a range of horticulture commodities.…

High domestic demand for Vietnamese pomelo leads to export pressure

Last season, Vietnamese pomelo production reduced significantly due to unfavorable weather conditions. The fruit had been in high demand  since last September but, as the Vietnamese New Year is coming soon, pomelos, especially the Hồ Lô” pomelo, are selling very fast and there is a product shortage in the…

New plastic film "deactivates Coronavirus in just 15 minutes"

A scientific collaboration including the companies Nanox, AplFilm, Braskem and the UFSCar (Brazil) and Jaume I of Castellón (Spain) universities has presented a plastic film…

Walmart partners with IFCO to cut down waste

IFCO Systems, operator of Reusable Plastic Containers for fresh food packaging, and Walmart, announced the completion of a multi-year business agreement that will expand the retailer’s use of IFCO RPCs and make IFCO Walmart’s exclusive RPC packaging provider for select fresh fruits and vegetables…

New paperboard innovation launched for fresh produce

Paper-based packaging leader, Graphic Packaging International ('Graphic Packaging') is proud to announce the launch of ProducePack, a sustainable paperboard packaging range of solutions for fresh produce. Aligned with Graphic Packaging's Vision 2025 to be better stewards for the environment, the innovative…

Manuel Peris, Agribio commercial manager:

"Laser-labeling of citrus fruits for Valentine's Day is quite a novelty"

February 14 is just around the corner and lovers are already trying to decide what special things to do to celebrate their love. And who said that Valentine's can only be celebrated with strawberries? "We want to vindicate the role of citrus fruits as a possible gift to show our love," says Manuel Peris,…

Jacques Banuls, Edenys:

“Brexit did not affect our sales in England”

For Edenys, a shipper of French apples, Brexit did not have a great impact on sales. “It is true that we were a bit worried at first, but in terms of sales, everything is actually going very well on the English market,” explains Jacques Banuls, sales manager. “Above all, there is a serious personal…

New potato packaging compostable at home

February is Potato Lover's Month and Arrowfarms companies Morning Kiss Organic and Gold Bell are introducing new, compostable paper bag potato packaging. The new potato packaging bags are made of two-ply paper with compostable glue used around the window of the bag. Made from sugar cane, the mesh window…

Papyrus Australia Ltd.

Papyrus grants “first right” to exploit technology in China

Papyrus Australia Ltd, a leading “agricultural waste fibre technology company” is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Union Pacific Trading…

Patrick van der Vegt, VWS Nederland

"Our machine's advanced blow-on system allows it to label packaged fruit and vegetables"

VWS Nederland turns 20 this year. This Dutch company develops, manufactures, and supplies labeling machines for the food industry. Chances are that their machines have labeled products like packed tomatoes, broccoli, pointed cabbages, and mushrooms. The LP500 automatic barcode label printer series. “Our…

New fully recyclable lidded tomato packaging

Packaging for fresh produce and in particular reducing the amount of plastic used has long been a hot topic, but there are many factors to consider when developing a new concept. Shelf life, protecting the product from damage and appearance and the all important environmental impact are big factors. The…

New Limore' packaging does well abroad

"The interest for packaged produce is on the up and the health emergency has pushed this trend. For this reason, during the 2020/21 campaign, PGI lemons from Rocca Imperiale will be available in two new packaging formats as well as in the classic cardboard crates - a small cardboard box containing 4…

SP Soluciones Agrícolas and Indesla offer different formats, from 125 grams to 1 kilo

New sustainable cardboard and R-PET packaging for berries and other crops

SP Soluciones Agricolas, a company from Huelva, and its partner Indesla have come together to solve one of the main problems that the cardboard packaging for berries have. “The need for the berries to be seen by consumers at the points of sale came into conflict with the sustainability of the tubs and…

Packaging company sees steady growth in demand for new sustainable line

As consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious, the demand for sustainable packaging options continues to increase every year. In response to this demand, as well as to reflect their own sustainability values, Warren Packaging has been working on developing a sustainable packaging line. “We…

New compostable packaging can double shelf-life of fresh produce

Compostable packaging producer TIPA and shelf-life extension specialist PerfoTec have partnered to offer fully compostable packaging that extends the shelf-life of fresh produce. The resulting laser microperforated compostable film provides retailers and suppliers with the ideal packaging qualities to…

In Belgium, Lidl and Plastinet Flexibles' efforts to reduce plastic is paying off

At the beginning of 2020, Lidl and Plastinet Flexibles began a project in Belgium. They wanted to see how they could reduce plastic waste in the store's fruit and vegetable section. Potato products' packaging was the first to be put under the microscope. Along with their manufacturer, Plastinet Flexibles…

"The solution lies not in less but in better packaging"

"The packaging industry is under pressure to change the negative image of plastics and packaging into a positive one. After all, packaging was created to get food to the consumer safe and sound. Food waste is, of course, a much bigger problem, and skimping on packaging could have a detrimental effect on…

New line of sustainable packaging for Fair Trade organic grower

Wholesum, Fair Trade certified growers and shippers of organic produce, launched a new sustainable packaging line of vegetables that will hit retail shelves this month. The new line will carry Wholesum’s staple, year-round items including organic slicer cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers…

Xavier Laduron, Fairebel and Kelly Indeherberge, LC Packaging, Belgium

“Fair apples and pears deserve unique, sustainable packaging”

Ten years ago, Belgian dairy farmers introduced Fairebel, a fair milk brand. They wanted a fair reward for their work. From November, this label includes Belgian apples and pears. Everyone in the fruit chain should be able to earn a good living. That's according to fruit grower Xavier Laduron. "If dairy…

Belgain retailer focuses on laser branding

Delhaize's entire organic fruit and vegetable range soon plastic-free

The Belgian supermarket chain, Delhaize, is prioritizing the war against plastic. It's launched a structural plan. This ensures most of its organic fruit and vegetable range won't need disposable plastic packaging anymore. Instead, they'll use, for example, natural branding. So, more than ten of their…

Fabio Zoboli from Infia

Packaging for products such as pears, apples and kiwifruit on the up

2020 was not an easy year for the packaging sector, though better-structured companies managed to fend for themselves. FreshPlaza talked about it with Fabio Zoboli, sales…

Innovation and sustainability driven by top-sealed packaging solutions

The research for new packaging solutions, both to match the new trends in fresh produce consumption and to attract a wider range of customers, has been a quite established effort in the food industry during the last few years. The evident consequences have been new developments in packaging design and…

Bagioni Technology continues shipping machines all over Europe

Covid hasn't stopped the asparagus sector

Another 15 asparagus harvesters were shipped from the Bagioni Technology headquarters to Italy (in Foggia), France and Eastern Europe. This is a sign that there is still a certain optimism and hope towards the future. "Entrepreneurs are aware that technology is an investment that improves the yields and…

Sofie Vandereycken, Presa, Belgium

"Mono-material packaging has become very popular in recent years"

COVID-19 has hugely influenced people and how they live. But it's also affected how things are packaged. "Before the crisis, the trend was to use as little packaging as possible. Now it's more, rather than less, packaging," says Sofie Vandereycken of Belgian packaging specialist Presa. "Many fruits and…

Magnus farms to facilitate Indian pomegranate and grape exports

“The idea of having our own packing facility was born a few years back”

Indian grape and pomegranate farmers have a new packhouse to send their produce to. Magnus Farms is a new company that is stepping into the industry at a difficult time. Pomegranate production has dropped by 70% due to untimely rains and grape exporters have had a terrible year last year, and therefore…

Citrus importer offers pink clementine packaging for Valentine’s Day

LGS Specialty Sales, an importer of citrus, avocados, grapes and persimmons, is offering limited-time pink packaging for the Darling Clementine® line ahead of Valentine’s Day. The seasonal packaging will be available throughout February and ready to stock store shelves the week before Valentine’s Day.…

Organics, online shopping and more key trends in apple industry

CMI Orchards, its growers and partners have tapped into current consumer trends to build its business. “Our shared expertise and emphasis on data analysis helped us identify consumer and retail trends, then position our efforts to maximize those opportunities,” explained Bob Mast, president of CMI…

“We saw demand for closing solutions increase greatly because of the pandemic”

Closing solutions company Kwik Lok has seen a significant spike in demand in the past year due to the pandemic. From retailers switching from bulk to grab-and-go formats to suppliers pivoting from foodservice to retail, packaging – and therefore closing solutions – became much more ubiquitous in 2020. Demand…

With Lof, the Nertherlands

Less wastage thanks to chicory flap

We must be able to extend chicory's shelf life in the supermarket, thought a group of Dutch students. So, their start-up, With Lof, invented a chicory flap. This lid protects the chicory from stores' bright lights. This product, therefore, discolors less quickly and retains its quality for longer. When the…

Ken Lyons of Blue Mountain Fruit Co.’s Red Prince apple variety

“With our new sustainable packaging, we expect bagged apple sales to grow 50% this year”

The Red Prince apple variety was brought from the Netherlands to Canada by Irma and Marius Botden in the year 2000 and is grown exclusively by the Blue Mountain Fruit Company. This naturally occurring variety, which originated around the border between the Netherlands and Germany, has been steadily…

Mikaël Vandewiele, Gamma-Wopla:

"It is impossible to produce the best food without ensuring optimal transport conditions"

The fruit and vegetable sector gives a lot of thought to the primary packaging of goods: What type of packaging and material best meet the needs of the product being packaged, are there sustainable alternatives, and are they economical? But there are also specific requirements for secondary packaging,…

Gustibus arrives on Alibaba

Sicilian companies are opening to investors and internationalization

The quality of Sicilian crops is improving through a more intensive relationship with the territory and by expanding globally. Gustibus is a case in point, a company that can count on great interest from investors like Banca Intesa, who are willing to support Sicilian companies in their national and…

Hinojosa enters the French cardboard packaging market with the purchase of Allard Emballages

Hinojosa, a leader in global packaging solutions in the Iberian Peninsula, has completed the purchase of the French company Allard Emballages. With its entry into the French cardboard packaging market, the company continues its international expansion, which started at the beginning of the year with the…

Parkside/Riverford

UK: Parkside and Riverford present home compostable packaging

Parkside, a Normanton company specialized in the design and development of home and industrial compostable flexible packaging, has collaborated with an organic producer and online grocer, Riverford, on a new range of TÜV-certified home compostable packs. Riverford has announced that it currently uses 82%…

Reaction to article

Nobody wants organics to return to plastic

Recently, in the Netherlands, Suzanne van der Pijll wrote an article. It was titled: 'Are organics going back to plastic?' The article was published in various Dutch trade…

Packed on plantations in Ecuador

SIIM and IFCO launch Extra Sweet Terrasol pineapples in IFCO crates

After the success of the banana in 2018 and a test phase launched by SIIM and IFCO 6 months ago, SIIM will now be offering to its European clients, packaging in IFCO crates for the Extra Sweet Terrasol pineapples directly from its packaging stations in Ecuador. With this development in the packaging of its…

Long-time sales manager Heinz Bürgerhoff from Klingele founds HB Verpackungsservice

"Not too colorful; the product must speak for itself"

After a long career with packaging manufacturer and supplier Klingele, Heinz Bürgerhoff decided to become self-employed at the beginning of the new year. Under the name HB Verpackungsservice, the Delmenhorst native primarily assists producers and smaller packers of fruit and vegetables in choosing the…

Kuku International Packaging

New plastic-free crate cover

Kuku International Packaging, a company located in Palata Pepoli (BO) and specializing in flexible packaging, has introduced a new crate cover made up of natural elements (95% cellulose) obtained from natural fibers and developed readapting the material used for other solutions.  Photo provided by Kuku International Packaging "This…

efko and Vitana present new product line

Crisp winter lettuce from Austria in CO2-neutral packaging

The market for ultra-fresh salad and vegetable convenience products is growing rapidly. More and more Austrians are turning to the convenient ready-to-eat products. Very often, these foods are packaged in plastic for protection. efko, Austria's largest producer of sour vegetables, sees supplying domestic…

Antar Douadi - BIOPAC

"Stored at 0 degrees we can achieve up to 100 days shelf life, depending on varieties,"

There are various options available on the market to extend the shelf life and keep table grapes fresh. One company has combined two methods and can store grapes in very good condition with reduced dry stem for up to 100 days . Australian company BIOPAC specialises in extending the post-harvest shelf…

Citrus cartons unveiled for Lunar New Year

The 2021 Lunar New Year celebration begins February 12 and to mark the start of the Year of the Ox, Classic Harvest is joining in on this message of hope and health. New this year, Classic Harvest is introducing cartons for Navels, Cara Caras and mandarins which depict not only the Ox, but all 12 of the…

APAL Post-harvest Seminar goes online to explore smart packhouse

APAL’s Post-harvest Seminar on Wednesday 20 January 2021 will be delivered entirely online as COVID-19 and border restrictions continue to create uncertainty for apple and pear growers across the nation. APAL Industry Services Manager Justin Smith said APAL and industry had been hopeful of returning to…

Danish company launches new package solution

Bottom of fresh herbs bag becomes growing pot

Danish based growing company Grow Up FARM is launching a new product, named Eat-Grow-Repeat: small pea plants that grow in hemp in a bag. Refrigerated and bagged, the pea sprouts keep fresh for a week. "Rip off the upper section of the bag, and the bottom of the bag is now the pot," they explain. "Place…

KM Packaging launches compostable product range

Global flexible packaging and lidding films supplier KM Packaging has launched a new range of compostable products. The C-Range of bio-plastic packaging materials includes shrink wrap, stretch wrap, adhesive tape, nets and bags. It enhances KM’s portfolio of sustainable flexible packaging solutions and…

How should fruit be described on packaging labels?

In recent decades, packaged fruit has gained market ground over loose fruit, and fruit containers have become a source of information for consumers. It is important to investigate consumer responses to the information contained on fruit packages from a wider perspective to identify the facts that…

Third packer for cold-hardy citrus

A third packinghouse started packing fresh South Georgia and North Florida citrus in 2020. The newest packer, The Satsuma Company, is in Tifton, Georgia. The others, Corbett Brothers in Lake Park, Georgia, and Florida Georgia Citrus in Monticello, Florida, have been packing citrus since 2016. “I have…

Chinese export of agricultural mesh bags increased during the pandemic

Automated packaging is becoming more and more popular in the Chinese agricultural industry, with a growing number of packaging facilities and farms investing in automated weighing and packaging equipment for food products. Mesh bag manufacturers have seen increasing demand for their products because of…

“We decided to stand out with improvements in appearance for our packaging”

The functionality of perishable packaging is important, but according to one packaging manufacturer, the look of the packaging is becoming more important these days. The company from Morocco creates packaging for avocados and their first branded packaging arrived in the Netherlands earlier this week.…

Smart big bags measuring temperature

With the pilot 'smart big bags' HZPC uses the internet of things to share knowledge and get a better grip on the delivery process of seed potatoes. Between December and April, 1100 big bags will be provided with an intelligent chip. Customers can hold their smartphone against the chip when they receive…

Nice growth of the Sylvain & CO brand on the Swiss market

"Authentic, practical offering of Fresh Convenience for everyday needs"

Young, fresh, innovative and committed - that is the guiding principle of Swiss fresh food brand Sylvain & CO. The label, which was created in 2012, has been part of the internationally active Eisberg Group for two years and has been run by an overarching management team together with Eisberg Switzerland…

New Grab-N-Go bags for hot peppers see popularity in niche markets

This year, importer Delina Fresh has been seeing an interesting growth in the Latin and Oriental markets in the United States. The company imports a wide variety of products from Ecuador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Brazil and the Dominican Republic and has year-round programs for all of their products. The…

Azura Group

Azura Group puts 100% CO₂-neutrality on tomato packaging

By the end of 2020, the tomato production of ‘farm to fork’ by the Azura Group will be one hundred percent CO₂-neutral. According to the family-run French-Moroccan company, one of the main players in vegetable- and fruit production, their company will be the first in the world to produce with one hundred…

Canadian apple company introduces biodegradable packaging

New packaging has been launched for Red Prince apples, a Canadian apple grown by the Blue Mountain Fruit Co. that’s harvested in the fall but not sold until the winter. The new Red Prince bag will biodegrade faster than traditional plastic and is also recyclable. The sustainable film bag will biodegrade five…

Scotty Brand cuts 27 tons of plastic from its packaging

Scottish potato business Scotty Brand has cut almost 27 tons of plastic from its packaging in a year. The company said it introduced a slew of plastic-saving measures across…

Gerold Wilms, bekuplast LLC:

"This year will certainly hold one or two more challenges for all of us"

The bekuplast company, a leading supplier of reusable plastic containers, has faced previously unknown challenges as a result of the Corona pandemic last year. However, due to the broad product range in both the food and non-food sectors, the impact was less severe than initially feared, says Key Account…

STEPAC Partners with J-Tech in Australia

STEPAC is all about reducing food waste right across the supply chain using modified atmosphere (MA), modified humidity (MH) and condensation control. It’s about preserving freshness and extending the viable shelf life of fresh produce in the marketplace.  "We’ve got a great range of products from Stepac" said…

Demand for guava could soften in January

Supplies of imported guava from Mexico are currently average. “The supply level of guava is medium-high and this year's weather hasn't been too cold in the growing areas,” says Alberto Diaz of Spring Valley Fruits in Pharr, TX. “Last year it was not too cold during the last months of the year. Supply was…

LytoFresh technology products accepted by US FDA

Lytone Enterprise, Inc., New Taipei City, Taiwan, has announced its products AnsiP-S and AnsiP-Sticker, formulated with 1-MCP technology, have recently been accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food package use. It’s a milestone for Lytone as the company is dedicated to expanding…

Kenya High Court ruling: Potato packaging to remain at 50 kilos

The High Court in Nairobi has handed Kenyan growers a big win after dismissing a case seeking to block the law on packaging potatoes in 50kg bags. The High Court threw out a case filed by 17 farmers seeking to bar the government from implementing section 42 of the Agriculture Fisheries and Food Authority…


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